Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Different Girl
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.
Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.
Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.
This book was very different. It was a creative idea, but I think it needs more detail and more answers to be done well. The characters are like robots, but we are never really told that. There needs to be more explanation than a sleep (power?) button behind their ear.
The story itself moved really slowly. I felt like there was not a point to the book. The majority of the book was about about the girls/robots learning how to ask and answer questions. It was all about exploration, but it all confused me and seemed kind of pointless. Along with this, not much happened until the second half of the book. When it did happen, there was no explanation. I still could not tell you who came, why, what all they did, etc. Then it ends with the girls rebuilding things. There was no point to this book.
I received this book for review in return for an honest review.