Friday, August 8, 2014

Existential YA Review: Superunknown: Of Fairytales and Grunge by G.C. Huxley

Superunknown: Of Fairytales and GrungeSuperunknown: Of Fairytales and Grunge by G.C. Huxley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you're looking for something different, this might be the book for you. Superunknown is about Em, a girl who's just starting out at a new high school. She takes notice of a boy named Eido, who seems like a troublemaker. Even though she tries to keep her distance, she keeps getting caught up in stranger and stranger scenarios, and Eido seems to be oblivious to the absurdity despite being central to them.

This is an interesting book. I liked how 90s music, technology, and life is snuck into the story. For those who grew up in the 90s, it brings back memories. For younger generations, I imagine it gives them a peek into a much different world. Another thing I liked was the unfolding mystery and the unpredictability of the story melding in with the every day. The story feels original.

On the other hand, I felt some of the concepts to be a bit confusing. The ending, well, I'm not sure what really happened. I might need to read up on existentialism and try again to fully understand it. I feel like the message was that you have to enjoy life for what it is, not seek to know more than you're meant to know, and allow the meaning of life to remain a mystery. If you do these things, you'll find happiness. That's what I got out of it.

Overall, this is a good book, a bit different than what I normally read. I liked the characters and was intrigued by the concepts the story introduces, even though I was confused from time to time. People who like YA, but crave something a little more deep than the usual offerings may find this one to their liking.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.

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