Book Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Among OthersAmong Others by Jo Walton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such a strange story. How could I explain it?

The story is told through the diary of Morwenna Phelps. A 15 year-old girl who ran away from her mother's home, after her twin sister dies. Mor is placed in a Children's Home (child services type establishment), the home contacts her estranged father. Mor's father, Daniel, left their mother a few years after the twins were born. Daniel lives with his three sisters who own an estate which he manages. The sisters send Mor to a boarding school in England, and this is where the majority of the story takes place.

There is a magical aspect to this story; however, I would not tout this as a fantasy novel. Several times, while reading, I became unsure as to whether Mor was experiencing magic or experiencing psychopathy.

We leave Mor as abruptly as we joined her. Things are left unsaid, questions unanswered. However, the question of Mor is settled.

I would recommend this to ... lovers of books. No devourers of books. This is not a book that I would recommend to many people.

Favorite quote ... "That's what life is, and how I intend to live it."

Why did I love this book ... it's hard to say. I felt a kinship to Mor due to mutual family circumstances. I felt close to her through her love of books. I wanted her to find herself and was comforted by the end of the story. Also, I love this book, because I want to know more. I want to read the books that are mentioned and then I want to read Among Others again.

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