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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this by because it's not His Dark Materials, 10 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Broken Bridge (Paperback)
I've seen a few negative reviews for this book so far, mostly because it's not the same as His Dark Materials. Of course it's not: it's not fantasy. It's focused completely on our reality, and the themes of adolescence: identity, secrets, sexuality.
The story focuses on Ginny and her discoveries about her past. Every so often, we get a page in italics detailing her few memories of the time before she lived with her father. Gradually, they take their place in the story. As soon as one thing is revealed, another is obscured. One of the greatest shocks is Ginny discovering that she has a half-brother. It's refreshing to see that although they predictably hate each other at first, by the end they have developed an understanding after being confronted with prejudice and psychotic rage. Ginny herself grows up a lot and learns to forgive people for their faults. Whilst not possessing the awesome reach or imagination of His Dark Materials, this story does showcase Pullman's talent for examining psychological issues and characters who aren't what they seem. It's rhythmic, and pacey, but it doesn't tie up all the knots.
An involving read.
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