Friday, December 28, 2018

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Rating: unrated | 7 hrs. 42 min. | Balzer + Bray | YA Fantasy | Release Date: 10/2/2018 

So about this book. I'm not really sure what to think of it. I like that it's not trying to be what you expect in a YA fantasy. It's not a story about rebellions, handsome princes, faithful sidekicks, and adventure--instead, it manages to be...I'm going to go ahead and say viscerally transgressive.

I can see Damsel being used to that introduce teens the concept of  how to do a feminist reading of a text or apply feminist literary theory (which is totally a class I took in college, okay)  It's chock-full of allegory and symbolism in a way that is raw and at times a bit heavy handed but it's the kind of strangeness and unease that you can't look away from.

And whooo, boy...that ending.  Like I get what Arnold was doing but I was not expecting that. .  .

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