The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this so much, but there's something that feels "off" to me here: I never quite warmed to Faith or felt sorry for her plight, the island isn't as well described as it would have been, and with the exception of the Tree itself, it all felt a bit phoned in, as though the book were washed in sepia tones. All too often things were conveniently found or explained rather than being organically part of the plot. Of course, I'm probably alone in this so...
ARC provided by publisher.`