My rating: ★☆☆☆☆
I really think this book suffered for its audience. For a middle-grade fantasy featuring an all-(nonhuman)-animal cast, this had an astounding amount of elements I didn’t expect: kidnap, murder, (rather clumsy) Stockholm Syndrome, physical and psychological torture of children, and cannibalism, to name a few. Now, I’m not trying to say these don’t belong in a children’s novel; that’s entirely subjective. What isn’t subjective is that the genre does not allow the author to explore the horror of these elements the way the author should. And so this definitely would have benefitted from a demographic shift. I certainly would have enjoyed it a lot more had Lasky been able to properly explore the inevitable psychological trauma of her characters.
Read for Read by Theme‘s June 2012 theme, Bird Covers.