“There’s nothing wrong with trying to get to know my son’s boyfriend.”
Skylar knows he’s lucky to have an open-minded father. It’s not just that Skylar and Rafael are both boys. Between their families exists a dark and turbulent past: Rafael’s father was the first serial killer in the history of the Nettlebush Indian Reserve, and Skylar’s mother was his last victim.
Skylar is ready to put the past behind him. But Skylar’s future is tenuous at best. Skylar is still a ward of the state, and foster care can take him away from the reservation at a moment’s notice. Voiceless and powerless, Skylar learns firsthand what it means to be a Native American in the 21st century. And when Skylar stumbles across his father’s best-kept, twelve-year-old secret, not even Rafael can shield him from the fallout.
The book’s atmosphere is still captivating, however I like this volume less than the previous one. But I won’t decrease the points, because I have not the heart to do it. It’s still a great book.
On the one hand it’s good that the author told a lot of things again, what was already unequivocal in the first book, on the other hand she went from one extreme to the other. I think you wouldn’t start reading a random part of a series, if you didn’t read the previous volumes (except if the volumes aren’t closely connected). And if you already read the first book, you would find these repeats a little bit too much.
The story still flows slowly, but there are more happenings in this story than the previous one. My only problem is that the author suddenly closes scenes, and starts new ones. These scenes seem to be unfinished. But it’s forgivable because she writes so fantastically. The story of the boys captivated me completely, so thank Ms. Christo for them.
I really wanted to write about the characters, ‘cause it’s no biggie, right? But I love them so much, that I can’t utter a meaningful sentence. That hasn’t occurred to me so far! (Or only very rarely.) I thought it would be easy to tell about how great, and good, and caring, and loveable, and unforgettable people they are, but that’s all I can say. Besides these things I could repeat just one sentence over and over again: I love them! So yeah, I love them! 🙂 Especially Skyler and Rafael, of course. And Balto in this part. (I love that coywolf so much! *.*)
My Thoughts (Spoiler Degree: 1)
While in the first book I felt it’s good to be a Native American, and it would be really great living in a reservation, there is a comprehensive picture of the disadvantages of this origin and lifestyle in this novel. I’m shocked how easily they can take away the indian children from their parents in the 21st century (!), and with impunity! It’s indescribably sad and infuriating.
Song recommendation is the same as at the first book:
Best of Indian’s songs – Núcanchi Nan – Mohicans
I still don’t get the ‘two little boys’ idea on the e-book cover, but it doesn’t matter. I love this book because of its content, not because of its cover. The picture on the paperback version is more likeable to me; it’s so peaceful and simple. I’m really getting to love it. 🙂
See my favorite quotes in Daily Quotes from 890 to 893.