Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.
You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.
You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.
You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.
You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.
All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.
- The concept behind the book was neat; White Whites, Black Whites and Half Witches. The main character, Nathan was born a half witch from a White Witch mother and a Black Witch father.
- Nathan’s father was the worse Black Witch alive, he kills other witches and steals their power. I felt a lot of similarities with Harry Potter, like Nathan possibly has the ability to kill his father, who is remarkably like Voldemort.
- This one is really my preference, but I do not seem to enjoy First Person POV nearly as much as Third Person. I sometimes feel like the train of thought that comes with First Person is so dramatic or overplayed rather than the way we really think or how we speak. I had a really hard time with the POV at the beginning of the book when Nathan was in the cage, explaining how his day went.
- “After push-ups it’s just standing and waiting. Best look at the ground. You’re by the cage on the path. The path’s muddy, but you won’t be weeping it, not today, not with this plan. It’s rained a lot in the last few days. Autumn’s coming on fast. Still, today it’s not raining; already it’s going well.”
- She uses this “you should do this, you should do that” a few parts of the book and it just felt detached.
- There was quite a bit of the book I was bored. There wasn’t a whole lot of action and or climax. The climax really happened at the end of the book and then just ended suddenly. I did find out it was a series. This book definitely had first book syndrome.
- I just couldn’t relate to Nathan, I didn’t feel bad for the life he was given or sympathetic for him. I just couldn’t get into his story.