The Sparrow Readalong Finish Line

September 29, 2014 Readalong, Religion, Science 17

Greetings Bookworms!

As you know I’ve been participating in a readalong of The Sparrow hosted by Trish of Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. I took a short break from reading this bad boy in the midst of Banned Books Week and Diversiverse, but now that those are in the history books, as it were, I was able to finish reading The Sparrow and what a ride it was! WARNING: If you hate animated gifs, run away now!


Where do I even begin? Thanks to some heavy foreshadowing, I knew how things were going to end up… In a manner of speaking. But the way they got there? Holy crap balls! I did NOT see that coming! As far as romantic entanglements I was like:



After which I thought, “well, okay, that’s probably for the best then.” But then there were some journeys and some revelations once people got back and I was like:


And THEN we found out the nature of the relationship between the very nice folks with tails and the rather suspicious folks with tails and I was like:


Are you KIDDING ME?! And then the rest of the story came out and I was like:

Love-and-Other-DrugsSo basically, The Sparrow shocked, appalled, and ripped me to pieces. And I liked it! The hype is well-deserved, kids! Mary Doria Russeel is the real deal. Big thanks to Trish for putting this party together!

Let’s talk, Bookworms! What’s the last supremely well-plotted book you read?

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17 Responses to “The Sparrow Readalong Finish Line”

  1. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    I read this a bit ago, basically right before I heard there was going to be a readalong. Dang! I would’ve loved to have read it along with you peeps. But I’m super glad that you liked it. It was a shocking, deep, heartrippingoutofmychest, kind of tale. <3 The hype is very well deserved 😀

  2. ThatAshGirl

    I’m totally not a lover of the multiple gif’s in a review. Yours don’t bug me because it’s you and yours are actually appropriate to what you’re talking about. But when I read a review on Goodreads and its like 90% gif’s I get a little squirrely.

  3. Sarah Says Read

    Yay I’m glad you liked it! It definitely kind of spirals there in the end and so many THINGS are happening and making sense and just yeah. I do want to read the sequel sometime soonish.

  4. tanya (52 books or bust)

    Word. Your GIFs capture my feelings perfectly. Can i just say I was devastated by the book. Dev-a-stated. But in a good way. Gah! It is just so good. But here is my burning question – are you going to read the sequel? I’m not sure to be honest.

  5. Trish

    Basically right. I wasn’t shocked by the ending–ok, maybe a little tiny bit–but I definitely did the Joey thing with Askama. I’m not sure ANY of it was fair!

  6. Word Lily

    Yes, it was very much all over the place as far as the emotions it elicited. Yikes. I think I do want to read the sequel; it’s interesting how divided people are over it.

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