Firstly, some of you may have noticed that this book took me very long to read. That was not because I didn’t enjoy this book, quite the opposite! I loved it so much that I wanted to enjoy every poetic detail, I cherished it so much I didn’t want it to be over.
The story contains two, or actually three, different stories. One is a story of a blind girl in Paris, another about a boy who is in a training school for Hitler’s Reich, and the third is about a dying man who’s desperate for a cure. All of them were told in such a way that you can’t help but have compassion for all the main character, even if they are so different.
The one object that connects all of them is a precious stone called the Sea of Flames. They say it has a special power: the holder will live forever, but everyone he loves dies. That almost supernatural aspect is awesome and it really adds to the story.
I think the goal for this book was to show how everyone was, in a way, a victim of the war and Anthony Doerr most certainly succeeded in that.
This book is a work of art, written very beautifully and poetic and so vivid - I really felt like I was a part of this story while reading it.
I’m going to be honest: normally I don’t really like historical fiction and I doubted I was gonna like All the Light We Cannot See. But this story was written so well, the characters so well developed, that I couldn’t help but love it! So thanks Anthony Doerr for introducing me to a whole new genre.
I feel like this is one of those books that I would have LOVED a few years ago, but doesn’t work out for me anymore.
The book follows the story of two teenagers in love: Emma and Lucas. Unfortunately, Lucas is dying of cancer and of course Emma would do anything to save him. So, she pays a visit to the local witch to find a cure, which she gets. Lucas starts feeling better, but something is off. He is not himself anymore..
To me, the characters didn't feel very real. They were all a bit 2D and stereotyped in my opinion. For example, Emma is the YA heroine with an ego the size of Pluto, Scott is the cool alien that can do anything (like healing a girl’s cancer) by just being there and Eric is the 14-year-old brother that acts like he is 18. I did not feel a connection to any of them.
From a Distant Star is a cute YA sci-fi story. Nothing more and nothing less. Like I said, 15-year-old me would have loved this, because a cute YA sci-fi story was exactly what I was looking for in books back then. Nowadays I like my books to have some more depth, or at least to be a bit more exciting. This book didn't contain any plot twists, which I kind of missed and some bits were actually quite annoying, like Emma’s possessiveness.
I would recommend this book to girls (and boys) age 14-16 who love sci-fi and a cute love story.
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.