Release Date: February 21st 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.
Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.
Everything I learned about storytelling is apparently wrong because this book has almost no plot, and definitely no resolution. No ending, not even a sad one. I just didn’t get it. We are left with only questions, no answers. Some answers you may be able to infer, but with no validation or hint that you are on the right track-what does it matter? What exactly is the point of this story?
If it was to explore what exactly humanity is, it failed at that miserably. I believe Dahlquist might have had a goal in mind when he wrote this but it was absolutely poor execution. When I finished this, I told my co-blogger that it might be the worst book I had ever read.
Your brain is likely to shut down before you figure out this one. The only metaphor I can think of for this one is this: Imagine you are given numerous puzzle pieces, each from a different puzzle, and are told to complete it. You try even though your efforts are wasted because there is no way to complete the puzzle because the pieces are all from different puzzles with no hope for fitting.
It wasn’t just the no plot, open-ended word fest that bothered me. It was even the writing itself. There are pages upon pages of girl just describing their days. What they saw, they heard, etc. It literally goes on and on, and there is a repeat of this every day.