DISCORDS APPLE is an epic endeavor that successfully covers a wide range of story topics, from dystopian politics to Greek mythology to fairy tales.
If theres one thing Carrie Vaughn knows how to do, its world-building. All of her worlds in all of her books are effortlessly written; their peculiarities and differences from our world unfold through easy dialogue and descriptions. Evies world is part dystopian (countries at war, daily bombings, police checkpoints on the interstate freeways), part fantasy (fictional characters showing up as real people). If you can handle multiple storylines and cross-genre settings, then youll get a kick out of DISCORDS APPLE.
The characters in DISCORDS APPLE feel more like stock characters than uniquely appealing people, but it didnt bother me nearly as much as it might other readers. Evie is a little on the bland, damsel-in-distress side; Alexs backstory is fascinating to read about, but his contemporary existence alongside Evie is a little TOO enigmatic to garner much sympathy. Nevertheless, I devoured this book because the story was just so original and epic. Can YOU imagine your pre-apocalyptic world on the brink of a magical disaster? Its ambitious, I know, but Carrie Vaughn does it well.
The ending was satisfying for me in its bizarreness, but it may frustrate others. If you choose to read DISCORDS APPLE, be prepared to suspend your notions of how fantasy and dystopian literature work. This book will impress fans of Carrie Vaughns other works, for sure, but if youre just starting out with her writing I might recommend starting elsewhere, as DISCORDS APPLE does require commitment and leniency in order to fully appreciate it.
This book took its idea straight from TV's "The Librarian" movies and show. Still, it was mildly interesting. There was too much jumping back-and-forth between present-day action, Sinon's story, and previous "keepers". Hearing about the previous keepers in reverse chronological order was interesting, but Sinon's story could have been summarized in a prologue. There was also no background about the world the book was set in. I gathered that there was some type of martial law thing going on - gas rationing, car searches, etc., but it would have been helpful to have some explanation why. At least the book wasn't a thinly disguised romance novel. I read a summary of the next book in the series, and the setting looks to be even more confusing. I don't think I'll continue with it.
Fantasy novel by Carrie Vaughn. Eve Walker goes home to visit her dying father. She discovers that her father, is the gaurdian of magical items, a job that has been handed down within the family, for generations. Evie isn't pleased to learn that she's next in line. All sorts of people come to the house, sometimes for things that are rightfully thiers, and sometimes for things that are not.
This is a very original and creative book. It blends current day and mythology in a fun and clever way. Worth a credit, and the time it takes to read.