Friday, April 9, 2010

READING : The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb

Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth. 
The first to fall in love with a mortal girl.

But when he climbs backward out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm where the spirits begin a revolution of their own. 
A supernatural love story set in Imperial Russia.

Let me start by saying that The Fetch is not a supernatural love story.So the summary is quite misleading.It gets a bit romantic in the last 20 pages or so.So, if you're looking for a love story, you're not gonna get one.
Apart from that, not being a love story was not Fetch's only problem.I was so looking forward to read this book, especially after reading Whitcomb's first novel which I absolutely loved.Hate to say it, but I was disappointed by this one.Even though it starts out pretty strong, with intense images of Heaven,they way Fetches live and what happens to one's soul when she/he dies,all described beautifully by the author,after Calder(the lead)and the children left Russia, it all went downhill.All those pages filled with endless scenes on trains and boats,as their journey to find what it is they were looking for was way long, were unnecessary and meaningless.After a while, the lines between reality and dreams/hallucinations, were non-distinct. You couldn't tell where exactly the characters were in time and that was very confusing and tiring.Also, except for Calder, Alexis and Ana were not developed at all and were always described as shadowing Calder.
Fetch,to me,was a promising book with a very imaginative story, which lost its way very early and inevitably fell flat.


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