Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 22, 2015)
Rating: 2 stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3
For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut.
The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.
An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is.
*Received an advanced e-copy in exchange for a honest review via Edelweiss.
I guess I should start off this review with something nice to say but for the life of me I can’t think of anything to say. Look I really wanted to like this one. It was one of my highly anticipated reads of 2015 but I was bummed out when it didn’t resonated with me. Simply put, I couldn’t connect with the characters and I found the story long and boring. Seriously, this is the year of the boring books for me.
While the premise was intriguing and attention grabbing the writing and the book was not. I’m mostly likely in the minority with my review but this is how I feel. So The Unquiet is about “parallel” Earths but I don’t even know if that is accurate. Basically, in this book every one has a double and the main character Lirael is trained to kill and replace her duplicate.
Yes great concept but the execution fell flat. Even thought Lirael goes through some horrible shit and questions whether or not she is a good person, I just didn’t care. One The Unquiet took way too long to get anywhere and by the second half it starts to frizzle and fall apart. Secondly, I never really understood why the characters in this book were so passive. Why they never really though outside of the box. I know they were pretty much brainwashed at a young age but there is always that one that will go against the grain but you never really seen that in the book,
Also, as a reader I was a bit uncomfortable with the whole genocide tone that take place in this book. Killing for the sake of killing is not okay. If the author had made a good reason and argument about why Lirael and the others had to essentially kill these innocent people I might have been forgiven but there wasn’t any reason. It just was. Lirael was basically a train assassin that I didn’t care for.
I didn’t care for the her story and as a character I found her extremely boring. I think the author was going for complex and complicated but instead got bland oatmeal. She was more blander than cook white rice.
I think overall, the point of The Unquiet was whether are not a person is still a “good” person even though they did bad things. Unfortunately, by the end of the book I didn’t either way.
With that said I will get The Unquiet points for the disturbing atmosphere. It’s haunting and depressing all at the same time. Bleak. Gritty. You get a clear sense of what life is like for Lirael but even that couldn’t save this book. Which is a shame because it had so much potential. The story is good but there are just some things, at least to me that knocks rating down.
Still, if you crave dystopian and are looking for a new take on it, I would recommend The Unquiet. Just don’t expect much within the nearly 500 pages book.