The books would be worth it even if the characters were white, but one of my biggest challenges at the bookstore was recommending YA fantasy that had characters of color. I had parents ask all the time if their Harry Potter-obsessed kid could read a book where they'd see a reflection of themselves, and there wasn't much I could tell them other than to find a used copy of Justice and Her Brothers.
At the time, there was Un Lun Dun, there was 47, and Now, this is back. I had this series checked out as a trilogy on my tablet -- I'm not sure that I would have read all three had I been reading on paper. I did not care for the overuse of "," throughout the three books - especially during dialogue sequences, however, this may have been intentional as part of the character building by the author. Book three started off very sketchy for me -- I got the distinct feeling that the author was just "making stuff up" in an attempt to get the story back on track.
The final s I had this series checked out as a trilogy on my tablet -- I'm not sure that I would have read all three had I been reading on paper. The final several chapters seemed like they were written by a different person, but I think the author just wrote them early in the writing process. Early in book three she had to figure out how to "get there.
She left three openings, at the end of book 3, for sequels. Jul 23, Gloria Mccracken rated it it was ok. I read this trilogy long ago. I remember being a bit mystified by it then.go
Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton
When it came up as a "deal" on for my Kindle, I thought I'd give it another shot. Of course it does not help that this Kindle version reversed the order of the first two books "Dustland" first, then "Justice and her Brothers". I remembered enough of the plot that I wasn't overly confused by this, but someone coming to it for the first time might find this even more puzzling than I did reading them I read this trilogy long ago. I remembered enough of the plot that I wasn't overly confused by this, but someone coming to it for the first time might find this even more puzzling than I did reading them in the right order.
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If anyone has read the others, does it get better? Sep 04, Mathew Walls rated it it was ok Shelves: I almost stopped reading after the first two chapters, but kept going because it was pretty short. Can't say it really paid off though. At first it seems like it's just going to be a fairly unremarkable story about childhood or something, but then it gradually starts to seem like something very unpleasant is about to happen. I felt like Thomas was going to turn out to be a budding serial killer or something.
But then it takes another turn with the introduction of the psychic neighbour Weird book. But then it takes another turn with the introduction of the psychic neighbour and Justice's own psychic powers, and then the revelation that Thomas and maybe Levi? But then before anything can really happen it's suddenly over without any apparent resolution. I don't know what I was supposed to have got from this, and I don't understand what actually happened in the end.
Justice herself was also weird, in that she was apparently supposed to be 11, but was written in a way that made me think she was half that age. And that only after the first chapter, where I initially thought she was an adult. She was written very oddly. I didn't exactly dislike this book, but I didn't enjoy it or get any real value from it either. It was easy to read, and it's short, but I don't know what the point of it is.
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Aug 13, Dorian D-W rated it it was ok. It started off as a cute tale about a girl trying to keep up with her older brother as they plan out the Great Snake Race. Hamilton gives a lovely picture of family life in a small lazy town. The interaction of the 'cream and pickle' gang is great too. And one of the boys is called Dorian. It's always a bit weird seeing my name in print. But the book got very weird. Justice and her brothers begin to learn about their psychic powers.
The book is annoyingly vague and undescriptive about what they a It started off as a cute tale about a girl trying to keep up with her older brother as they plan out the Great Snake Race. The book is annoyingly vague and undescriptive about what they are and who is involved. Perhaps it's trying to keep the mystery. The end was just bizzare. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the trilogy. Apr 09, galicae rated it it was ok.
On the other hand I found the atmosphere and the setting amazingly well written.
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There is a slightly oppressive, claustrophobic feeling seeping through the pages. Reading this book made me feel somehow constricted, and I appreciate the way this was done. Mar 09, elizabeth tobey rated it liked it. I got this book as part of a Humble Bundle.
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Realizing it was a young adult book helped me a lot because I was super weirded out the first couple pages. Knowing it was written decades ago helped even more. It's definitely a more heady read than young adults books of modern times but it didn't close the loop as a book should: May 23, Kj Baker rated it liked it Shelves: I am not sure of it would appeal to he younger audience it was written for. The story takes a while to get moving and somebody the material is a bit mature. Interesting take on extra- sensory abilities in kids.
Sep 16, Deathburst rated it liked it. Not very convinced, probably won't read the rest of the trilogy. Sep 21, Rebekka rated it really liked it. I dont see how this is for teens because I found it hard to understand what was going on some of the time, but it was a good book and very interesting. Feb 24, Lt Broccoli rated it really liked it. I rated it a 4 because this trilogy along with Sylvia Engdahl's books blew my mind as a child and I read everything by this author that I could get my hands on as a kid.
On a reread as an adult it's more of a 2. It moves too slow and the reviewer who mentioned a feeling of claustrophobia is spot-on, though presumably it's intentional. Thomas one of the main character's brothers also comes across as legitimately scary in a way I would not have expected for a kid's book. I think I probably w I rated it a 4 because this trilogy along with Sylvia Engdahl's books blew my mind as a child and I read everything by this author that I could get my hands on as a kid.
I think I probably would recommend for a kid, but not for an adult looking to reread for nostalgia's sake. Mely rated it liked it Jan 26,