Book Review: The World Before Us

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I recently finished Aislinn Hunter’s The World Before Us. Just look at this gorgeous cover:

The World Before Us

The World Before Us is generally told from the viewpoint of a multitude of people who, at first, are not sure who they are. All they are sure of is that they are dead.

Ooooooh. #spookysounds
Ooooooh. #spookysounds

This ghostly posse are tethered somehow to a woman named Jane (she’s alive). Jane seems unaware of her personalized ghostly processional, yet with her love of old mysteries, including the tragic disappearance of a girl she was babysitting at 15, it makes sense that she would be haunted.

Jane = archivist = sleuth
Jane = archivist = sleuth

This novel was interesting. While it initially seems slated to be a mystery, and does, in fact, discover many facts, overall, this book delves into the subject matter of what it is to live, to be alive, as well as points out the dangers of becoming too enmeshed into the past. Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. Yet I would not recommend it to everyone, because there are many readers who would feel frustrated, particularly with the manner in which the book is ends. This book, while well written, while interestingly characterized, is not meant to have all loose ends tied up. This book deals with life too realistically for that, and as anyone who is currently living (hopefully you are one of them) knows, life has a lot of loose ends.

C'est la vie #shrug
C’est la vie #shrug

On the universally agreed-upon 5-star scale, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The writing is generally good, yet not always as lyrical as it could be. The ending will frustrate some, though I liked it. This book makes the reader think, which is generally a good thing, yet not always desired.

This book makes you think.
This book makes you think.

What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations?


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The World Before Us

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books said:
    June 19, 2015 at 5:07 am

    You don’t like books that make you think that much? 🙂 I love them. Although it is true that sometimes I just want to read something that will entertain me and not be overly psychological. Cool review, by the way!


      bambiquim responded:
      June 19, 2015 at 7:04 am

      I like books that make me think, but for those who want the resolution of a book spelled out or who get frustrated with a meandering style that has a lot of mystery though the book’s not really a mystery book.

      This book will entertain; I think you might like it. If you read it, please let me know what you think!

      And thank you, both for the compliment, and for reading & commenting. 🙂


        bambiquim responded:
        June 19, 2015 at 7:08 am

        Okay, wow. Just realized my first sentence makes no sense – let me finish it – for those who want the resolution of a book spelled out or who get frustrated with a meandering style, this book will not prove satisfactory.


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