A charming story in the classic mode told and read with the gentle irony that keeps it from being commonplace. Harriet is a perfect heroine in the long and honorable tradition of Sarah Carew. Like all of Ms Ibbotson's women she is triumphant because we must believe that kindness, humor and ability are rewarded by a just and well ordered universe. The best of rainy day books.
I would like to thank everyone who was disappointed that this was not really a zombie story. I was not going to buy it until I read the reviews. Your disappointment gave me the encouragement I needed to take a chance on it. It was a great listen. I love the author's October Daye stories and this was just as good. She is a hard hitting story teller, and the idealism is a nice change not usually found in a distopian worlds. I don't want to provide any spoilers, but I will say none of my predictions for the conclusion was correct.
As for the reader's slight lisp, it helped make the characters more real for me.
I look forward to the next book, though I know I will have to steel myself to listen to it because of the emotional intensity.
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