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4.0 out of 5 starsMind blowing
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2016
I love the story about Anna's adventures, however I wish to read more about her journey after she meets Esther.
1.0 out of 5 starsThis YA about climate change would have made a better read as an essay, without all the cardboard people getting in the way.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2015
Actual rating 1.5?
I’m sorry. I really, really am, but no. Just no.
When I was about fifteen, I took an after-school philosophy class, and Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder was our first text. It was heavy, slow, and full of info-dumping, but I loved it. At one point, after a fight with my mother, I went and lay in an empty lot and read that book for three hours and made little progress because the subjects covered required a lot thinking on the reader’s part. But I didn’t care. I loved it. And when I heard about The World According to Anna, I was unbelievably excited.
It’s a book about global warming and the damage people have done, and are still doing to this planet. Great!
It’s aimed at young adults, so it will be accessible to the people coming up in the world, who will be the next ones in charge. Great!
It’s full of cardboard characters and has no character or plot development. Gr- wait, what?
That’s right. This wonderful idea of a book accessible for teens, about topics so very important to focus on now, was lost among the s***ty story. SUCH an awful, awful story.
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I've enjoyed all of his other books tremendously, so I was quite disappointed by this one. To be fair, it's no doubt aimed at much younger readers, i.e. teenagers, who would probably appreciate it, but it's not on a par with Sofie's World.
5.0 out of 5 starscute story in the typical Jostein Gaarder style
Reviewed in Germany on May 25, 2018
My absolute favourite author!! I loved every single book written by him and this is not an exemption! It's written in the typical style, where one story is within another one. It's an easy read with a great take-home message.
Somehow The World According to Anna is simultaneously intriguing, confronting, enchanting, ominous, informative and mystical. A great short read, but not a 'light' read. A powerful environmental message sent to us from another time.