I’d read a short synopsis for ‘Caraval’ by Stephanie Garber weeks before I started reading it. So when the time came to read the first page, I’d forgotten what it was about. But I trusted my judgement and didn’t think to read the blurb. And I’m glad I didn’t refresh my memory.
I found out it’s about a girl playing the biggest game of life and the goal is to find her sister. If she doesn’t find her and win the Caraval, it would cost her in real life too. But the game isn’t a straightforward one. There are many liars and she’s not the only one playing.
Scarlett was a very believable character. I’m glad she made a few mistakes along the way because no one is perfect. I can see how Caraval could portray that the game is beautiful and dreamlike but I love that Scarlett looked beyond this and constantly saw it for what its worth. There were so many twists, and the turns were as endless as the carousel of roses. I went along with every possibility just as Scarlett did.
I don’t normally enjoy stories that have an element of paranoia to them as sometimes they can get dull and the inner monolog of the protagonist can get a bit same-y. They can repeat themselves often, constantly second guessing a situation but I’m pleased to say this was not one of those books. Sure, there is a lot of overthinking but I think the game itself helps to counteract this feature.
Basically, what I’m trying to say, is that it was brilliant. Perhaps not the most original idea (I’m thinking it was Labyrinth like) but it was really well thought out and executed to such a high level, you just want to keep reading.
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