“Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game…”
Wow. This book. Centred around two sisters who just want to escape the harsh realty of their lives and enter a world of magic, this story takes one sister, Scarlett, on a journey to find her sister, Tella, on the crazy game world of Caraval. Using clues she must find, the game take Scarlett through a devious plot where she can’t quite figure out who is real. Wonderfully thought out and beautifully written, Garber take the reader on this game too and has twists and turns that make everything more intriguing.
I thought this book was very well written and the plot was very well thought out. It had a unique twist on a normal carnival where the audience can become a part of the show. This book blew me away with all of the twists and turns, definitely not a predictable novel.
So.. If you have read this novel, I hope you are with me in how incredibly devastated I was at the end. The novel was great throughout, with drawing me in and creating the game around Scarlett, and ultimately me. However… The horrible mess that was the ending knocked it down a few pegs for me. Now, I think this was the whole point of the novel, and the ending wasn’t poorly written or anything but I felt like it ended too abruptly for the giant WHACK that I received with the endings truths. Scarlett spends the entire thing going through horrifying experiences, seeing people dismembered, her love dying in front of her eyes, and her sister bleeding out and broken before her…. This girl has just gone through HELL! and then … whoops SURPRISE! No one is dead and it was all just a fun prank, lol. NO! NO!
This ending was surprising and twisting, which made it entertaining, but ultimately made me want to curl up and cry. Scarlett is going to have some serious PTSD and trust issues after this and everything ends in a party. I just found the ending to be very unrealistic and maddening for me, though that may have been the point.
This rant being said, I REALLY did enjoy the novel immensely! It was well written and fun to read. I felt like I was a part of Caraval, which was enchanting and confusing. It is a wonderfully written book and I encourage anyone to read it that might love carnivals or fairs. Its also a good book for those who may enjoy Sherlock Holmes and puzzle games, it really makes you think and screws with your mind. LOVED IT!