The Reader (Non-Spoiler Review)!!!

The Reader by  Traci Chee


Published by   G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 13, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 444

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.


Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.

My Thoughts:

I actually really enjoyed the world building in this novel. I did at points drag but I think that is largely because of the massive world. I did really loved the various setting we were in and also how many POV we did have. Sometimes i got a tad confused on who was who but it was interesting read. I def grew invested to most of the main characters and overall was excited about the novel. I wish I felt a little bit more invested to the the characters but I am excited for book 2!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I did like the characters but it took me so long to warm up to them, That i struggled to connect to them! But towards the end i was engaged. I am excited for book 2.

Word Building: I thought the world building was one of the highlights of this novel. I really loved the wold and was super invested. It really enjoyed it and also how the book was structured was super unique!

Plot: The plot did drag at points and i sometimes got lost in the details but it did keep me engaged. I really am excited for book 2.

Later book lovers!!