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Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Ever
by Gail Carson Levine

Ever

By: Gail Carson Levine

Release Date: May 6, 2008

Rating: 1 star

Summary: Falling in love is never easy, but falling in love with an immortal god while your days on earth are numbered is almost more than a young girl can bear.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding story of Kezi, a girl confronted with a terrible destiny. Attempting to thwart her fate, Kezi and her love, Olus — the god of wind and loneliness — embark on a series of dangerous and seemingly impossible quests.

 

Review: I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn’t – at all.

I thought this book had a lot of potential because I’m always interested in cultures that explore other gods. And I liked how the characters are supposed to perform certain tasks and lessons in order to become a champion or heroine.

However, I found that I did not like the characters. Olus was kind of a ridiculous character. We never find out why he wanted to leave other than he was lonely. But he leaves to become a sheep herder, technically to be by himself (that is until he met Kezie). He instantly grows fond of her, but we don’t really know why except the instalove and the way he likes how she dances, I guess. And his tasks were kind of silly. I can see how the well sort of fits into it, but I think it just kind of lacked the deep, life-altering epiphany, you know?

And Kezie was just a flat character to me. I think her character had so much potential as far as believing in Admat being the all, to realizing there are other gods to changing her beliefs. It just seems like the whole story was too light for something that meaningful. And her relationship with Olus is just strange. It wasn’t love at first sight, though he did catch her attention. She didn’t really know him that well and almost immediately after they left home, she felt she loved him. There wasn’t anything to lead into that realization just it slipped from her mouth and viola, amour.

I was also disappointed with the end because this god that was supposed to be her all turned out not to be. Does he really exist at all? Who knows. But the way her fate was played out at the end just seemed quick and easy.

So what message was Levine trying to convey about fate and beliefs? This book had potential to explore deep, thought-provoking questions through its characters. But all it ended up being was a light story with surface emotions in a folklore what that didn’t teach any symbolic lessons.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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