Sunspots by Karen S. Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book created a lot of debate about the role of women and the stereotypes they are forced to take on in the fictional world or the real one. Many of the women in my reading group felt Aurora was made weak on purpose and this was not necessary. To a certain extent, I agree. But let's look at it from a different perspective. I've known my husband for more than 20 years, we've been married for years. Should something happen to him, would I become as broken as Aurora? I think so.
The flashback elements of the book worked for me although smoother transitions in some sections might have helped. This is based on my own experience and I do know that some readers felt the flashbacks were the best part of the book.
Karen Bell's achievement in Sunspots isn't the story or the character, it is her writing. With thousands of books at any time you look, how does a book a stand out? For me, it's how the author makes you feel through her writing. Five or ten years from now, it will be difficult to tell some young adult books apart from their counterparts, but writing like this stays with the reader.
Would I recommend this read? Absolutely, I think some newer readers might find her writing style different but a for the more mature reader who is looking for a book with a unique storyline they can treasure through time, Sunspots is definitely for you.
Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, this book is recommended for readers aged 13 and above.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
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