I first started to read the prologue in this book, I was slightly worried
this would be another one of these books you want to like, but just
can't get properly into. But after the prologue it got better. The
universe in this book was really interesting and even though the main
character was a bit boring at times, it was interesting to see the world
through his eyes. Since Owen Hardy, the main character, has lived a
very sheltered life, everything in this world is as new to him as it is
to us, and Owens optimistic view on life colours all his experiences. I
liked the conflict in the book, how Owen was a symbol for making your
own choices and that choosing between two extremes isn't always the
wisest thing to do.
I liked the pace of the story and would have
liked to learn more about some of the pople Owen meets and learn more
about some of the places he goes. One thing that bothered me a bit, was
that no matter what Owen did, everything always seemed to work out for
the best. Those few times he really was in trouble, we just skipped over
the problem, moved farther ahead in the story and continued when
everything was alright again.
I feelt like the book was a good
length, but at the same time, I wish we could get to know more about
some of the things that was only hinted at, like the theories about
other worlds and the myths about the Seven Cities.
When I was reading
the book, it was entertaining and I wanted to continue reading, but as
soon as I put the book down, I found it hard to pick it back up. That is
why it only gets a three star rating. I liked the book, but the story
didn't suck me in enough to get me to pick up the book every day.
This was a quick read, once I got into it I read it in large chunks and spent less than a week on it. The main character has faith in the Watchmaker and expects his future to be what he has decided, as manager of an apple orchard, marrying to the lovely Lavinia and that will be that. A comfortable, unexciting life. Good, if a little boring. Owen Hardy is a dreamer, and his late mother left behind a lot of books that he treasures and loves reading.
When you turn seventeen you are an adult, and Owen is sixteen and ready to be an adult, he just wants to be a little mischievous first, a little turns into a lot and he finds himself traveling, meeting strangers, joining a circus (which incidentally seems to be a theme in the books I'm reading these days. If only real circuses were anything like those in books), seeing the world and finding himself in the midst of a game, a pawn of no importance or possibly all the importance in the world. As if these adventures weren't hard enough he is after all a teenage boy and what would a story like this be without a little romance? The loss of virginity and some heartbreak?
This is no way a brilliant book, but it is a nice one, and the world Owen Hardy inhabits is interesting, recognizable and foreign. Order and chaos in extremes and so forth. It is a play with ideas as well as a fantastical coming of age story.
I only wish there were more pirates.