Above by Leah Bobet
Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.
But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe’s history and the shadows’ attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.
“People Above will hurt you. People Above will break you, and devour your heart raw.”
I, once again, picked up a book because of a pretty cover. And, again, I was disappointed. There were a lot of things wrong with Above.
The world created was great–I loved the premise of normal people living the the same world as some monstrous creatures. What I didn’t like was the storyline. It was irritating. There were too many plot holes! There were questions that were never answered!
The characters, another thing I don’t like. Matthew, the main protagonist, childish and too obsessed with “his” Ariel. Ariel was soft and cries a lot, but that was overlooked, because she was crazy. Literally. Corner, the antagonist, has quite petty reasons, on why she wants to attack Safe. Basically, all of them were irritating, underdeveloped and disliked.
The romance was disturbing. No toe-curling romance for me! What I got, was nauseating obsession. Matthew “loved” Ariel from the first time he saw her. *shudders* As the story progressed, I was kinda, take note, kinda feeling bad for him because it seemed like some sort of unrequited love. But that was all thrown out the window when he still didn’t stop calling her “his.” I mean, I liked the romance between Doctor Marybeth and Jack better! And that was even barely there!
The writing. Dear God the writing. It was horrible, for me, at least. I had to reread every other sentence twice because I didn’t get the sentence construction. I didn’t get who was talking! I barely understood the book. The narrator didn’t explain anything. The worst part is, it was like the book wasn’t even edited.
Exhibit A : In the last chapters, all the words “she” became “sie.” All the words “her” became “hir.” It was highly irritating to read.
Exhibit B : “Corner was forgot.” *rolls eyes*
Overall, I really didn’t enjoy this book and probably wouldn’t recommend it.