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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem

Medford lives on a neat, orderly island called—simply—Island.
     Islanders like names that say exactly what a thing (or a person) is or does. Medford Runyuin is different. A foundling, he has a meaningless name that is just one of many reminders that he’s an outsider. He also has a secret that could get him banished from Island forever.
     A strange creature is about to arrive on Island, and Medford’s secret will be out before he can blink twice.


I'm not quite sure what to say about this book.  I didn't feel connected to the characters in anyway.  The ideas felt jumbled and I didn't grasp the concept for writing the book.  I feel as though I may not have had my mind open enough to grasp what the author was trying to portray.  The idea of "Island" and the people it contains is ridiculous.  I know there are civilizations that are not up to speed in terms of technology and such, but this is just...wow.  This book also introduces the idea of "Goatmen"...what are they exactly?  You will have to read the book to find out more, but it wasn't that great in my opinion.  I finished this book due to a YA reading challenge.  I'm not sure I would have read it otherwise.  If you are interested in concepts that go beyond that of this world and into the imagination, then this book is for you.  If not, I would say don't bother.

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