Liar by Justine Larbalestier
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
When the controversy over the cover art exploded this summer, I was intrigued. Perhaps I missed it, but the discussion of the book itself didn't give me any clue as to how manipulated I'd feel when I read the book.
It wasn't manipulated in the sense one might imagine (Micah is, after all, an admitted liar). It was manipulated by the author, who didn't have any subtlety in terms of plot or writing: too many "oh, well, yeah, that was a lie... but there was some truth in it" passages, too many twists that were telegraphed from afar (the Big Reveal about the Family Illness? I guessed what it was long before), and what felt like too little respect for the reader.
The last few pages of the book are take up with author's acknowledgments - four pages worth. IMVHO, if you have to tell us about the Big Names (Holly Black, for example) that read the book in some draft form, then you're not bragging, you're justifying the book's existence. Sigh.
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