Teen Review: Strange the Dreamer
Review by Sameen, age 15, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group
On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.
If I had to describe Laini Taylor's "Strange the Dreamer" in one word, I would call it entrancing. Not only can the premise and plot teleport you into the story's beautiful world, but the writing can swallow you whole. Every sentence, every word is its own perfection and feels equivalent to warm chocolate melting on one's tongue. The novel is poetry and every phrase has meaning and heart.
Dream up something wild and improbable. Something beautiful and full of monsters.
Each and every character in this enchanting story was different and developed amazingly. Even the worst of the characters, like the best, could mirror the darkest parts of myself. The protagonist, Lazlo Strange's life was filled with nothing, but books and stories. He lived on them and on his dreams of seeing the lost city with a forgotten name. Laini had created this character like so many other's, with such detail and precision, it was hard to let any of them go once the book was finished. Their dreams had become mine.
He looked him right in the eyes and saw a man who was great and good and human, who had done extraordinary things and terrible things and been broken and reassembled as a shell, only then to do the bravest thing of all: He had kept on living, though there are easier paths to take.
After reading the first novel of the duology, it became impossible for me to be completely transported back into the real world. I had seen the City of Weep and now it's become a part of me. I would recommend this book to anyone that shares my love for reading as I eagerly wait to return back to Weep in Laini's second installment, "Muse of Nightmares".
Like nightmares, dreams were insidious things, and didn't like being locked away.
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