“I just finished Evan Burl and the Falling. It was a fun read, but at times, definitely confusing. Evan Burl is a boy who discovers that he will turn bad because he possesses magical abilities. Early on in the book, Evan steals a book from his uncle so that Evan can write stories for one of the girls he watches over. However, there is a letter in the front pages of the book that says Evan will turn evil in just under a year. As I mentioned earlier, this is because Evan possesses magical abilities. Most of the story seems to have this fact set in stone - Evan will turn evil.
Unfortunately for Evan, he is raised by his uncle who for all counts doesn't particularly like him - but that might be because of what happens to the uncle's son while he is with Evan. The uncle, himself, is not a really likable character and as the story progresses, he becomes less and less likable. This is also compounded by the fact that the uncle hires two men to oversee Evan and the Fallings,a group of girls who fall from the sky and seem to be immortal, who are also not very nice and are abusive to Evan and the girls. The Uncle runs a operation out of where they live using machines called Clangers. Also, there are a few other characters in the story who are after Evan and want to either have him killed or use his ability for their own good. Everybody seems to have it in for poor Evan!
What I liked about the book was how each chapter was told by one of the main characters. Evan would speak, then there are chapters with Cevo - a man who also has magical abilities, but falls on the side of being a bad guy, Henri - one of the Fallings that Evan is specially close with, and so on. This format really does help build up the tension. The chapters would end on a cliffhanger and then pick up/start with another character. The book switched between these characters. But, this also led to the confusion for me.
At one point in the book, we are not sure if someone that Evan sees and speaks to him is really there or just a figment of Evan's imagination. We find out later on that Sapience, the magical ability that Evan possesses can send the practitioner insane - is this what would make Evan go evil/bad? I don't know, the different narrators may have confused me along the way with some of the plot twists towards the end - some of these plot twists are really cool. I will definitely have to re-read this ebook. Evan Burl and the Falling is a unique story and I would definitely like to know what happens next to these characters!”
Simon P wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013.