Sunday, October 10, 2010

Book Review - Madapple

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

"Transparent clouds thread the sky, gray and cream, they stretch and cross. But beyond them, there are only more clouds, mountains of fleshy, cotton-filler white that seem to weigh against their gauzy cousins, and mock them."

Aslaug Hellig exists in a world she doesn't understand. She tries to make sense of this world, using what her mother taught her and forbidden bits of information that drift in from outside her limited experience. Strange and troubling things happen to Aslaug. Will she be able to find herself beyond her mother's definition, her family's definition of what she is, what she should be?

Meldrum says, "I wanted to write about subject matter I love and believe is important, specifically, the correlation between nature, science, religion, and mythology."

Madapple is intense, complex and intelligent. Beautifully written. I don't know that it would be appropriate for all young adults, as it is complicated and dense at times, and deals with darker subject matters. A fascinating read.

Warnings on: sexual situations.

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