Thursday, September 26, 2013
Book Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Oh wow! I can't believe I actually loved this book! I read some negative reviews, and decided not to expect anything spectacular of it. Boy, how wrong I'd been!!!
Some Quiet Place was a sophisticated read. It was full of drama, tragedy, romance and whatever else a nice teen book should have. The story telling is really captivating. The reader has no clue what's going on until the very end, and I liked that. It worked amazingly for the story. There are so many unanswered questions, so many hidden truths that it's impossible not to get sucked into the life of Elizabeth, the lead female.
Also, every single character - be it human, emotion or elemental has it's own specific purpose; it's own role in the world. It's own depth and individuality. Motives for acting and being. I really liked that.
So, this is the story of a girl named Elizabeth. Only, she isn't like any other normal teenager. She's different in that she can't feel a single emotion. No fear, no love, no friendship. Nothing at all. Not that she doesn't want to, but there's a barrier inside of her that makes it impossible to feel. And to deepen it all up, the lack of emotion in Elizabeth brought out so much more emotion around her! It was incredible! Where she was lacking, everyone else seemed to be supplying the emotions for her - be it rage, love, disappointment, fear or whatever.
It's important to note here that Elizabeth knows who she's supposed to be, until she realizes it's all a big scam. Who is she? What is she? Her family - is it her own?
Things get even more complicated as her nightmares intensify. The guy who follows her everywhere (in dreams and in life alike) - who is he? What does he want?
It was very well written and explained, how completely empty of all things emotion-related Elizabeth is. Let's take those nightmares for example. They were scary as hell - burning, destructive pain oozing from each and every one of them. But all she feels is a sense of numbness. She knows she should feel fear or despair, and even pain, but she doesn't.
Until she starts paying attention to a certain boy, and a certain Emotion's words. Then slowly but decisively, hell breaks loose and nothing's left as it used to be.
Who is Elizabeth now? And who does her heart belong to?
I must say that Elizabeth was a deep and thoroughly depicted character. I loved everything about her. Even when she couldn't feel. But my favorite character was Fear. With his icy blue, piercing eyes, and his white-to-silver hair, he was perfect. He was the only persistent character, who cared enough to solve the mystery that was Elizabeth. He resembled his name in appearance, and his touch did entice fear in whomever he came to place his hand on. But there was extreme beauty (inner and outer) to his coldness too. He was loving, compassionate, gentle. He was also selfless and ready to sacrifice everything he had for the sake of his true love.
In conclusion, I want to say that Some Quiet Place was amazingly refreshing, intriguing and touching. It introduces a lot of problems that we as humans should pay better attention to.
My rating is 5/5