by Amy Allgeyer
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Release Date: April 1st 2016
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(This review may contain spoilers).
I thought this book was quite an entertaining one. There was a lot in this book that drew me in and I found it really easy to read… at least for the most part. The difficulty came because I was drawn into the darker parts of the book.
I found Liberty to be a character who was really easy to empathise with. I had a lot of sympathy for her in regards to her relationship with her mother… but I did like seeing her relationship with her Grandmother. While I would have liked to see a bit more of some of the secondary characters in the book, it was really good to see Liberty interacting with the people she did.
I thought it was good to see Liberty having to deal with the fact her grandmother was sick and also problems as a teenager. I really didn’t like Cole as a character, even towards the end of the book. I thought that he came across as really abusive and I found it really hard to see anything about him as sympathetic.
I thought it was strange to see how Liberty was the only one who questioned the effects of the mine and what it was doing to the water. Picturing the orange liquid in my mind was sufficient to make me decide I’d never want to even risk it. And I was surprised that the doctor didn’t seem to try any harder to see the link between the mountain and the increase in the disease and defects.
I thought it was really interesting to see the effects the mine had on the people in the town. I also liked seeing how Liberty had to deal with the problems with trying to make the money stretch for food and for things like gas.
I did like seeing Liberty’s friendship with Iris and I would have liked to see more of their interactions. I did like the ending of the book, even though I did kind of wish it had gone a bit better.
In the future, I would be interested in reading more books by this author… and it would also be good to see more of the characters and how things might turn out for them later on.