Uprooted Book Review: Why I hated Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Why I’m Mad at Uprooted – Book Review

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose. -Description from Amazon-

Over-hyped, Over-written, Disappointing.

It started well, and went downhill from there.

There is no doubt that the premise of this book is very intriguing. It is a fantasy novel with a fairy tale retelling twist and instantly grabs the attention of many readers. When I read the first chapter I enjoyed it. When I read the second chapter I enjoyed it. When I read the 10th chapter I was bored. You could have taken this book, ripped out 150 pages and I would have been a much happier reader.

This book is a perfect example of over-description.

Over-description?! Is that even possible?! We are book nerds after all!

YES. It is possible and it has been done. When you describe a scene too intensely it ironically becomes harder to imagine and immerse in. It is amazing what your mind will create with just a few words versus several paragraphs. It underestimates the reader and makes picturing a moment harder than it needs to be, causing you to focus on the text itself and not the story. I should not be aware that I am reading text on a page, I should be fully immersed in that fictional world. That did not happen with this book.

The writing style for this book is VERY flowery. You might think that I mean flowery in a good way. In this case, I don’t. I believe there is good flowery and there is bad flowery. Good flowery is when your honey surprises you with flowers. Bad flowery is when authors write extra words just for the sake of writing extra words that add nothing to anything except my face looking cranky. – This was book was bad flowery.

I have a pet peeve about this book and it is this: SIMILES.

I love similes as much as the next literature nerd, okay? But when a simile is the predominant tool you use for description it gets REAL OLD REAL FAST. I was so bored while reading this book that I started counting the number of similes per chapter as some sick, twisted way to entertain myself. It didn’t really work to well, as I remained incredibly bored.

Our characters fell flat.

I do enjoy our leading lady, but to me a lead character is portal to discovering side characters and our side characters here are just: meh. Ill-developed personalities and one-dimensional development do not a happy reader make.

An incredible amount of people enjoyed this book – I was clearly not one of them. If you want to find out what the hype is all about, get your copy by clicking the cover.

Out of 10

Good Things

  • Interesting premise
  • Beautiful world

Bad Things

  • over-descriptive writing style
  • unconvincing visuals
  • flat characters
  • Too long (needed more editing)
  • Overhyped

The Breakdown

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