Author- Sally Gardner.
Publish date- 2013.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
A man is haunted by war, the presence of death, a bizzare chance meeting and a man who puts on a belt only to become a wolf, and yet he must continue on if he is to save the one he loves.
What I thought:
I was so excited to see a new novel by Sally Gardner in my local bookstore when I went in for a look around, especially after so recently having read and highly enjoyed "I, Coriander", and Tinder looked just like the perfect choice of a book to buy.
There is something very entrancing about Sally Gardner's work, something I recognise in both her books I've now read. They are vivid and come to life on the page so that you see the story passing as if from only a short distance away; they have an unsettling undertone that keeps you thinking and keeps the story going, and they don't shy away from harshness.
I have to say that, without the beautiful illustrations by David Roberts, which fit the book just perfectly and were, in fortunate addition, something I had been yearning for in a YA novel- pictures, glorious pictures!- without them the book wouldn't have made such a lasting impression on me.
I don't know if like would be the right word to describe how I feel about Tinder. I could certainly re-read it because the whole story is incredibly intriguing and the second time around I can only imagine the things I will see differently, but I wouldn't quite call it a favourite book. I'm glad to have my own copy, would be even if I disliked the story mightily because the illustrations, of which the book is ful, are just lovely.
Like I, Coriander, it's a story that lingers and makes you wonder exactly what would have happened next, because though it's not exactly an open ending, there's plenty for you to think about.
There were a few things I didn't like about the story- sometimes I felt that it was too inevitable, and the descriptions that come with a village terrorised by werewolves isn't exactly pleasant, but that's to be expected.
Rating: Excellent (but very peculiar).
I look forward to getting others opinions and reading it again in a year or two- lots of mention to the illustrations, which are exquisite- this will look lovely on my bookshelf.