Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
I usually write a blurby bit, but am not here.
I gotta make three points.
1. This is, from what I can gather, a follow on book to Passing On Faith, published a year ago, today. I have not read that book. I spent much of reading this book thinking that I didn't need to have read Passing On Faith, thinking I wasn't missing anything. But then, as the book caught up to the here and now, I changed my mind. I feel I SHOULD have read that book first. If only to get a better feel of what Cat and Micah have been through to get to the point where this book picks up.
2. Single person point of view. Lord knows I say it often enough, that I MUCH prefer books written from more than one person's point of view, the more the merrier, to be honest. But I'm finding, as I give books a longer chance to grow on me, to let me fall into them, that I'm also saying, I don't care. Yes of course I wanted to here from David and Micah, I always want more, I'm just greedy like that but Cat has so much to say, even when he isn't speaking, that it didn't matter here.
3. Colouring outside the lines. I love, love, love characters who are different, think differently, do differently. LOVE them. And Cat is quite possibly the most unique male lead I've come across. He is, in his own words, queer. His personality is, in the beginning, well established for such a young man. As the book progresses, we lose some of that, after the attack. But slowly, the old Cat re-emerges.
And it's so beautifully written! It really is awesome how Leibowitz deals with Cat's health issues. It comes across in such a way that I didn't feel I was being taught about all his ailments, like someone was just chatting about them.
Same thing applies to Cat's faith. Yes, Cat prays and his faith is a huge part of who he is, but there is no preaching. It's all very subtle and very well executed and delivered.
I took 1/2 a star off for two reasons.
One was the not having read Passing On Faith. The other was what happened to David. I needed more about what happened to him, and how Cat dealt with that. I felt it was just thrown in, that paragraph or two, telling of what happened to him. I really did need more about it.
I'll go back and read Passing On Faith at some point and I'd certainly jump at the chance to read other work by Leibowitz.
**same worded review will appear on: Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and BookLikes**