Top positive review
Wild and wondrous, terrifying and true, just like the best fairy-tales
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2019
This book is wild and wondrous, it is terrifying and true, and it is its very own magic.
This is a book for kids. It's also a book for adults, whether you remember, forgot, or never knew what it's like to be a child in danger. It's also very much a book that captures the reality of how kids, siblings especially maybe, can take care of, and feel a deep responsibility for, each other and for their family in a way that can be hard to understand for outsiders and adults.
That sense of kids trying to hold the world together, of fixing the cracks in their reality through sheer force of will and imagination. that sense of "if I say it is so, then it will be"... is captured so well. As I found this morning, it's very hard to put this book down.
"There's no happily ever after....and there are monsters, and that's not fair. But once upon a time, there were two sisters who rescued each other."
"And we kept on doing that, until we didn't need to anymore...."