Title: In the Land of the Living
Author: Austin Ratner
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review: Sometimes you read a book and it’s not particularly great, but it’s not terrible, and you reach the end going ‘What was the point, exactly?’ And In the Land of the Living is definitely one such book. A story covering the life of Isidore Auberon and his two sons (though one far more directly than the other), this was one that was difficult to connect to or relate with on any level for me – not because the characters didn’t go through things that I can personally identify with, but because there just wasn’t a depth to them that really allowed the reader to get beyond the surface.
The narrative has some interesting moments, but has just as many that weren’t all that engaging. And the characters themselves were posited in such a way that they seemed like they were meant to be larger-than-life, but their actions weren’t congruent or consistent with that and it made the whole story seem even more distant.
That said, I didn’t really dislike the book, which is why I’ve given it 3 stars. It’s possible someone else might read it and find it easier to relate to, but otherwise it’s just a quick, somewhat mindless read, to me…
(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)