April 11, 2010
Book : Chains
Throughout the book, Isabel is desperate to find freedom and allies herself with whomever she believes will offer her that very gift. However, she gradually learns the both painful and liberating truth that, in the struggle against the chains binding her spirit, the only one she can trust to free her is herself.
My one criticism of Chains is the horrible, blatant cliff-hanger ending that practically stops mid thought. I thought it was a cheap plug for the sequel, Forge, coming to shelves in the near future. I mean, I would have read Forge anyways, but Chains's final page left me clawing for some closure, and not in a good way.
That being said, I would definitely recommend Chains to my higher reading level 5th graders--it might offer just the perspective change they need on life.