Revolution

Revolution - Jennifer Donnelly I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit leery at first because I tend to avoid YA - I just can't deal with all the misplaced and overblown angst - but I'm really glad I stuck with this one. It's definitely super angsty, and sometimes you just wanted to grab Andi and shake her - not to mention her friends - but it also brought back my own teen years and I remember how everything was absolute and anything could bring on end-of-the-world freak outs... good times



Jennifer Donnelly is an absolutely amazing writer and I adore her prose. She has a gift of drawing you in and then grabbing you and carrying you along more effortlessly than Gaston picked up those French chicks...



The history was fascinating, especially because I dropped the subject in high school and never knew anything about the French revolution except from what I gleaned from the movies Marie Antoinette and Les Mis (no, I didn't read the book)... Also, there was that one Doctor Who episode, but I believe that was before the revolution so doesn't in fact count... Anyway, back to the point. I came away from this book with more knowledge and understanding than when I started, and if a book can do that for you, teach you something genuine and interesting and real, that deserves 5 stars in my opinion.



I can't even imagine those times though, when terror and starvation ruled the day and gave birth to cruelty and oppression and madness. I try and really put myself in the revolutionaries' shoes and still I can't understand what would drive a person to waltz around with a severed head on a pole and crow in laughter. What would make them lock up and starve and torture an innocent child just for what he represented? And it also makes me wonder what I would have done, on whose side I would have been on, if I had lived in those times... because at the end of the day, if you have to, you can convince yourself that evil is necessary...

There was a lot going on in this story, and some of it was unnecessary and maybe a bit over the top, but the characters were well rounded and became real in my head, enough so that I could imagine them and feel for them and with them, which is always a good thing. The story was flawless and flowed easy, and by the last page I felt like the story had served it's purpose and served it well.