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Friday, February 11, 2011
OBERNEWTYN by Isobelle Carmody
Obernewtyn, by Isobel Carmody is a somewhat difficult book to get into, but once you do, it’s great!
'In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. And for Elspeth Gordie, it is also dangerous. That's because Elspeth has a secret: she is a Misfit, born with mysterious mental abilities that she must keep hidden under threat of death. And her worries only multiply when she is exiled to the mountain compound known as Obernewtyn, where—for all her talents—Elspeth may finally and truly be out of her depth. Then she learns she’s not the only one concealing secrets at Obernewtyn.’
When I started Obernewtyn, I could not get into it, but for some reason I kept picking the book back up and reading a few paragraphs or a page or two. Maybe it was because I spent money on the book and I didn’t want my money to go to waste or maybe because I knew that the book was going to be good. I choose the latter, because this book was good. Obernewtyn by the brilliant, yet sadly unrealized Isobelle Carmody is a true tale. Though it gets a little dull sometimes, it is so unique and fresh and interesting that the dullness doesn’t matter; you just want to know what’s going to happen next.
The main character, Elspeth Gordie is a great protagonist who is very realistic and complex. Elspeth is a Misfit, a human with a special talent that is punishable by enslavement and death. This story deals with many real problems and is set in a post-apocalyptic, delusional world where people are prosecuted for being different and all Misfits are sent to the Orphanage known as Obernewtyn, in the cold, frigid mountains. The book has a very unique underlining parallel that mirrors the prejudice that comes with being gay or of a different race. The Misfits are thought of as unnatural and gross and they should not be afforded the same rights and respect as normal people.
Some of the Misfit talents featured in the book/series include Empathy, Visions/Dream Searching and Talking to Animals. The book might have its slow, dull moments, but the mystery of the characters and secrets will keep you reading to to the awesome end.ing. ; < )
Over All, The Book Gets A 3.6!