For this Waiting on Wednesday this is a book that I haven’t heard much about and stumbled on completely by accident, The Reader. Apart from having a wonderful cover design I love the premise of this book, where a woman has all the tools that she needs to survives but finds something different in a book. I want to read it purely based on that small amount of information
Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.
Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.
I hope the main character will have a decent amount of depth instead of being the token strong female lead, something that seems to becoming a trope in YA at the moment. A female can’t just be strong without there being some element of tragedy within her storyline. So I’m hoping that she will be fierce of her own accord and not because she needs to be.
I can’t wait to see her become literate and discover what wonderful worlds books can hold. I find so much enjoyment every time I open a book and I can’t wait to watch someone else find the same joy.
Are you excited to read this book? Is it on your list of books to buy and enjoy? Let me know in the comments!