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The Flight of Gemma Hardy was billed as a retelling of Jane Eyre by my GoodReads magazine (a magazine about books- what an amazing thing for a bibliovore!). I have always wanted to read Jane Eyre but was never able to get further in than a few pages. It just didn't grab me, but this version did. You're constantly left wondering how Gemma will handle each challenge life hands. The story locations move between Iceland, Scotland, and Scotland's northern Orkney Islands. For you toddler-adopters out there, it has a very realistic portrayal of a child's loss and two adult's attempts, one successful and one not, to comfort and bond.
I just finished reading this the second time for my book club. Because The Night Circus moves back and forth between characters and dates, it might be easiest to read this on paper so that you can easily flip back and forth between scenes. We all enjoyed the book and thought the twists were wonderful and surprising but wondered if maybe things wrapped up too neatly at the end?
I'm really looking forward to reading The Mirage. This one was also recommended by GoodReads and is an imagined reversal of the events of September 11th. It posits a different future where America is a Christian fundamental backwater and the Arab states are the top world powers. On November 9th, terrorists from America hijack four planes: two crash into the Tigris and Euphrates towers, one is crashed into the defense headquarters, and the last is brought down by the passengers in the Sinai. The Arab states invade America in retribution. All this is a mirror of what happened 13 years ago until the investigators encounter a man who insists that all of this is backwards and has a newspaper from September 12th (our September 12th, to prove it).