Review: The Light Fnatastic by Sarah Combs

28814848The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: Various
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Murder

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Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything.

Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan’s eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about? Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but she can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins’ machinations? The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink—and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.


DNF – 65%

THE LIGHT FANTASTIC started out great. The writing was great, the characters were interesting and I sure wanted to know where the author was going with all that was happening.

But then suddenly, I realized some things that started to annoy me.

The author isn’t very consistent. As in, some chapters are narrated in the 1st person point of view, while others are narrated in the 3rd person point of view.

Also, the choice of narrators doesn’t follow an order, and there are many of them, and it’s not always immediately clear who the narrator is. So I often felt confused until I realized who the narrator was, and then I felt compelled to re-read the beginning of the chapter. But what the hell, I don’t have the time to do that.

I was going to finish this book, I really was, until I met a good friend in the line to wait for the bus, and she asked me, ‘‘Hey, cool book. What is it about?’’

And I had no idea how to answer this simple question.

So I said, ‘‘It’s about people who want to murder other people.’’ And saying that, I felt very stupid. Like come on, Lola, you’re better-spoken than that.

And it’s true that this isn’t the only thing the book focuses on, but it’s the MAIN thing. It’s pretty underwhelming when you think about it. Not exactly a ‘‘happy book.’’

The thing is, most of the time, it doesn’t make sense that those kids want to kill other people. Not convincing enough.

Also, I really, really didn’t feel ANY kind of connection to any of them, and there are SO many different narrators. It’s pathetic.

Cool cover, indeed, though.

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5 thoughts on “Review: The Light Fnatastic by Sarah Combs

  1. Oh that blows! It sucks when a book has different narrators and you can’t distinguish a characters voice. I would’ve DNFed also because like you said, “I don’t have time for that”. Thanks for your honest review as always!


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