*Narrated by David Linski
When I saw movies like The Bad Seed and The Good Son, I wondered: How on earth does a child manage to manipulate in such a way? How do they kill and nobody notice? It was always a mystery to me; a disappointing mystery. I was hoping this story wouldn't disappoint me. I can understand a parent not wanting to see the ugly truth, but simply turning a blind eye...?
Che is an Aussie teenager with a sister who admits things like, "I love ice cream. I love chess and mathematics... I love getting away with things. But I don't love people. They're either useful or they're not. You're useful to me, Che. But I don't think that's love."
Che's sister, is clever, highly intelligent, fearless, callous and so much more. All the qualities of a Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD). She's a developing psychopath.
This story was a breath of fresh air, but there were a few issues that kept nagging at me. The first: I believe this book should sit in the New Adult category. Yes, it's a teen story, but there are a few scenes I wouldn't want my teen reading. I even felt a bit voyeuristic, but not a huge deal-buster.
Where I had the biggest issue is with the parents, David and Sally raised their children to be inquisitive and discover information for themselves. They were also atheist. So why in the world were they calling Jesus and God and Jesus Christ so much? Is that a norm for atheists If you don't believe, why call on him? Again, it's no big deal, but since it was a major point in the story, I found it rather vexing. There are other issues with the story, but they weren't as bothersome. I can say that I was surprised by the ending. I also felt so terrible for Che, who'd dealt with everything for so long, it affected him adversely- he was the true loser of the story, and yet, a quiet hero.
I walked away from this novel in a morose state. I felt so bad for Che- which was obviously the goal of Larbalestier. She did a great job telling the story, and the narrator, also an Aussie, made the story. It moves at a medium pace.but it's not slow. Check it out while I move on to the next read!
My Sister Rosa
November 15, 2016
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