by Leah Bobet
Published April 1st 2012
Above is a tale told from the point of view of Matthew who was born in an underground sanctuary called Safe. Residents of Safe are primarily people with some sort of mutation and are known as Freaks or Beasts by the people of Above. And Matthew who was born from a mother who had gills and a father who had lion's feet have the ability to tell stories. Thus he is known as the Teller.
The story would have been wonderful with the collection of colourful different characters (except for Ariel) but the disjointed writing ultimately threw me off. It is reminiscent of Moira Young's style in Blood Red Road which is borderline unique and confusing. In Blood Red Road the plotline is intense enough to keep me going, unfortunately for Above it is not. After fleeing from Safe, all Matthew/Teller does is to keep Ariel out of trouble and at the same time coming up with a plan to return to Safe. Ultimately, I think this is just not for me. I did finish the book though.
Recommended for: fans Incarceron, Pure and Blood Red Road
Verdict: 2 stars.
In my Debut Author Reading Challenge
Available on: Amazon