Summary: A long ago prophecy of a child being born in the Half World to heal the rift between the three realms seems to be coming true when a. Melanie follows her now-vanished mother into Half World, a magical limbo populated by gruesome semi-humans and characterized by despair. “Half World is a haunting combination of a coming-of-age novel and a spiritual quest, a mad funhouse of horrors and a tale of redemption and love. Wonderfully .

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Hardcoverpages. But Melanie has already been living in a half world, of sorts; it is ggoto world frequently occupied by impoverished and misunderstood children who must carve out a safe space for themselves when neither home life nor their school provide it.

It was strangely refreshing and reminded me of how put off I am by most story heroines – either they are too gifted or too annoying. With the help of Mrs. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. And not only the places are dark, but also the characters. One day after school Melanie’s mother is missing and determined to find got, Melanie ventures through a portal to a place called Half World, a world of grotesque hybrid animal-human creatures lead by a villain called Mr Glueskin, where everything is gray, bleak and ghostly; and starfish creature Melanie doesn’t have it easy she’s chubby, making poor grades at school, she has no friends and her single mother is always exhausted and between jobs leaving them worle little means for food and comfort.


I enjoyed following Gee much more so than I did Melanie. One of the first truly plain, ordinary protagonists that I’ve read in a book where they still end up being a ‘hero. Available in e-book format quite cheaply: Especially in the YA fantasy market. In order to save Melanie, her mother has made a pact with a ghastly man called Glueskin who is gruesome and horrible and sick and strangely pitiable in a way I haven’t encountered since I fell in love with Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and the delicious villains Mr.

He makes his first friend, Cracker, another alienated youth, have to defend their awkward lives from street predators.

HALF WORLD by Hiromi Goto , Jillian Tamaki | Kirkus Reviews

Wei hide spoiler ] and even a bit from the kindness of the starfish girl. Half World 2 books. The book is also peppered with drawings by Jillian Tamakiwho also did the beautiful cover illustrations. Just a moment while we niromi you in to your Goodreads account.

I also loved the illustrations created by Jillian Tamaki. Wei, the elder and mentor to Melanie who helps her get into Half World, turns out to be hirkmi lesbian! Checked it out of the library.

I liked that Melanie is flawed and human in a very satisfying way. It was hard to find the cadence and I sort of limped along through those first chapters.

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This entire novel hallf potential, but like the characters, it lacks proper development. Dec 14, Giselle rated it really liked it Shelves: Even for one such as you. Merlanie is a relatable kid who gets in over her head, gets frustrated, but ultimately shows the power of forgiveness and kindness in the face of cruelty.


Still, these are minor quibbles. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Mpierre87 rated it it was amazing Aug 13, A multi-contributor blog at the intersection of fandom and media criticism. The ceiling was hwlf high above her, for a moment it swirled like a whirlpool. Can she save her mom? Glueskin split open and a “mewing” baby appeared, I lost it.

However, the novel does not therefore resort to destroying the villains but to trying reasonably hard at empathy and redemption, knowing full well the risk that poses to the protagonists. Everything about Half World is gray and gloomy.

Half World by Hiromi Goto – A Review

And in the end, she is enough to save all the souls of Half World. I would like to have seen significantly more of Melanie’s mother, and more specifically of their relationship in the Realm of the Flesh. Catharine rated it really liked it Jan 30, Melanie Tamaki is a lonely girl shunned by her peers: The events that occurred the Half World seems to have happened in, like, a day.

Further, the introduction of Melanie’s long-lost father late in the book seems fragmented and incomplete.