– Admit One-
-To be used once, to gain entrance into Caraval-
-Main gates close at midnight-
-Anyone who arrives later than this will not be able to participate, or win this- year’s prize of one wish.
I, like a lot of people, used my magical admission ticket and entered this shimmering world of Caraval. Admittedly, it wasn’t one I had planned to go to, but I don’t regret it nonetheless.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a good while now. Finally, after weeks of speculating whether it’s worth my time or not, I went for it. Unsurprisingly, it was very captivating. To get you up to speed, heres the synopsis:
“Remember, it’s only a game…
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.”
As you can probably tell, what was waiting for me was truly magical. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into this carnival. A spellbinding world that’s a wonderful break from the serious tones of my usual reads.
“Once inside, you will be presented with a mystery that must be solved. Clues will be hidden throughout the game to help you on your way. We want you to get swept away, but be careful of being swept too far away.”
Heeding this warning was apparently too much for me for I seem to have been swept too far away. They did not fail to mention this all throughout the book. But, as the days went by in the magical world of Caraval, what was real and what wasn’t overlapped. Just like the heroin, Scarlette, I completely fell for every single trick they made. So it comes to no surprise how very angry I am right now at how things ended.
So much anger. Soooo much anger.
Everything was a lie. And I mean alll of it. There wasn’t a shred of honesty in any of the passages written in this book. The reason I’m so angry isn’t because I was tricked. We were all warned from the beginning, so getting blinded between the pages of Caraval, and not being able to differentiate between reality and fiction is entirely on me. In fact, I salute the author, Stephanie Garber for being able to pull something like this off. I admire her for it, it just proves how well written Caraval is.
However, What upset me the most, is how Scarlett dealt with the aftermath of it all. She shrugged it off like it was nothing. She forgave everyone for the hell they put her through like they didn’t torture her this whole time. The ending was very difficult for me to read. Perhaps it’s because I find it hard to trust people in general. So when one person betrays me, it’s game over. Scarlett had the entirety of Caraval betraying her, they all watched as she made a fool of herself, and probably laughed at her while she frantically searched for her sister, one she believed was in very real danger. Scarlett cried, was drugged, got yelled at, got tricked, lost sleep, lost her sanity, got abused by her father, almost got raped by her Fiancé and had to witness two people she loved very much die and experience very real pain and loss because of all this. Yet suddenly with a few words she was fine with all this. That right there seems to me like a very unrealistic ending. No one would be okay after going through all this just to find out it was all a well rounded play, a fake. Scarlett was tricked by her so called sister. She went through a lot of pain while everyone watched and laughed from the sidelines. Granted, I do understand why Tessa did what she did, but there were a million other ways to do it. This should not have been one of them.
Apart from my obvious anger, I loved this book. The whole journey was well thought off, exciting and very adventurous. If i were to ever receive a Caraval ticket, you will most definitely find me there. I recommend this book to anyone who would be willing to overlook the whole Tessa thing.
For all you thrill seekers and magic dwellers!
What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^
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