Hey friends ^_^ I don’t always do this, but Scintilla’s review of A Book Without Dragons was just so lovely, I had to boost the signal. Thank you SO much, Scintilla!!
I particularly liked this analysis of the open-ended nature of the ending (no spoilers, don’t worry!)
I love the way A Book Without Dragons ends without forcing conclusions or final answers upon the reader. It explores interesting questions: what kind of people are we becoming in our tech-dependent world? Could we survive without all the tech? Would we possibly even be better? Does technology bring us together or drive us apart? Berrier does not really answer those questions for us. She poses one set of possibilities…then takes them away and leaves the reader to answer whether anything was ultimately gained or lost in the transaction. Some of the characters are arguably better off in the end. Others are undeniably worse. And some are just in a different place. Whether society is better or worse, though, is something the reader will have to decide.
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