Review: ‘Among Others’ by Jo Walton

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Among Others’ by Jo WaltonAmong Others by Jo Walton
Published by Tor Books on January 3rd, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: publisher unsolicited
Startling, unusual, and irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

As a child growing up in Wales, Morwenna played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. When her half-mad mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to a father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England--a place all but devoid of true magic. There, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off...

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination, this is a stunning new novel by an author whose genius has already been hailed by dozens of her peers.

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Judging from the description of this book, I thought this entire book was about Morwenna being chased around by her evil mother. Instead it followed the life of Morwenna at boarding school. Much to my dismay, and I’d rather just tell point it out. The book is so boring! I couldn’t help but wonder if this book was just a book to promote other books. Yes, I’m a fan of Lord of the Rings, and I enjoyed all the wonderful quotes and references from that trilogy, but where is the plot? Where is the development? Is it seriously about Morwenna and her mother? No, it’s truly not. It felt that Morwenna was struggling with the death of her twin sister, but where was that mentioned in the synopsis? Nowhere. There are beautiful fantasy related elements, the fairies, the magic that is apparent in her family, the book club meetings, even the diary style was great! I thought there would be more. More than just science fiction titles, what she did at school, who was mean to her, etc. etc. Maybe I’m judgmental, this entire book is the day to day life of a Welsh teenager living in England. On weekends, and holidays, she visits a father she barely knows, and apparently she believes her aunts are witches who want to kill her too. Why did her mother attempt to murder her and her sister? What happened that made her run away? Why does she have a bad leg? Was any of that answered? Nope it wasn’t.

JNot a fan, and if the writing wasn’t so beautifully done, I would have given this book a one star. Do me a favour and please just borrow this one from the library. Read it if you like, but as far as I’m concerned, I’d read it for all the wonderful titles that Morwenna jots down.

I love books, I just didn’t love this one.


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  1. Diana Grace

    January 20, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    I actually like the sound of the book. Although I’m not sure if I’d read it. Helpful review! 🙂

  2. Jaime Lester

    December 30, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    I won a copy of this book from the wonderful Evie at Evie’s Bookish,, and I was immediately struck by the absolutely gorgeous cover. And then the premise intrigued me. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet and now I am in a little less of a hurry. Makes me sad that a cover that beautiful doesn’t have a story to match. Siggghh…

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