Friday, December 27, 2013

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton Review

"I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her."

Whoa! I did not see this conclusion! (Short review coming up. Sorry, guys. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year [I wrote this review on Christmas Eve]). 

Some Quiet Place is a book without emotion. *Thinks for a few seconds* On second thought, the book is mostly without emotion. It's like a book narrated by a robot which sudden got a new emotional brain/heart in the middle of the book.  Some Quiet Place is a superb book. It's unique; I believe it is also original. I mean, seriously? Who ever thought of emotions having a face? Or a body? Or a unique personality?

The plot of Some Quiet Place is not very quiet, nor stars a quiet place. It goes up and down, right and left, especially with a new enemy hanging around. Or a very old enemy. 

Even though there's little emotions hanging around the mind of Elizabeth Caldwell, the book is good because of Kelsey Sutton's irresistible writing. I love how the writing describes Elizabeth as this cold block of ice. I love how she made Fear complicated and Courage, Fear's brother, in a similar pattern. Most of the emotions are complicated, mixed with hidden feelings and motivations. 

The ending/conclusion is really surprising. The truth about Elizabeth's ability to not feel anything will be revealed. (I guess mostly right. I was wrong about who Elizabeth really was, right about the heritage of her father). 

Elizabeth Caldwell may be a stone talking about her life, but she's not a stone. She's a human being who can't express herself through expressions. Through her voice and POV, there's small emotions expressing themselves. And I like how the author uses them to reveal a darker and more mysterious side of Elizabeth.

Rating: Four out of Five

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