by Scott Reintgen
Scott Reintgen describes this book as a love letter to the world of literature and that’s exactly what it is. It’s a fun and adorable adventure/mystery that features all the characters that authors write their stories about, but also the characters that never get a part in a story.
We follow Indira, a character-in-waiting who’s chosen to come to Fable and study at the Protagonist Preparatory, a place where authors find the characters for their stories. But when a failed audition puts Indira as a side-character rather than a protagonist, she has to work twice as hard to prove she can be the hero of her own story.
This book is a light and fun read that never stops to surprise. The world is so interesting and when I read this book, I actually felt bad for all the characters I’ve written about and given up on and deleted in my own writing. Scott Reintgen made Fable seem to real that I wanted to go back and finish my shelved stories and give all of them the chance to shine. And I truly loved that about this book, how it hooked me and made me care so much for the characters that he created here.
The plot was surprising, mostly because I thought it would take a completely different route when I first started reading. But it was a great story and I enjoyed seeing Indira grow as a character.
There isn’t much to say about this novel other than that it was a great and light read that was both serious and fun at the same time. Great characters, great world and great plot. In the beginning, I did feel a little too grown up for the idea of Fable and the characters-in-waiting. It was a little like I wanted to roll my eyes at it all, and the whole idea is in itself a little ridiculous. But it didn’t take more than a few chapters to get into it, and then it was just fun and amazing. And I can’t really blame the book for being a little childish considering it is a middle grade story, it was exactly what it’s supposed to be, and I know that I would have devoured this as a child and loved it.
So, don’t hesitate to pick up this book if you get the chance.