This story focuses on a girl named White who lives in a mysterious and hidden away society. White has always been inquisitive and wondered about the world beyond the borders of her town, but after the death of her only family member, White goes on a Journey to finally get the answers the some of her questions.
She is met with plenty of opposition from those around her, but White refuses to take their lies at face value and stumbles upon a world she could never imagine existed.
During her journey, White meets Kes, a gentle and nerdy giant who helps her make sense of all the new information being thrown at her. She and Kes form and instant bond that is challenged not only by the differences in their size but the differences in the way they see the world.
Along the way several questions are answered like why White’s cousin died, why Kes is so large, and why the leaders of White’s colony are so secretive about their town. But still other more questions, like how White and Kes could have a relationship or if they should even attempt such a thing, are much more difficult to answer.
To put it plainly, White was hard to like. She was kind of selfish and kept waffling back and forth when it came to her feelings about everything. The number one subject she went back and forth on was Kes. One minute she was terrified of him and the next she was mad because he didn’t see her in a romantic way. Despite this behavior, she was still brave and spunky so I grew to like her, but it took some time.
Kes was a nice guy who could be immature at times. He wanted to protect White and keep her with him, and that caused him to be overprotective at times. At least White saw it as being overprotective. I saw him as being the realistic one in the relationship. The girl was smaller than a Barbie doll and wanted him to introduce her to his family. That’s just not a reasonable request.
I couldn’t help but be frustrated with the romance. I mean he is six-foot tall and she is six inches tall and that is a huge obstacle. I know love is supposed to conquer all, but how the heck are you supposed to have a relationship with someone who is smaller than a newborn baby? I’ve read and enjoyed several books by this author that follow a similar premise, but the height difference felt stranger in this one than the others.
View Spoiler »Maybe it is because White and Kes were so set on having a romantic relationship. If they just stuck with friendship while looking for a way to become the same height, I could have understood it more. But it seems like both plan on remaining the height they are and still want to be together.
That is a very romantic notion. It’s nice that they don’t need physical intimacy of any sort to be happy and they can be satisfied with conversation and the occasional the touch, but as a reader, I need more.
I don’t mean I need them to make out or anything, but it would be nice to know they had the option. Plus, there are plenty of things like hand holding, hugging, cuddling, and simply being able to look each other in the eyes that add to a romance. I missed those things. « Hide Spoiler
I’m not sure if this was the last book in this series or not. The ending seemed sort of final but there were plenty of questions left unanswered. If this is not the end of the series, I am looking forward to reading more.
I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It was very clean.
3. 5 Roses