Now that's how you write a #bookreview
. Loving how this #reader
's worked through THE IGNORED
, telling it as she saw it...
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Eduardo Suastegui, author of the Our Cyber World Series, has explored new territory as a writer with ,The Ignored, the first book of his Voice[s] of the Mute Series. The three stories included in this slim volume, which all touch upon the themes of loss and grief, are sure to provoke thought as well as controversy.
"The Third Start-up" exquisitely details the nasty undercurrent of greed, political infighting, and religious posturing in a soon-to-be Los Angeles megachurch, the slow and almost inexorable loss of the protagonist's religious faith, and the slow-boiling-but-sure-to-happen romance involving the preacher's daughter.
The eponymous story "The Ignored" starts off slow but the wise-beyond-her-years voice of Hailey, the narrator, as well as some clever foreshadowing, delivered one hell of an emotional punch. And, considering the nature of Hailey's precarious existence, "The Ignored" is likely to set off more than a few contentious debates about the legal personhood of "unborn" children.
I have to say though that I didn't particularly like the last story in the volume, "Elie's Choice." Mr. Suastegui's writing behind it is solid as always--well-developed characters, well-constructed plot, believable dialogue. But, I have to say that, as a feminist, "Elie's Choice" left a bad taste in my mouth. I mean, is it really okay for a sixteen-year-old girl to cite biblical scripture to justify marrying a recent widower as old as her father? Aren't her parents doing her a disservice by even entertaining a discussion about that? As I said before, I didn't particularly care for this story; I would've rated this book as a five otherwise.
I also skimmed the two essays, "Creativity and Its Creator" and "Where Do Beliefs Come From?", included in the back of the book. While they raised interesting points, I don't feel that they belong in a book of short stories--another reason why this book isn't getting five stars.
All in all, Mr. Suastegui has, once again, produced a substantial work of contemporary literature. Not only do I look forward to volume II of the series, I plan to join his readers' club as soon as I finish posting this review.