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Pale by Chris Wooding

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

What would you feel like to  come back to life, after you've died? That's what this book, Pale, by Chris Wooding is about. It tells the tale of Jed, who has recently died and come back to life using the Lazarus Serum. It was a really interesting idea for me to read, with Wooding's take on the living dead.

'The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead - but when you come back you've changed - you're a Pale, an outcast. It's the last thing Jed wants, but an accident changes everything and Jed's forced to discover the true cost of living forever.'

This story can be rather controversial, with the idea of someone coming back to life. I feel that Wooding has done a good job of not delving too much into the controversial issues, such as religion, only mentioning them in passing.

Wooding as clearly thought out all the problems that a person would face if they had come back to life. Religious people would discriminate them, believing it is wrong for a person to live beyond their time. Their different looks would provoke others to bully them. They are considered dead, so most or all of their possessions are usually taken away from them.

I sympathised with the main character, Jed. Wooding writes about Jed's feelings in a clear, unflinching way. This way of writing appeals to our human nature, and makes us sympathise strongly with Jed and his transition into his new status in life.

This book was short, far too short for my liking. This is just my personal opinion though. I would've liked to see Jed face a few more problems and for him to mature out a bit longer. The conclusion was quite unrealistic, as I felt that Jed could not have matured that quickly (the span of a week) to make his hard decison in turning Sadie to a Pale or leaving her to fully die.

I rate this book a definite 4.5 stars out of 5. I only wish it had been more elaborate, but it is aimed to be for low-reading level readers. But in the end, this all really didn't count, as I really loved how well thought out this book was!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

(I got a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

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