Book: The Book Eaters
Author: Sunyi Dean
This is my 84th read for the year
This is the story of Devon. Part of a clan that only eats books instead of food, she is on a mission to save her child. Devon, a coveted woman in the clan that hardly ever gives birth to daughters, has a son who is born with a rare condition that craves human minds instead of books. On the run to keep him safe and to find a cure called Redemption, Devon looks for people who can keep she and her son safe.
This was an okay book. It is an original idea, which drew me to give it a try. But the story fell short for me. Because Devon spends most of the book looking for a cure for her son, we don't get to learn as much about book eaters as we do about mind eaters. And that wasn't as interesting in my opinion. I didn't love most of the characters. Even Devon's little boy was hard to relate to because at 5 years old he spoke like a grown up because of all the adult minds he had eaten to stay alive. It didn't make him relatable. It is a dark story as well - a lot of maiming and murder. Again - not a fault, just a warning.
This is a great concept. I loved the idea. I just wish it had been better executed. I can see why the reviews are all over the place.