Well, I found myself understanding and even caring for Greer quite a bit. And the whole idea of having tradition needing to be kept, no matter the means. The main characters were likeable, and truly growed throughout the book itself.
It isn’t really about rich kids having the money and power to do what they like, to them, it is all about keeping the tradition, ensuring that it remains so, and refusing to ever change.
Regardless of the cost, and those who differ are called savages. And those savages need to be put down, which is a sign of resistance against change. The fact that these kids don’t own cellphones, use letters as their main communication when the rest of the world is sending emails, text messages, etc.
This story is a lot more about the idea that those who do not conform have to be reminded that they should not. Just accept the natural order even when it was unfair for them. I believe that the themes of the story is about tradition, and this is an extreme length they will go to keep it.
Resisting change in the most brutal way, and getting away with it, but it eventually will catch up to them. And this is a story that is a little bit like a revolution against ideals, that it is time that the school figures that it is not in the medieval times, but the modern world.
And this world respect an individual, and sees that no matter what they can rise, they can fall. There is no fixed order.
And all the main characters in some way don’t fit in, and barely even talk to each other. But by the end, they have managed to become close friends and trust each other.
The level of psychological exploration was indeed nice, and coincides with the main ideas. Henry’s development and secrets, his whole idea. Although I did want the other medievals to have a little more development than what I saw of them. To have them also show different mindsets.
And the ending was something that I didn’t expect, given how it did impact them. And how it still felt as though the story couldn’t end, and a shocking reveal. Although I don’t even know whether there is any sequel. However it does speak a rather interesting circle rather than have a fully happy end.
Overall, this is something that I think has a reason. That sometimes you just cannot hold onto something that really makes no sense, although in this case it goes to the extremes, which makes this a book with more depth, as I felt that it did explore it sufficiently. But I want more from the book.
Highly recommended, if you’re looking for something that deals with psychology and young adult fiction.
Rating: 5 out of 5