Pantomimeby Laura Lam
Published February 5th 2013
This is a really hard review to write because after finishing the book, I thought long and hard what was I going to say about it and honestly my mind just goes completely blank.
I really wanted to like this book and was eagerly waiting for its release since last year. In all honesty, I was expecting a magical journey filled with extraordinary antics of the circus performers but the magical elements fell short. Instead I got a deeply confused child trying to find a place where he actually belongs.
It's not truly a bad book and there are some wonderful secondary characters in the mix, notably the two aerialist; Arik and Aenea who took Micah under their wings and Drystan the serious clown with a secret past.
But the issues surrounding Micah is quite a controversial one and I'm left wondering if younger readers will understand the underlying message that the author try to convey. I do think that she deserves a credit for trying to touch such a taboo subject. However, some elements are confusing. For example, it might be good to have a map of all the places surrounding Ellada. There are mentions of Byssia, Michada and other far reaching places but no further explanations regarding it. A map would be really helpful. And I'm still trying to figure out what the whole chimaera thing and why does Micah the only who can see it? Hopefully such questions will be answered in the next installment. I'm also so curious on how the writer will address the whole Micah/Gene issue. If this was a contemporary YA dealing with such topic, I'm sure quite a few eyebrows will be raised.
Verdict: 3 stars.
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Available on: Amazon