I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Boy with the Tiger's Heart by Linda Coggin
Published by Hot Key Books on September 4th 2014
Source: the Publisher
A girl raised in the wild, a desperate race for freedom and a boy with a fiercely guarded secret...
When Nona's guardian kills himself, she is immediately suspected of murdering him. In a world where nature and darkness are feared, where wild animals are killed or held captive and cities are illuminated by permanent light, who will believe her innocence? Nona must flee with her only friend - a bear who is strangely human.
In their desperate attempt to escape capture, Nona and her bear encounter two strange boys, Caius and Jay. Together, the four of them will hide, and fight, and make the deadliest of enemies in their desperate race to a forbidden place called The Edge - where nature is unrestrained, where there is light and shade, forest and mountain, and where there are no shackles or boundaries.
A poetic, haunting and unforgettable modern fable about nature, society, and what it is that makes us human.
The reason this review is so late, is because I can’t really make up my mind about this book. I didn’t really dislike The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart, but I didn’t love it either. I thought about it a lot, and in the end I think this mainly has to do with the fact that I felt detached from the story. The book was completely different from what I was expecting and I just couldn’t really get into the story.
The story felt weak, sure I understood that nature and animals were considered threats to society, but I felt like I missed the message the book was supposed to deliver. I would have liked more background information to back the story up, as well as some more depth. The synopsis promised various themes (and they indeed were addressed), but they weren’t really explored. Unfortunately, it just fell a bit flat for me.
However, it wasn’t all bad! The characters were interesting. Nona was a good character, and had the potential to be a great character. Though unrealistic, I thought the idea behind Jay was very intriguing. Caius felt a bit like the third wheel though, he was there, but at the same time he wasn’t. Once again, just like the story line, it was hard to connect with them.
I’m still not too sure what to make of this book. The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart had so much potential, but it fell flat. I don’t really dislike it, but neither do I really like it. It was a bit disappointing actually…