Series: Fable, #1
Genre: Young Adult
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Survival, Needing to prove yourself, Honesty, Self-Esteem, Bravery, LGBTQ, Relationships
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books
Thank you to the NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Fable.
Abandoned by her father and after the unexpected loss of her mother, Fable must find a way to survive on her own in the dangerous Narrows. Being at sea is where she is comfortable and will stop at nothing to get what she feels she deserves. However, this is easier said than done when men kill without a thought, traders don’t tell the full truth, storms can bring down any ship, and when true enemies are out to get you.
I was recently given the opportunity to read and review Fable by NetGalley and publisher, St. Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books. It was one of those books that I could not help but speed right through!
The setting and world building of this book is unique. Throughout the entire book, Fable is either in the sea, on a ship, or in a potentially dangerous small town. The author does a nice job in creating the imagery of diving into the ocean and it made me long to be at the beach. There is something so mystifying and thrilling to live your life and survive by diving into the great blue. It was clear that the ocean was not only Fable’s occupation (diving for items to trade), but a place that she is extremely comfortable in visiting and diving deep into.
Fable is a well-developed and three-dimensional character. Her emotions range from sad and lonely to fierce and angry. She shows cleverness, and yet can show some naivety at the same time. We learn how she came to be, what her mission is, and what happens when things don’t go according to her plan. Resourcefulness, bravery, and standing up for what she wants are other great characteristics that make Fable a very likable character. At the same time, some of the secondary characters did fall a little flat and at times it was hard to distinguish one versus the other.
The plot kept me entranced throughout most of the book. Though there were times when I questioned where the suspense was, which slowed down the plot, but there were also moments where I couldn’t put the book down. I did appreciate the seamless flow of Fable remembering her traumatizing past and floating back to the present. It’s something the author did very well and created a more enjoyable read.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Fable, despite some of its slower plot points and some underdeveloped secondary characters, and I look forward to continuing Fable’s story in the book’s sequel!
I would highly recommend this read to those who enjoy young adult books that features a young woman, who lives at and around the sea, and is trying to obtain what she deserves.