Author: Tj Klune
Published: October 28th, 2016
Pages: 324 (ebook)
Genres: gay fiction | contemporary | basically like a mystery, too
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First, hey, I’m back with my first review since hiatus. (Remember how I said I’d try getting one within the week? Forgot about not having much computer access over break, so…17 days later, here we are!) And instead of trying to make reviews for what I read while relieving stress during that school hiatus, like I mentioned, I WAS IMPATIENT TO READ MURMURATION.
And well. Reviews are hard for this one because so many little details could be spoilers… so this is probably gonna be a short one, folks.
Recommended if you like:
- Tj Klune books
- I can’t say!
In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good Commie is a dead Commie.
The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls, and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.
Look. Even the blurb is so vague.
– But the blurb also makes it sound like such a mystery! I mean, from the first pages, I was like…what’s going on?? I finished it very quickly because I wanted to figure out the mystery so badly…and then see how it all ended. Phew! I had, like, 3 theories in my mind at once while reading.
– Loved the setting! I remember seeing Klune mention how he wanted authenticity for a setting in the ’50s, so it’s fun seeing the words and products not used anymore from way back then. A quaint little town, too, that I’d love to visit in real life! (Amorea is not a real place, folks…)
– The main characters were so cute! The romance between them slowly building up was adorable. How they acted around each other was adorable. And they are just so great for each other.
– Mike Frazier is like a big teddy bear. And as you’re reading you want to know much more about him to understand. He’s kind to the townsfolk and loves Sean dearly. He’s also very shy around Sean, so he had some pretty dry conversation at times. (Thank you, Sean, for picking up the talks!)
– Sean Mellgard is a sweetheart! He’s so good to Mike and coaxes him out of his little shell. I like their small conversations, their walks home, their little dates. Sean is more forward in their relationship and supplies most of the talk. And some jokes.
– The darker parts were so…I dunno, but it made me want to know. Unlike some other reviewers saying this book was a “mindfuck”, I’d disagree. That’s too intense. Like a fellow blogger put it, I see it as more Twilight-esque.
– And then, I dunno about you folks, but by the end, I was a little conflicted, but satisfied. Like, not conflicted in that I’m conflicted about whether or not I liked the ending – just conflicted about how it ended and wondering about other paths, y’know? I might make a rant companion to talk about it more.
– This book makes you think by the end. It might make you think about people. It might make you think about happiness. It might make you think about the circumstances into which life puts someone. It can get philosophical.
Overall, an interesting, thought-provoking story.
Ta-ta for now, worms (of books)!
Did you read this book? What’d you think of the characters and setting? Did it make you think? (Careful of spoilers, though)
~Cover photos from Goodreads~
~Review also posted on Goodreads~