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Posted August 23, 2012
I liked Arson¿in the beginning. There were secrets about Arson a
I liked Arson…in the beginning. There were secrets about Arson and hisWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
family that kept me turning the pages. Plus I liked Emery. She was
fascinating. Nevertheless, as I got farther into the book I began to
become irritated. The story keeps hinting at Arson’s ability be we don’t
actually get to see anything of it until the last few chapters in the
book. Instead the book seems to focus on everything else that is going
on around Arson; his crappy job, his unstable grandmother, Emery’s
parents and their failing marriage. Some of it made sense. Arson’s life
IS one of misery and misunderstanding, so I see the author is showing us
how miserable and isolated Arson truly is. But I didn’t see why it had
to focus so much on Emery’s parents. I thought the book was about Arson,
not about a failing marriage. It eventually started wear on my nerves
because I started to loathe her parents by the end of the novel. In
fact, the only character I really had any interest in at all by the end
was Emery. Yes she was self righteous, and more than a little big off,
but she didn’t whine about EVERYTHING, she stood up for herself. She had
a backbone, something that seemed to have been beaten out of Arson. I
understood how he was manipulated by his grandmother. However, I don’t
understand how he keeps letting Mandy play with his head. Especially
after he decides he is in love with Emery. It was just extremely
frustrating. The majority of the book felt drug out, there is some
action at the end, and then it just drops off in a straight cliffie. I
don’t know if I would want to read the next book in the trilogy. If it
focused more on Arson and Emery, maybe, I still really didn’t understand
why it spent so much time on Emery’s parents. I give it 2 and 1/2 out of
five controllers. Overall, I don’t think the author focused enough of
the books attention on the main characters or the paranormal part of the
story. A grave tragedy. Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Posted September 11, 2010
Arson by Estevan Vega
Arson was an interesting book, not so much for the content but the way it was written. It's sparse prose leaves the reader to fill in the understood holes of what happens between a person putting on their clothes and exiting the front door. Details are peppered in but scantily. It is both a powerful tool to activate your imagination and also frustrating because I'm never quite sure what people look like or where things are or even what happened.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Setting - is a small, quiet town in New England where it would seem that nothing remarkable ever happens. People are born, they live and they die. At least that's what I infer from what is provided in the text. I know that Arson's home is a cabin and that Emery's home is a little worse for wear and they're both near enough a lake that several scenes take place by its edges - but that's really it. I'm surprised I had that much to say about the setting.
The Characters - are very believable because they are so flawed. Arson's difficulties, his mindset are the products of an abusive home life - but he still has that innocent hope of youth that is endearing. He's often confused and reacts in very adolescent ways - unlike so many YA protagonists who are only miniature adults. Emery has a similarly difficult home life but in another way. Where Arson carries his pain on the inside, Emery's is on the outside for everyone to see. Both of their families are wonderfully detailed, but sparingly. You can picture them because you've seen their kind before. I do wish that at times there were more descriptions of them, maybe one good physical detail. It wasn't until the very end that I knew Arson had curly hair - and I don't think I ever recall what color anyone's eyes were except the mysterious man at the end. I found myself questioning the relationship between Arson and Emery; I just didn't get the buildup to the end.
The Plot - was fairly simple. Its summertime and kids will be kids. Arson and Emery are on the brink of adulthood and struggling with difficult home lives. They're also learning how to open up to each other. That seems to be the bulk of the plot until the end when things sort of explode. I'm not completely sure what happened to the end. It went from quiet, little town to secret agents and a possible kidnapping and murder - and then it ended. Sort of a fade to black and someone forgot to include the next scene. I am choosing to hope that there is another book following Arson that explains the abrupt ending, but I thought the setup for the ending happened far too abruptly and with far too little explanation for me to have closed it and felt satisfied.
Posted July 5, 2014
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