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5.0 out of 5 stars A slow burning fuse with a big bang at the end!, 2 Jun 2014
This review is from: Over Odyssey: Yellow (Paperback)
I suspect some publishers would have insisted that the book's unusual size is trimmed to about half, and its first chapters be cut off, or tightened to make them more action-packed.

How much would have been missed, in such a case! Don't get me wrong, there is no lack of action in this haunting book. In fact, towards the end it leaves the reader hanging on the edge of their seat. It's just that the author builds up the tension gradually, with a slow, steady rhythm that may seem at odds with today's expectations of getting a big explosion on page one.

Instead, Carnival has opted for exploring his characters in full depth, making them truly three-dimensional, before throwing them into the heat of battle(s). He examines their relationship to each other, digging deeply into interpersonal and family relations. The missing, yet oddly present father and older sister; the sweet, loving relationship between Ex and Gadget; the often tense, but always tender relationship with the mother; the search for friendship in a tough world, oblivious of its end screeching towards it: these are the real themes of this extraordinary book.

This is a book about relationships, as much as adventure. If you're the kind of reader who gets bored after a chapter where "nothing happens" (ie, there are no explosions or car chases), I advise you to look elsewhere.

If, however, you're the kind that prefers a sweet, gentle - yet relentless in the inevitability of impending doom and filled with action once all the pieces have been set - tale, then look no further: this is the perfect book for you.

I'm eagerly anticipating Book 2, Over Odyssey: Blue.
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