Tuesday, March 17, 2015
#DWJMarch: Read-Along Discussion of The Islands of Chaldea
Welcome to the second read-along of the month, The Islands of Chaldea! I hope that a few of you got a chance to read it (Jenny?!). There were so many cool ideas in this book that, yes, it did make me sad yet again that this was the last DWJ book.
I was trying to think about DWJ heroines as I read about Aileen, wondering how she stacked up, who she was similar to and who she differed from. (Does that make sense? I've had a lot of cold medicine today.) I thought about Polly and Mig and Nan Pilgrim, girls who felt helpless at various times but all found their strength eventually. I also thought about Gwendolyn (and Mevenne in this book) and Laurel and the others who knew they had power and who abused it dreadfully.
I also pondered how Diana excelled at writing about differences between worlds and cultures. Whether in Deep Secret or any of the parallel worlds of the Chrestomanci stories or the different islands in this book, she really makes the reader feel as if they are traveling along with the characters. Subtle differences can be much more revealing than huge ones, right?
I also think I noticed this time through where the author changed and I know which things DWJ would never have written into the ending but I also decided that I don't ultimately care. This is a lovely story no matter what.
What was your experience with this book? What did you think about? What did you love? Was there anything you didn't love? Let's chat in the comments and be sure and leave links if you wrote your own post about this book!
Lauren and I had a great discussion on Twitter last week about Aunt Maria. If you want to talk about Chaldea this Saturday, join me around 2pm Pacific/5pm Eastern/9pm GMT and use the hashtag #dwjmarch. Hopefully I'll be less sick and more coherent then!
A bit sadly,
Amy's Chaldea post