The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1

Today’s review of the day comes from Emily of Swarm of Beasts.  Emily is, in her own words, a "librarian, a writer, a linguistic auto-didact, and generally a dilettante." 


Octavian_nothing The Astonishing Adventures of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1

Yesterday, I read a comment to a blog post that said: if Octavian Nothing is a YA novel, then War and Peace is a middle-grade novel.

This has some truth in it.

It is certainly a novel that takes off running and doesn’t really care whether you catch up. It takes it as understood that the reader has the right balance of knowledge and patience; you don’t necessarily need to understand all the science and the history, but you need to be okay with not understanding it. It’s not Pynchon, or anything, but it’s a more difficult book than a lot of the mainstream suspense/thriller bestsellers on the adult shelves.

On the other hand, a book can be a difficult book and still be a YA book. And I think this one has that kind of appeal for very smart teenagers.

Continue reading the rest of the review here.