Author- Bernard Beckett.
Publish date- 2005.
What I thought:
This was such a strange book that between the time I finished it (around 2 months ago) and now, I'm still not quite sure what I want, or have to say about it.
Written in a singular way, the story follows Anax as she takes the exam to get into the Academy- her chosen subject is the life of Adam, and so she tells his story to the examiners as if they've never heard it. I didn't personally enjoy this take, as if felt like the whole book was a massive info dump , though I was constantly sure that there would be more to this book then just that, or that it had to be leading somewhere more... I felt sure that at some point it would take a new direction, which would give more life to the story, but unfortunately that never happened. Because of the way the story is told, it also made it difficult to really be able to become a part of it, and every moment I felt as if I were starting to fall into the story, we (the reader) would be reminded that it was an exam. Two stories were being told, neither of which I ever felt entirely convinced by.
The ending to this story, though, may just be the winning factor for me. It was so incredibly unexpected, and I appreciate the fact that I was so stunned by it. It made the book memorable for me, though I wish something had happened earlier, because it came a little too late.
I didn't always like it, didn't ever outright enjoy it, but nor did I entirely dislike it. I'll remember it every now and then, I think, but I don't know if I'll ever decide whether it's for good or bad that it sticks with me.