Book: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Part 1: The Pox Party
Author: M.T. Anderson
Like/Don't Like: this was kind of mind-blowing
I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up at the library. I just saw the cover and thought it looked interesting. I didn't even read the inside flap. So when I started reading it I was immediately blown away because I just didn't have a clue what I was in for. It surprised me from the very first page. I was not prepared for how gripping it would be. To tell you the premise would mean giving away most of the story so I'll just say that it's part historical novel (set in Boston just before the Revolutionary War began), part coming of age tale (Octavian is a teenager through most of the book - it's a YA novel in case you decide to look for it), and part vocabulary lesson (you're going to need a dictionary). It was not an easy book to read because of the subject matter but I flew right through it because it was such a great story. Loved it.