More like The Okay-ders

The WondersTitle: The Wonders
Author: Paddy O’Reilly
Published: February 10, 2015
Genre: Fiction
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The premise sounded pretty promising. (Say that five times fast.) We meet three people with remarkable medical transformations: Leon, the story’s timid narrator, has a mechanical heart; buxom, perpetually naked Kathryn covered in black wool after a gene therapy cure for Huntington’s; and artist Christos who implanted metal wings into his back. Brash American, Rhonda, offers them work in her circus, though circus is more like a “glamorous” freak show of the days of yore.

Pro: The characters were interesting and likable.
Con: I kept wanting more from them–and not in a “I’m not putting this book down for anything, and that includes you, meals/sleep/regular bathroom breaks” kind of way.

Pro: These types of medical marvels were thoughtful and creative.
Con:  It was hard to believe that in this day and age of people spending exorbitant amounts of money to look like Justin Bieber or a Barbie doll that people in the story’s world would pay just as much just to dine with The Wonders. And their show itself sounded like a snooze-fest…Or maybe that’s all of that trashy TV desensitizing my brain.

Pro: This was a quick and easy read. Although nothing really major happened, I didn’t think of abandoning it once, even when I saw there was a sale on a fluffy YA book I’ve had my eye on. Whoa.
Con: The writing style was passive. It was meant to provoke thought on today’s media circus, it didn’t. Not that it had to make a statement or commentary about anything. Maybe I was looking for literary elements as a vestige from all of those literature assignments I had in school. Class, three bonus points for every piece of symbolism you totally make up find.

All in all, it was okay.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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