Book Review: 'The Cliffhangers' by Naomi Jessica Rose


Five stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is such a well-crafted book. The story unfolds in fits and starts, sometimes doubling back on itself, the better to reflect the main character Pride’s confusion about who she is.

Pride is searching for her real parents. She happens upon a group of kids who live in a ramshackle place named the Cliffhangers. They use their magical abilities to find things. She teams up with them, hoping they can help her find her parents. She lends her own magical skill to theirs.

Through Pride’s eyes, the author masterfully builds a dystopian world ruled by an amorphous authoritarian government that imprisons its critics.

The book is well-written and edited. I love the writing, the characters, and the author’s whimsy. I found many of the sentences a sheer delight, such as, “Plenty of them are children, with their little teeth, and gaps between them.”

I’ll definitely read more from this author.

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