The main character of this book, Truly, never seems convincingly real. She tries to appear thoughtful by constantly speaking in similes, but she doesn't consider the consequences of her actions or the choices that are available to her. She's frustratingly unable to see things from other people's perspectives, and hides herself from others to a ridiculous degree. Truly, who faces many challenges from early in her life, should be a sympathetic character, but instead I was constantly frustrated by her.
Truly narrates the book herself, but reveals plot points to the reader early in the story that the character doesn't become aware of until much later. Knowing the answers to many of the mysteries being mulled by Truly makes what could have been exciting twists dull instead.
Although the book deals with a variety of interesting topics, the discussions were generally unsatisfying.
I only made it about half way through Outlander. I couldn't get past the author's acceptance of violence against woman. When Jamie, the main male "hero" decides to teach his wife a lesson through a beating, both he and she agree that it was the right thing to do and she was better off for it. If the beating had been treated as the sad, sickening, wrong thing that it actually was it may have been different, but presenting wife-beating as a moral virtue is repugnant.
People who respect woman will not enjoy this book.
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