Two books down, 18 to go in 2016! Let’s chat about All the Light We Cannot See.
I don’t know where to really start with this review because of I have very mixed feelings about this book.
Let’s start on the positive side with the PROS:
- I loved that this was such a unique story. It’s unlike most other books I’ve read which was a real treat.
- Anthony Doerr was so descriptive and vivid in his writing, that I could picture all of the locations of this book perfectly and felt transported to Europe during World War II.
- I love that at the end of the book we got a glimpse into the future to see where the central characters ended up in life and didn’t just follow them during an isolated time period.
Now for the CONS:
- This is obviously nothing against Anthony Doerr and the book he wrote, but this was not a light read by any means, so it was difficult for me to get into it each night after an exhausting and long day.
- To me, this book was S-L-O-W. There were so many times when I wanted to flat out stop reading it, but all of the wonderful things I’d heard about this book made me read on. For most of the book, I was just waiting for something big to happen, but it never did. It wasn’t really until about 2/3 of the way in, that I really got invested in the story and the power to keep chugging along.
- When I finished this book, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders because I had finally made it through. It took me a little over a month to read it, which is a long time for me.
- I didn’t feel like the ending fit the tone of the rest of the book. The book was so heavy and the ending to me was too perfectly wrapped up and was very quick, much unlike the previous 500 pages.
After all of the great reviews I’ve read of this book, I know that my opinion is wildly unpopular. I really did want to love it, but in the end, I just couldn’t. I do, though, absolutely respect and appreciate the beautifully written words and unique story that I read. Maybe I’ll like it more in a few months when I look back on it?
So, have you read this book? What did you think? I want to know!
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