May 7, 2012
The Piper's Son (Sequel to Saving Francesca) by Melina Marchetta
There were way to many characters in the first few chapters of this book. By the fifth page, I had trouble keeping them straight. But by the fifth chapter, when it kind of mellowed out, I forgave Marchetta for bombarding me with names. Tom didn't really get much development in Saving Francesca, but he got his own book out of the deal, so now he has tons of character development.
When we start out, Tom seems to be your typical angst filled character (it pains me saying that) but he really grew throughout the book into a recognizable human being. The thing with Tara though, I was just rooting for them the entire time. Something I don't get, who changed Will Trombal? (When you read it, you'll figure out what I mean.) *shudder* Anyways, back to the story. Tom was writing emails to Tara, and his aunt was writing emails to her dead brother. It added to the story, I'll give it that, but there's only so much you can take of angst, angst, angst in a character. Also, I've never read a book where an aunt and nephew switch points of view.
I liked it, but the writing wasn't as good as that of Saving Francesca, or Jellicoe Road. It actually kind of seemed like a filler title. And I was dissapointed by the ending. You know that sinking feeling at the end of a book that didn't meet your expectations? Here we are.