• Forest Born Reread: July 15th

    Date: 2016.07.15 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: ,,,

    Chapter 11

    The best writers remember to include even the smallest detail to shape their characters throughout their work and make them feel real. Hale gives her girls life by including what they are like first thing in the morning. Enna is silly and a bit whiny. Dasha is incoherent. Isi and Rin are the most consistent. Isi is calm and measured while Rin is ever watchful.

    Hale has beautiful diction. She likens the worry in Isi’s face to weather which isn’t the first time an author has done this. Some say you could see a dark cloud hanging over someone’s head or how someone is as gloomy as a rain cloud. Hale, however, says: “…Rin could see the worry in Isi’s face, thick as a rainy sky” (page 132). Her phrasing is simple and elegant. She conveys her meaning without getting too bogged down by or wrapped up in metaphor.

    I love when the girls wax on philosophically about their gifts. Fire-speaking like a monster that if not controlled, consumes the speaker. People-speaking a monster that could to be your friend, but could also guide you to destruction. Wind-speaking would be the monster that wears you away until nothing is left while water-speaking would be a monster that wants to engulf you. I wonder what kind of monster tree-speaking is.

    No matter what Dasha says the food options are one of the bigger reasons I’m not about to run off into the words and live My-Side-of-the-Mountain style.

    Enna and Dasha are great comic relief throughout the book. I guess Razo isn’t the only one who can lift spirits!

    I love seeing Rin be useful to their mission. The more that she learns she is needed and unique the closer she will be to finding herself.

    Rin’s moment in which she tests out her tree-speaking is very jarring. Hale sets it up perfectly to be that way, too. First, she describes the forest as being young and vibrant, beautiful and alive–safe. Then, Rin is “blasted with a sensation of loathing, filling her like maggots bursting from an animal corpse” (page 138). Talk about imagery!

    So what I’m learning is tree-speaking is a monster of self-loathing? Is it that way for everyone or just for Rin who feels so out of sorts with herself that she decides she is no more than a mirror and continues to act that way?

    Such a heartbreaking end to a chapter!