Every now and then, you stumble upon a book that just grabs your attention.
Erin Morgenstern’s new book, The Starless Sea, was one such book. Filled with books and doors and keys, it was a unique sort of read that piques your curiosity from the very beginning.
The story begins with with a big helping of allegorical foreshadowing before introducing us to Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a young college student who discovers a random book that contains a story of his childhood. Desperate to find out how anyone knew about it, he plays detective and follows a series of clues that lead him to an underground world and a secret society dedicated to protecting stories. But is Zachary there to protect the library, or destroy it?
As he meets new people involved in the society, Zachary realizes things aren’t quite what they seem. Time is of the essence and it’s running out.
Morgenstern’s book is a little bit different. Told with a mixture of stories from books mentioned in the book and third person narrative, she weaves a layered story full of love, intrigue, and impossible things.
I’ll admit, a little way into the book I started to wonder if the book was going to be as good as I thought. The seemingly random snippets of stories seemed distracting, until the story really got going. But once I got into the story, I started getting invested. As clues started dropping, I wanted so bad to piece the story together, but with all the moving pieces, it was enjoyable to just enjoy the story’s unfolding.
The Starless Sea hits shelves today. If you enjoy fantasy, libraries, intrigue, and just plain fun, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.