Over at Booknest I posted a review of ‘Walk on Earth a Stranger’ by Rae Carson, a book I loved. Young Adult fantasy done absolutely right.
My expectations are NOT too high. I didn’t think so, but occasionally reading Young Adult fantasy books I find myself wondering if I expect too much. After all the books are not being written for me (though I am sure no author would be upset to find their book as the next ‘all ages’ phenomenon). So if I read the latest YA craze and just don’t get it, or complain about weak world building, or even just don’t like it then I often think to myself ‘maybe my expectations are just too high.’
Nope. Walk on Earth a Stranger is exactly what I needed to confirm this is not the case. Like Terry Pratchett and Catherynne Valente’s great series’ Walk on Earth a Stranger proves that good young adult fantasy doesn’t have to be watered down and simplified. It especially doesn’t have to be patronizing. It just has to change the point a view a bit to the younger side and then tell the story it needs to tell.