Welcome to Wormwood: a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left.
one girl, Vega Jane, discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world
beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her
imagining. But she will be forced to fight for her freedom.
And unravelling the truth may cost Vega her life.
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don't usually pick up books baring the name David Baldacci, as I'm a
teen book fan and his books are catered towards the adult genre.
However, I spotted this lovely cover in the adult book section of my
local Asda and picked it up immediately. I was surprised to find it
was actually a teen read, just in the wrong section. The plot grabbed
me immediately and the over 50% off RRP was a nice incentive!
Finisher is a quick paced read, despite having 505 pages, the writing
is a little bigger than usual and the chapters very quick, so I
finished it quickly. The story is told entirely from Vega Jane's
point of view. She's feels and is treated like an outsider in the
small village of Wormwood and with her mother and father in a coma,
her only family is her little brother, John. She also has a friend,
Delph, who has a severe stutter. He was lovely and I liked him
immediately. She works in the Stacks as a Finisher, finishing pretty
things such as candle sticks and small ornaments. Within the first
chapter of the book we discover that Wormwood is hiding some pretty
dark secrets, and it's up to Vega Jane to discover them. The book has
a lot of twists and turns that I was never able to guess and I
enjoyed that it kept me on my toes. It's not often that I can't guess
a book's full plot by the end of the first chapter!
creatures in Wormwood are not like our own, and Vega describes them
all vividly – the garm, a giant dinosaur creature with four eyes
and a talent for spewing fire, jabbits, a snake like creature with
up to 500 heads and a vicious bite, an adar, an intelligent beast that
can both fly and talk and many more weird and wonderful things.
she (and us) had discovered the Big Secret within the first chapter,
I was expecting the book to go relatively slowly from there on out
and I did have trouble getting into it for the first 100 pages.
However, it kept a good pace and I never found myself bored by
anything and by the time I got half way through the book I almost
couldn't put it down, there was so much going on.
have a few irritations with this book. The chapters being named in
some sort of pseudo-Latin, so I was never completely sure of which
chapter I was on or how many chapters are in the book at all.
Speaking of language, there are a few words in Wormwood such as Wugs
(humans) and Morta (guns), that seemed strange. I never understood
why those few words were renamed but a chain or a cloak stayed the
same. And some of the words were so random that they seemed plucked
out of a hat, almost.
society that Vega Jane lives in is very sexist, with the women simply
addressed as 'Female' most of the time. I don't understand why, in a
fantasy novel, this needs to be a thing. It comes up a lot with no
explanation. However, instead of going with the meek and mild female
this type of society typically requires, Vega Jane can more than hold
her own and never backs down and won't take anyone's crap, so I
immediately loved her for that.
ending does end on a cliffhanger, which caused me to immediately
shake my book at my partner and demand a sequel RIGHT NOW! Sadly, I
don't know how long I will have to wait for the sequel, there's
nothing listed yet. I have high hopes for it, lots of things happened
with Jane's brother, John and I'm hoping in the sequel we might see
his point of view as well as Jane's.