So, we’ve finished – one of us more slowly than the other – The Invasion of the Tearling.
As we resumed reading, our texting returned to the previous pattern.
Amanda: I am scared for the choices Kelsea is making! But some of them I think I love.
Really glad there is a third book coming!
10% left. I am glad we didn’t stop at each 30% because I wouldn’t have waited for you sister.
Holly: This book is crazy. I am at 65%.
Amanda: [expectantly] Crazy good?
Holly: Crazy crazy. And icky.
[Many many days later]
Amanda: Please tell me you are off today pal.
[This because working has seriously interfered with Holly’s ability to blog/read/be-a-good-sister-pal/enjoy life]
Holly: Yessss! And I finished the Tearling in bed this morning. That is a weird book.
Amanda: But did you like it?
Holly: [Avoiding] You first. Did you?
Amanda: Not as much as #1, but totally. The [removed spoiler] was genius.
Holly: I do not understand why [removed spoiler]. I am so full of confusion.
Amanda: In the end, I really like how much we got about the pre-Crossing world – just wasn’t expecting it to come through flashbacks. [Or fugues]
Holly: [borrowing my niece’s go-to expression] It’s not my favorite.
Amanda: What I like is that Kelsea isn’t all pure bravery and goodness. She’s clearly really got a dark side. I’m scared at how dark she’s going to go and whether she’ll be able to pull herself back.
Holly: What I didn’t like was the weird cutting phenomenon, the focus on Kelsea’s level of attractiveness and how that changes her, the combination of fantasy/magic and future/dystopia, and any and all romantic impulses and relationships among these people.
Amanda: Yes, clearly the cutting creeped me out. It breaks my heart whenever I read on that topic. I didn’t like the physical changes at all – until we understand why. Even then, I got it, but that certainly didn’t do a lot to further the story for me. I wonder if Kelsea could have made the decisions she did for her personal life without those changes though? I really hope there is some mutual love in the 3rd book! No loving anyone unattainable! I’m over that.
Amanda’s bottom line: I loved this, though not quite as much as the Queen of the Tearling. I am kind of dying to see how it ends. How does Kelsea pull it off? WILL she pull it off? She has to right?
Holly’s bottom line: WTF?
Have you read The Invasion of the Tearling? Tell us what you think! I know I’m going to be rereading both of these books before the end of the year – and buying the Australian editions because the covers are WAY better – anyone else?