Clara Saracho Saracho itibaren Rellingen, Almanya
This book was not only a good read, but also gave me a feeling for what those early explorers endured. Dan Simmons always make me think.
Read on Kindle - library loan Really 2.5 stars I finished this book yesterday and I'm still not completely sure what I want to say about it. There were parts that I loved - this young woman can definitely write and I'll be interested to see what else she writes. But as a whole this book just didn't hold together - it felt like a lot of disjointed stories. Parts of those stories were engaging and interesting to read, but something was missing for me. I also found the POV hard to swallow - the main character tells all the stories - in very minute detail - even ones that her grandfather recounted to her. I found it hard to believe that a) her grandfather would have described everything in such detail and b) that she would remember it so precisely. To cover this as the book goes along the author comes up with strange pretexts of how Natalia learns these stories - it would have been better to just let it be instead of calling attention to the fact that there is no way the main character could ever have known these stories or have an omniscient narrator. It also bothered me that I couldn't place the story - come to find out there was a reason for that - it wasn't a real war, real countries or real places.