Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Mikaela Everett
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
There are two Earths, parallel worlds, and one of them is slowly collapsing and its people vanishing. The people of Lirael Harrison’s world, the unstable Earth, decide to take matters into their own hands. They plan to infiltrate the other planet with sleeper assassins, children who have been taken at a young age and trained to kill and live in secret as duplicates until the war begins. Lirael is the perfect soldier in the beginning, but the wait is long for the final order to rise up and take over the planet, and she never counted on friendship or love. She begins to question what is right and what is wrong, if she is a good or bad person, and if her actions are justifiable. A slow-moving but captivating story, The Unquiet delves into the psyche of those who are just trying to survive and their search for redemption.
The Unquiet is unlike any dystopian novel of its time. The story focuses on the characters and what humanizes them, rather than the action. Readers who are expecting action will be disappointed, but those who love a wrestle for identity will be enthralled. The rawness and complexity of emotion encapsulated in this book is mesmerizing, fulfilling everything that books like The Hunger Games or The Host left wanting. The author does an amazing job exploring what it means to love and be loved, and whether human beings are inherently good or bad. An unsettling, lyrical read, The Unquiet is sure to be a divisive book that some readers may not like, but its biting indictment of humanity lends dystopia a power it has rarely held before.
*Contains moderate violence and language.