Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: UNDERDOGS by Markus Zusak

Rating: 2/5 stars

I never would have picked up this book if it wasn't written by the same author who wrote my very favourite book. The synopsis of Underdogs didn't really interest me, but I love Zusak's writing style in The Book Thief, so I thought I'd give this book a chance too.

If I didn't know better, I'd say the books were written by two different people. The elegant prose and beautiful descriptions in The Book Thief are not present in this book. Underdogs feels, to me, like any other unmemorable story about two brothers who get themselves into trouble. I really couldn't feel Zusak's special touch in it.

I'm including my ratings of the individual books:
Underdog: 2/5 stars
Fighting Ruben Wolfe: 1/5 stars
Getting the Girl: 3/5 stars

This trilogy took me so long to read, mostly because I was bored with the story and rather uninterested in how the plot progressed. The third book was by far the most interesting, and I can see now why it has the most ratings on Goodreads of the three books. It also has a writing style that is most similar to that present in The Book Thief, although the similarities are still only slight.

This is a trilogy that I will never reread, but I am glad that I read it this once. If you are a Zusak fan, I can safely say that you are not missing out by skipping these books.

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