While living on the run in a world where books and reading are unfamiliar, Sefia protects the unusual item that once belonged to her father: a peculiar, rectangular object that contains power – power to unlock secrets, to find what is lost, and to put Sefia on her intended path of becoming The Reader. Through intersecting storylines, diverse and splendid characters fill the pages as Sefia and a new companion embark on a quest they couldn’t have dreamed possible. And did I mention the PIRATES? Swashbuckling, savvy, pistol-wielding PIRATES!
The book even advises us readers to look closer… and when I began to see why, I grabbed a notepad and pen – what I had at the end brought tears to my eyes. It makes this book even more magical and an absolute adventure for not just the characters but the reader as well. While we’re left knowing there is more story to come, The Reader does not end abruptly nor with any cliffhangers. It simply concluded in a way that left me anticipating more. Imaginative, dazzling, and entirely enchanting, The Reader by Traci Chee is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. I can hardly wait for the next installment! “This is a book” – and it must be read!
A huge thank-you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.