The Changeling by Victor LaValle
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Apollo is blissfully happy with his life, his newborn son and wife make up his happy world. Until, his wife does the unthinkable and he’s left searching for both her and his son.
Review: I sooooo enjoyed this book. I think changeling stories are super interesting and I was really interested to see one in a modern setting. I wasn’t sure at first how I’d like reading it from the father’s perspective but I really liked it a lot. We all know I’ve got beef with male authors as a whole, but LaValle was really great. I’d read his graphic novel before, the like Frankenstein retelling, and that was really good which was why I was willing to try reading his novel. I’m really glad I did because I enjoyed his book immensely.
The book has some fairly graphic scenes and features child death. It didn’t bother me, but it can be a very sensitive subject and hard for people. I liked how the book handled PPD too, at first it makes seem as though the wife, Emma, is having some sort of mental break but she ends up being the one who is right. To me it got the message across of hey, listen to women with PPD, like it might actually be important.
The troll was interesting, I personally really like trolls and their mythology so I found that super cool. Usually I hear changeling and assume fae so switching it slightly to trolls was interesting. I wish I understood what happens to the changelings if they’re allowed to grow up. Do they wither, become members of society, do they KNOW what they are?? I got so many questions and I want them all answered.
I wish that Apollo’s father had more of an impact. I don’t know, I don’t feel like the reveal about why and how he left really lent me any insight either to him, Apollo or the book in general. I’m not sure why that was put in, it was just a confusing little side bit. I feel if there was just a little more connection to the overall plot that it wouldn’t have bothered me.
Recommendation: Overall this was just a fantastic book, it was exciting and had emotion and empathy. I think if you want a modern changeling story that this book does such and amazing job of it.
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