The Sweet Far Thing, Part V

The Sweet Far ThingSo, I finished it. I slept better afterwards. I’m glad it’s over. I enjoyed the process of reading the book, but I’m glad it’s over. I think that says a lot. Some books (most recently The Shell Seekers) stay with me for days after I finish them. This book, though, stayed with me while I was in the midst of it, but a purging occurred the moment I turned the last page.

Some reviews have mentioned some disillusionment with the ending. I was okay with the somewhat less-than-perfect ending. The only issue I had with the ending was the sacrifice of two of the characters for the apparent sake of sacrificing the characters, rather than propelling the plot.

I don’t want to say too much. I liked the book. I liked the series. I liked Gemma Doyle. But, overall, I was disappointed by the last installment. Also, I must note that the ending of this book reminded me of the ending of the movie The Return of the King. I kept finishing chapters that felt like the end and there would still be more. Overall, it gets three stars.

The Sweet Far Thing, by Libba Bray [rating:3]

See Part VI, Part III, Part II, and Part I.

Sigh. Today, I ventured again into Sam Weller’s in Salt Lake City. I bought Divisadero, Michael Ondaatje’s new book. I might have to venture there before getting back to The Golden Notebook.