I recently finished Aislinn Hunter’s The World Before Us. Just look at this gorgeous cover:
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.
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.
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.
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.
What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations?