Book review: Wonders of the Invisible World, by Christopher Barzak

Barzak, Christopher. Wonders of the Invisible World. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.  $17.99. ISBN:9780385392792.  338p. Gr. 9-12. P7 Q8

Barzak Wonders of the Invisible WorldExquisitely told through 17-yr-old Aidan’s narration, Wonders weaves a rich tapestry of psychic power, gay love, tragedy, and magic. When childhood friend Jarrod moves back to Aiden’s small farm community, Aiden is forced to reconcile his loss of memory and family connection. Aiden learns that his mother is a seer and gradually comes to grips with his own psychic abilities. Aiden and Jarrod make a pilgrimage to Lily Dale, NY, a famous psychic mecca, in order to understand what curse had befallen Aiden’s family. In the end, Aiden comes to grips with his psychic ability, sexual orientation and his past. Barzak does a great job of building suspense, but at times the story is too plodding and repetitious.

November 2015 review by L.F., NHS Staff.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s