29 by Mary Sojourner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review. At first, I really disliked Nell's character. She was weak, selfish, indecisive, and extremely annoying, but as she started gaining her strength and discovering who she was, my feelings changed dramatically. Even though she had less material things I felt she became more in-tuned with herself. She made connections with other people and developed friendships throughout. I was really impressed with her final transformation at the end.
At times I felt somewhat alienated from Nell and Monkey's banter and email exchanges. There were a lot of music references that were unfamiliar to me and it was hard to follow. Although I didn't understand it at times, it felt as though they had a real connection despite the dysfunctional nature of their relationship. I really liked the concept of the Salt Song Trail and the mysticism associated with it, but I had many unanswered questions by the end that were left open. It would have been rewarding to see the characters "win" a small battle against the solar company. Who was responsible for Keno's "situation"? Why was Monkey's wife so forgiving of his relationship with Nell? Why were the people attacked in the dessert? Why was Monkey going into trances? Why was the Leafy talking to Nell?
Aside from the million questions I have, I would recommend this book to others, as it has a different perspective on human relationships, our relationship with nature and the desert.
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