Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Goodreads has Down Among the Sticks and Bones mislabeled as a sequel to Every Heart a Doorway. For the first half of this short book, I kept wondering when it was going to move on from back story and progress with the plot. Then I read the cover flap, and I learned that it was actually a prequel. From that point on, I enjoyed this book a lot more.

The Wayward Children series is kind of like Alice in Wonderland only there are infinite worlds that children fall into. In the first book we met a full cast of characters who attend a boarding school for children who want desperately to get back to the worlds they’ve discovered. Among those characters are twins – Jack and Jill – who had vastly different experiences of their world.

This book tells of Jack and Jill and how they ended up in their world to begin with. It also explains what happened to them there. It helps the reader understand the events of Every Heart a Doorway. I couldn’t quite remember the details of the original book, and I really wanted to re-read it after reading this new book. I didn’t read the whole thing again, but I did check it out from the library, so I could review the ending of that book. And now I want a sequel even more.

This book is a great addition to the series, and I think it could even act as a stand alone. If you haven’t read the first book yet, you may consider starting with this book. I think it’s better organized, and it could make Every Heart a Doorway a lot less confusing.

Rating: 3 Stars

Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Wayward Children #0.5
Seanan McGuire
Fiction
Tor.com
June 13, 2017
Hardcover
192

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

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