Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Ocean by Cecilia Araneda

A special thank you to Goodreads Firs Reads for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

This book had so much potential but it was never realized. The characters and stories could have been much more developed and could have been so much richer. 

The writing was not strong - there were many run on sentences and a tendency to overuse the comma. Time was also a problem; Maria Soledad was 13 and then a chapter or two later was 25. The other main characters also rapidly aged thus none of their stories were developed, nor were the main themes of the book (gender inequality, political turmoil, disability). Also, I think the narrative would have worked better in first person not third person. 

Overall the book was just okay. As I mentioned earlier, there really was a good story but it just wasn't fleshed out.

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