The Reader by Traci Chee

“Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.”

One of the most interesting stories I have ever read!!!
A very unique world and storyline that I would like to rate 4.5 stars!!!

The protagonist is Sefia and she lives her life on the run after her father is viciously murdered, she dwells in the forest with her only remaining relative, Nin – the only one she can now trust. They survive in the wilderness together until one fateful day, Aunt Nin is kidnapped and Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no lead as to who’s taken her Aunt or why accept for only clue – a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father – something she comes to realize… is a book!! In a world where reading is unheard of, Sefia has to take it upon herself to learn about this strange rectangular object and to decipher the symbols (words) inside it, in order to unravel the secret behind this strange object that appears to be the focus of everyone’s hunt, the reason Aunt Nin was taken and potentially the reason why her father was murdered… NOTHING is what it seems…

I thoroughly enjoyed this whole new world and I absolutely loved how this book was put together – it was a story within a story within a story, the publication is amazing. I found it unique to have a world where people are illiterate yet one had the talent to teach herself how to read and that was the key to solving the mystery. Sefia’s mission to save her Aunt kept me on the edge of my seat and I just kept turning the pages to know what happens next and to understand how and why this book was the key.. Such intricate world building of a unique place and the formation of the most unlikely alliances between interesting characters, this is one magical read and you will yearn for the sequel as I do right now!!!
-Annie

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