Uprooted by Naomi Novik


*I read this in April and reviewed it then. I read it as a hardcover. As always, this is my honest opinion.

Uprooted is one of those strange books, that you don’t really know how you feel about. You know those that you can’t exactly pinpoint exactly what you didn’t like and what you did. This review…is going to be a mess. You have been warned.


Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

I should also probably put as a disclaimer that I was drugged while reading this book (YAY WISDOM TEETH!) so I don’t think that helped matters at all. I don’t know how much the medicine impared my reading ability, but I watched a lot of Parks and Recs and took a crapton of naps so it took me an entire week to read this.

My main problem with this book was the writing style. It was so hard to follow. If you didn’t read a sentence word for word, the next paragraph wouldn’t make any sense. And I know, lazy me for reading so quickly that I don’t read whole sentences, but really. I’m used to reading, and maybe I don’t immediately grasp the whole sentence, but I can fill in the missing words. You can’t do that in this book.

It was also really detached from the story. I didn’t know the main character’s name throughout the whole book (I still don’t. It’s very hard to remember and pronounce). I didn’t get into the story and feel things like I normally would. It was like reading from 80,000 feet in the air.

The plot itself was strange and convoluted. I’m still not entirely sure what happened or what it all meant. In a way, it reminded me of Vassa in the Night and the surrealism that doesn’t quite make sense.

However, I still enjoyed the parts that kept me focused and engaged. It’s truly odd, because my frustrations with this book should make me hate it, but I don’t. It’s not my favorite book ever, but I don’t regret reading it.

I wanted to keep reading, even if I was confused most of the time. This definitely was a strange read. I can’t decide exactly how I feel about it.


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