“I missed night. I had other reasons to disobey, too like wanting to escape the cameras, but most of all, I missed the deep, vacant darkness of night.” I love a good first line, and the beginning of The Vault of Dreamers captured me, immediately. Anyone who’s read O’Brien’s Birthmarked trilogy knows what a statement she’s making with that first ...
After two adventure-filled novels, Promised has lots of plot to deal with and loose ends to wrap up. O’Brien does a nice job, here. Gaia has a lot to do, between saving herself, her family, and …for the sake of spoilers, let’s just say a lot of other people, but she manages to pull things off, and have some ...
I enjoyed Prized every bit as much as Birthmarked, the first in the series. I was thrown, here and there, by O’Brien’s writing style; there were a couple of conversations that confused me a little, because the characters were expressing emotions that we were supposed to understand they’d been feeling, when they hadn’t been clear at all. I found ...
Overall, I felt warm-ish about Birthmarked. When it began, I found it maybe a little juvenile. At some point, I found myself shocked to discover that the book does not take place in some sort of medieval period–rather, it’s more dystopian. Either I missed that explanation completely, or it’s just not made clear at all. There’s a bit of ...