Title: The White Oak: Imperfect Darkness Book One
Author: Kim White
Published By: Story Machine Studio
Released: April 9, 2012
*Thanks to Netgalley and Story Machine Studio for letting me read an e-arc of this book*
Summary: On the day of her father's funeral, as the Alexander family is gathered around the graveside, a sinkhole opens up and swallows them whole. Cora Alexander is the only one to survive the sinkhole and she somehow manages to enter the Underworld alive. As Cora wanders through the Underworld she meets Minotaur, an advanced computer program and Sybill, the writer of everyone's life story. With the help of these two and her shade of a twin brother Lucas, Cora must navigate through the Underworld while staying alive and finding out what her greater purpose there is.
My Thoughts: This book is unlike anything I've ever read before. It's full of action and a dreary, depressing Underworld that makes for an unputdownable read.
This book starts off with a bang and the action never stops. There is never a slow part to the story which makes for a fast read because you have to find out what happens to Cora next.
The Underworld setting was also unique. White goes into vivid description of the Underworld and its inhabitants, making it come alive in its own bleak and depressing way. White's writing also has a sort of musicality to it that makes it very enjoyable to read.
The only half-way negative thing I'd say about The White Oak is the reader is constantly left in a state of confusion. We don't know what's happening at the beginning of the story or the end of it. This could be what White wanted the reader to feel by putting the reader in the same state of confusion as Cora.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was very fast-paced and White's description of the Underworld was very interesting. People should definitely go check this one out!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Unlike anything I've ever read before, in a good way!
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