September 22, 2016

#GreatIdeaBadExecution The Wonder By: Emma Donoghue Review

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Wonder By: Emma Donoghue in exchange for an honest review. 

Short Review Summary: 
Lots of boredom, very little wonder. 

The Wonder started off very slow for me. It took too long for Lib (and the reader) to meet Anna. When I first read the summary for this book I couldn't wait to see what Anna would be like. Would she appear healthy? What about her personality? What is this child like that believes she's living off manna from heaven? Well it took too long to get there for me and it was a little boring in the parts before she met Anna. 

Unfortunately, most of the book ended up being pretty dull for me. There is a lot going on that was being described that didn't seem to have any bearing on the story. I'm guessing that was just there for filler. I expected to feel for Lib and Anna's characters and I never did. Not only that, but I felt zero connection between Lib and Anna. Which not only did I really want a connection to be there, but a few things in the ending seemed forced due to the lack of a connection that I felt. 

Luckily The Wonder did pick up pace a bit near the end. Which I hated. :x Despite hating the ending, I was curious what would happen next and that gave me a little motivation to finish the book. I was so close to DNFing many times. Also, it says in the Goodreads summary "a powerful psychological thriller." I didn't get that at ALL and I think that's terrible marketing. I didn't get a thriller vibe at all for this one. 

Overall I'm glad The Wonder is a fast read because I probably could have lived my life without reading this one. I am not impressed. I am disappointed since this is the first book I've read by this author other than room, which I loved. The only positive thing I can really say is that the overall premise is intriguing and there are a couple of thought provoking parts that I liked. 

I personally can't recommend this one since I was so underwhelmed. 

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