Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Broken - Elizabeth Pulford & Angus Gomes

Elizabeth Pulford, Illustrated by Angus Gomes
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: -2 out of 5 stars
Word Rating: ?????????? SO CONFUSING ???????
On Goodreads

WHAT EVEN HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK??? I literally gave it a negative 2 for a rating. It was that bad. Do not, by any means, even if it is by accident, come within a ten foot proximity of this book. It'll drive you nuts.

The idea is rather unoriginal: Zara (our protagonist) gets into a motorcycle accident and is in a coma. The whole book is about how she travels across various planes and dimensions in order to find her brother Jem and find out stuff about herself and basically the book is about a girl dreaming when she's in a coma. Doesn't seem too bad right? Wrong.

These two authors try to make the book interesting by switching tenses every which way and point of views (Is she flashbacking? Is she in a comic book? Is she in a coma? Is she at her own vigil? Why is the font in italics at random places? THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW). This annoying, frantic switching of tenses and POVs makes the book extraordinarily difficult to follow. I almost gave up on reading this novel, and I hate giving up on a book, so that should speak volumes. I had to force myself to finish it, even though I'm not 100% sure what even went on throughout the book.

The book was so confusing already, but then Puford and Gomes chose to add in random comic book pictures - the concept seemed cool, but it really only added to the disjointed nature of the story. The changing of tenses and idea of the comic book adventures seems interesting, but it fell so short that I could not be impressed. These authors try to bring up complex ideas about death and identity to the reader through this uh unique telling of the story, but they only really manage to confuse the eff out of you.

0/10 would not recommend ever. Sorry not sorry :/

- Amrutha

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