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  • Posted July 24, 2010


    For the first time, i just can't seem to find the words to summarize or explain what this story is about because it was just... WOW. I think i can start off by saying that i am VERY SURPRISED that this book is actually a teen book because it has A LOT of MATURE content within it. There was so much going on in this book that i don't think a young teen (13-15) could understand half of the story. Madapple is not your average story. I have to admit that Christina Meldrum really put a lot of effort in writing this story because it's very different from any book that I've ever read, she did a lot of research for this book and her writing is deep.

    Madapple is a story that challenges human nature, religion and identity.The story is mainly about Aslaug on trial, accused for the death of her Mother, Aunt, and Cousin. The story also shifts time periods, it goes from the present with Aslaug in court then into Aslaug's past, with her narrating her story. In the past, the reader learns of Aslaug's life with her mother. They lived in isolation, away from people and their advance way of life. Aslaug and her mother lived in a simple matter,collecting different plants and herbs to use for many things, such as food and medicine.

    Aslaug's mother teaches her about everything. Religion, science and health are a few of the main topics that Aslaug learns from her. But there are a lot of things, ideas and questions that Aslaug doesn't fathom, such as her birth. Her mother never mentioned anything about her father, let alone that she even had a father. Her mother believed that Aslaug's birth was a virgin birth.

    It is this sub plot within the story that will definitely challenge the reader's belief if they are religious or if they are Christian. I'd like to point out that if you are either one of the two, then this book is NOT FOR YOU. You might get offended because this book really challenges the Christian Faith. I'm a Christian and i admit that i felt uncomfortable reading this book because of how it views the Christian religion.

    On a good note though, i have to give credit to the author for writing such a refreshing yet bone chilling story. Aslaug's story is shocking and tragic. You will find yourself angry, sad, curious, and confused reading this story. This is exactly why this review was a bit difficult to write because there is a lot to this story both emotionally and plot wise.

    I would recommend reading this book if you are looking for a book to pull you in the moment you start to read and if you are looking for a different kind of story to read, something that does not involve cliche's or trends within YA literature.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    Aslaug, a girl with a unique story

    Aslaug is not like the other teenagers; she grew up in isolation and knows nothing about real life, technology or what the teenagers do. She only knows what her mother teaches her about religion and ancients worlds, and especially about plants. But then her mother dies, and she is a suspect in her death None of the things she learned for her mother could help her to understand what is going to happen now. But she will found her way back to the only family she has, the only thing is that she will find more than a place to stay, she'll find just questions and more questions, not only about her, but about her mother and her father. And those questions do not have logic answers, the ones she is used to.
    Madapple is a different story about life, human nature, faith, religion and miracles. The world building is really good, and the characters are very complex, besides, the plot is interesting and original. It has a lot on information about plants, and mythology, thing I liked very much.
    The development of the story is very surprising and it will keep you thinking about what's happening. If you like books with history, religion and some mystery, this is definitely a must read.

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    Posted March 7, 2011

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