Monday, May 19, 2014

A new student review of The Arrow Catcher by Jim Mather

MezokaCapturer65 posted a new student review of The Arrow Catcher by Jim Mather. See the full review.

This book was okay. It wasn't excellent, and it wasn't terrible. It was a good story, but some portions of it seemed very disconnected from the parts that had just come before, and this made it confusing and more difficult to figure ot exactly what was going on. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was brought up in the beginning, and I thought that it would be important to the rest of the story. It wasn't, just in the beginning as a reason for Jonathan's parents to die. The rest of the conflict throughout the book is the tension between the Japanese and the Americans. I think that the beginning could have been tied a bit more into what the rest of the book would be about. There were also a lot of different characters to keep track of, and this further confused me when I was reading it. There were a lot of Japanese characters with similar names and different roles in the story. They would appear and disappear for a few chapters then come back later. It was just difficult to keep track of without writing out a list.

Overall, this book was mildly entertaining. Some elements of the story were creative and good, but others seemed to come out of nowhere and have little to do with anything else. Because of this, I'm only going to give this book three stars. Not terrible, but could have been better.