Some books are just special.
- Author: Samantha Mabry
- Publisher: Algonquin YR
- Year: 2017 (to be released: Oct. 10th)
- Genre vibe: Idk weird stuff but in the DESERT
- At a glance: Sarah Jac and James pose as cousins at whatever ranch it is they can find work at, because it’s easier that way. Sarah Jac poses a lot of things, because it’s easier that way. It’s easier to pretend in the desert and just get on with your life, when you’ve lived through the things Sarah Jac has. But the thing about the desert is that it’s got its own way of pretending for you.
So this book is as beautiful as it looks, hands down. Samantha Mabry is a gem–A Fierce and Subtle Poison is just what it says it is: subtle and dangerous, sinking its teeth into you and hanging on long after you’ve read it. All the Wind in the World is no different. Samantha gifted my roommate and I an ARC at a signing a few weeks ago. We proceeded to devour it, and then I couldn’t figure out what to write about it, because it’s just been sticking with me like dirt under my fingernails ever since.
Here’s what I ended up deciding upon: I can’t tell you what I liked about this book, because spoilers.
This is not normally something that I do! I am a firm believer in being able to describe what I loved without having to go into detail, and an even firmer one in not crying SPOILERS! But there is an exception to every rule, and here it is.
Because there is something about Sarah Jac’s heartache after every single event of this book, in the final scene. There’s something about the reality of what James does over the course of the story. There is something special and honest and kind of terrible about how this book ends that my favorite thing about this book lies in its impact alone, and for me in how it made me feel like I was a little bit Sarah Jac, a little bit James.
So to wax poetic about this book feels inadequate, because it’s something you have to see to believe. Which, I know, sounds fake, but trust me on this one. If you’ve ever been the kind of person that hated the desert, that loved the desert, that hated loving someone, that loved seeing someone every day, that needed to do things with your hands, you want to read this book. Mark your calendars.
Some books are–
- 5/5 stars
- grit and desperation and digging your fingernails in so you don’t lose what you’ve got
- Spirits by The Strumbellas
- recommended to people who need something but don’t know what it is, and people who like the desert.