Monday, December 06, 2010
On the Jellicoe Road
Two stories merge into one. The primary story is Taylor, leader of her school's students in the annual Territory Wars against the Cadets and the Townies. The purpose and rules of the Territory Wards are not immediately clear. The secondary story is of Hannah, Taylor's... guardian? She disappears at the beginning of the story and we get her story through a manuscript she has written.
Taylor spends much of the book being angry at various people for no reason, or no good reason. This makes it hard to like her or understand her.
I didn't really see the territory wars as being important except as a plot point to bring the characters together. I also figured out the (mysterious) connection between Hannah and Taylor long before it was revealed. I ended up reading faster just to prove I was right. It didn't surprise me, nor impress me.
That being said, I'll probably still gift it to a 14-year-old.