My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Goodreads: Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.
Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.
They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.
A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.
‘Perfectly strange, and absolutely comical and heartfelt ... Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original writers we have.’ – Markus Zusak
My thoughts: Absolutely delightful! The humor is hilariously subtle. The best part of the book (I know I should say it was the story) is the relationships between the characters. The second best part of the book (still not the story) is the dialogue between the characters. Really, we could just put the "Heading" of the best part as being the humor. It is British humor; not over the top but enough to get the giggle going.
The concept is very clever and unique. There is a land that decided to close itself off to the rest of the world based on the Black Plague. It was really nasty business, the Black Plague, and just easier to avoid by closing off the borders. I don't know where this other land exists but it is not on the physical earth as we know it. On the other hand, occasionally, a crack shows up and there can be some communication between this world and the other world which is exactly what happens. Just a corner and not big enough for a person to fit through but enough for a note or a letter. This is how Elliot and Madeleine communicate and help one another with life biggest questions.
It is utterly strange and unique. I can't wait for book 2.