I’ve read this book in January and still hadn’t written a review, oops… So, here it is eventually! I’ve heard so many good things about this one before I started reading it, but I didn’t really know what it was about, except that it is comparable to The Book Thief, which I’ve also read.
This book pleasantly surprised me. It took a while for me to really get into it, but when I did, it was wonderful. The characters are so relateable: Doerr describes every thought and idea into detail, so you’re able to follow the lines of thinking. On the other hand there are not too much details. Marie-Laure and Werner are both just children when the story begins and they’re both genius, but I never felt like they were too mature for their age. The descriptions of their thoughts are realistic and their traits are just perfect.
What I loved about this book was the structure. Doerr jumps from present to past in a natural way. The story never becomes dull and the jumps in time are perfectly timed. Because of that the story unfolds slowly, but surely and I loved how everything was connected in the end. While Marie-Laure is on the ‘good’ and Werner on the ‘bad’ side during the second WorldWar, I appreciated the way Doerr shows everything is not black and white. These characters are not necessarily good or bad. And they are not necessarily happy or unhappy according to their situations. I think this is the way everyone should look at the world, but unfortunately not everyone does, which makes this book refreshing. What’s not to love?