Tess of the Road
November 30, 2018 3:29 PM - by Rachel Hartman - Subscribe

Award-winning Rachel Hartman's newest YA is a tour de force and an exquisite fantasy for the #metoo movement. "Tess of the Road is astonishing and perfect. It's the most compassionate book I've read since George Eliot's Middlemarch." --NPR In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things.
posted by snerson (1 comment total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I felt like this book was a very interesting experiment, but it was one that didn't quite work for me. Both the episodic nature of the story and the often difficult-to-like nature of the protagonist were clearly intentional. But the two in combination made it difficult for me to connect to the book, especially the former, as supporting characters wove into and out of the narrative in a way that felt a bit disjointed.

I will stress once again that this was very much intentional on the author's part, and even in some ways was the point of the book, which in part because of its structure had a lot to say about the ways we are warped by our upbringing and how it might be possible to slowly overcome that. But I nonetheless felt distanced from the story by it.
posted by kyrademon at 6:41 AM on December 4


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