October 9, 2018

Short & Sweet: The Alice Network (Adult)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

A very solid read. Excellent writing that was both accessible and yet still evoked the historical time period, fully fleshed-out main characters who stirred reader sympathy without being unrealistically perfect, and dual storylines that both held my interest (although the Eve storyline was arguably more gripping). The one niggling complaint I have is that stereotypes of groups as either "good" or "evil" were employed in a rather black-and-white way (without discussion). It would have been more realistic to have some examples of exceptions to the stereotypes introduced -- not all Germans were "evil," just as not all British or Americans were "good" during the wars. Human behaviour is far more complicated than a simple label like that, in any case. 

4 stars. 

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