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Into the Wise Dark by Neesha Meminger REVIEW

Into The Wise Dark by Neesha Meminger

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Pammi has a Secret--she is an Able. At night, she travels through time to an ancient city called Zanum. She's been visiting Zanum since she was seven and she's kept it a secret from everyone--including her own mother. Especially her mother. Everything's been fine...until now.

On the night of an important Zanum ceremony, Pammi follows her gut instinct and defies an elder's orders, inadvertently leading evil directly to the door of the city she loves. Now the evil that plans to wipe out the city is coming after her. Can she save herself, and Zanum, before it's too late? Or will she seal the doom of all Ables and witness the annihilation of everyone she loves?

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The writing in this book reminded me a bit of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but if Laini Taylor uses bold and vivid colours, Neesha Meminger's tones are muted, pastel-like.

The ideas of the book were gorgeous - time travel to the mysterious ancient civilisation of Zanum, talented individuals able to manipulate the Dark, an evil mastermind who's been catching Ables and harvesting their energy through the ages...

...but I could not for the life of me immerse myself into the plot completely. Pammi's inner voice is wry and clever, but it's detached enough that whatever happens to her you don't feel much. Does it make any sense?

She is a lovely Indian girl with a caring misguided mom. What she experienced in the past when her mom took her to the psychologist concerned for her mental health makes a great impact on her present when she starts working with the girls who suffer from similar "mental problems". The girls are an interesting bunch, but again their personalities are muted enough that you don't feel much for them. I would say that Pammi is at her strongest with her boyfriend in Zanum. There you feel some connection.

The writing is really simplistic, and there is a certain charm in it. Overall, I liked the book, but it did not take me by storm as they say. However, the plot is interesting and refreshing, so don't let my imressions turn you away from this novel.

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Интересная конечно концепция с путешествием в прошлое и манипулированием времени через Великую Тьму некоторыми людьми, и книга мне чем-то неуловимо напомнила Дочь Дыма и Костей Лэйни Тэйлор, однако если Лэйни использует яркую палитру красок, Ниша Мемингер рисует нежными пастельными тонами, поэтому особого впечатления её книга не производит.

И очень жаль! 

Занум - древняя и таинственная цивилизация прошлого, куда из года в год возвращается Памми, притягивает своей простотой и мистичностью. Памми в Зануме оживает и становится самой собой.
Однако, как в настоящем, где от её матери ей приходится постоянно скрывать свой талант иначе её опять начнут таскать по психотерапевтам, её жизнь так и пропитана ложью и притворством. Когда мама Памми организует для неё летнюю подработку в клинике для девушек с проблемами сродни проблемам Памми, та узнаёт правду о своём таланте.

Оказывается, Памми - одна из Способных, за которыми тысячелетиями охотится безумный негодяй, который питается энергией Способных и потихоньку стирает саму память о Зануме и о его правилах путешествия во времени. Безумец разрушит вселенную, если попытается пойти поперёк её законам и изменит то, что уже с ним произошло. Способные стараются его остановить.

В книге полно потенциально интересных персонажей, но сам слог почему-то воспринимается отстранённо, те самые персонажи отказываются оживать, и поэтому удовольствия, на которое я рассчитывала, мне получить от книги не удалось. Может, у вас выйдет лучше?



Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Bummer..immersion is the best and it's said when you can only skim along the surface. Thanks for a great, thoughtful review.

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