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A Wish in the Dark de Christina Soontornvat
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A Wish in the Dark (edição: 2020)

de Christina Soontornvat (Autor), Greta Jung (Narrador)

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Membro:Conway_Library
Título:A Wish in the Dark
Autores:Christina Soontornvat (Autor)
Outros autores:Greta Jung (Narrador)
Informação:Brilliance Audio (2020), Edition: Unabridged
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At the heart of this novel is the main characters' evolution of beliefs about the (un)fairness of the world and what, if anything, can be done about it. For both Pong, born in Namwon prison, and for Nok, born to the fancy West Side of Chattana, it looks like this:

1. Life is fair.
2. Life is unfair, and there's nothing we can do about it.
3. Life is unfair, and our purpose is to work toward making it more fair.

But this book has more than just a powerfully compelling core: it also has complex characters and beautiful, believable Thai-inspired world-building.

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Because while Pong was better than anyone at paying attention, and almost as good as Somkit at waiting, he was terrible at ignoring when things weren't fair. (5)

"You have a good heart, Pong." (Father Cham, 62)

It was as if in trying to run away from the Governor's words, he'd instead made them come true. (62)

Those who were born in darkness always return. (Governor to Pong, 63)

Light shines on the worthy. (Governor's proverb, Nok, 86)

"I know this isn't what you think you want. But sometimes life doesn't give us what we want. We don't get to do everything we wish, and we have to deal with what we've given in the best way we can." (Nok's mother, 133)

The room felt stuffy, the way it does when people go too long without saying anything. (152)

But life outside the prison walls wasn't much fairer than life inside it. (177)

Once again he found himself pulled like the tide, torn between leaving and staying. (206)

"It's the law, but it isn't what's right." (Ampai, 212)

"The law is the light, and the light shines on the worthy." (Nok, quoting the Governor to her father, 241)

"Well, sometimes light shines on the worth. But sometimes it just shines on the lucky ones. And sometimes...Sometimes good people get trapped in the dark." (Nok's father, 242)

"You can't run away from darkness. It's everywhere. The only way to see through it is to shine a light." (Pong to Father Cham's spirit, 324)

"Things are the way they are. There's not much we can do to change it." (Nok's father, 242)

"Your mother is trying to do her best for her children. She is just trapped by the rules we live by. We all are." (Nok's father, 331)

[Courts and judges, rules and jails] by themselves...did nothing to make the world better. (335)

Which was better: being safe or having freedom? And did you have to choose? (372) ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 21, 2021 |
Pong escapes the prison where he grew up and takes refuge at a monastery. Nok, who is of a higher social class (but is dogged by a family secret) is determined to track Pong down for disgracing her father, the prison warden. Rigidly overseeing the Thai-like region is the Governor, a law and order leader who holds the power of the orbs that light up the city of Chattana. Pong and Nok end up unlikely allies as a secret movement forms to defy the Governor with a massive show of civil disobedience. Savvy readers will recognize the themes of law, justice, class, privilege, and oppression as highly relevant echoes of the world today. Soontornvat effectively creates a rich alternate world that glows with possibilities and ambiance. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Mar 14, 2021 |
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Set in a fantastical version of a Thai or Vietnamese City, we follow the main characters as they navigate a strange and magical world. Pong, born in prison, manages to escape, and finds himself under the care of a monk with a magical touch. But he can’t escape his past and when it catches up to him, he must choose right or wrong, freedom or slavery, fighting for others, or saving himself. Nok, the other main character, must learn to redefine herself, and learn what honor really is.
The book explores the nature of birth and freedom, and how we become who we ought to be and who we can be. The world building, the plot, the characters – all well-done and worth reading. Good story for any middle-grade or above. ( )
  empress8411 | May 10, 2020 |
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Apparently everybody loved this book and I just was fighting to get through it, which always makes me sad. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this type of book, but it fell a little short for me.

Overall, I liked this book but it was a little slow moving. The characters are very well developed and the the environment was very richly detailed. The setting was magical and I loved the world building but the way that it was written the climactic scenes were not as climactic as I would’ve liked them to be.

Some things that I really enjoyed:

The world-building, it was beautiful, but I think that there was a lot of time spent there and not on the more important scenes.
The magical elements were really really well done. I liked the play on light as the magic and the play of light and darkness throughout the story.
The main character was brave, from beginning to end and while there was other growth as well, the bravery continuing as a plot theme was very consistent.
Some things that were eh:
The plot seemed slow. There was a lot of world description and it was beautiful, but it slowed down the plot for me as a reader and I wanted more hype and movement
SO many characters, it was hard to keep them straight, and it might have been because the names were Thai names and I am not that familiar with them.
Overall I really liked this take, the magic and world were wonderful, and the story was a very nice one, but I found it heard to stay engaged. ( )
  sszkutak | May 3, 2020 |
Delightful story that, while fantasy in many ways, still has that sense of what life is like on a daily basis for many in this world. Everyone would be a better and happier person if they had a Father Cham in their life. Imagine bracelets that come with wishes/blessings that eventually come true, boyhood friends whose bond is stronger than anything that fate can throw at them, a girl whose strengths and frailties make her extremely likable, even when she's doing something that makes you shake your head. This book has all of these and more. It's a dandy book for any library to buy. ( )
  sennebec | Mar 30, 2020 |
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