October 25, 2017 by TinyNavajo
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I had to read this for school…else I would not have read this book past the first few chapters. If that doesn’t tell me what I think of this book, then my review should.
The Magicians follows the life of one Quentin Coldwater, who is looking for a happier life than the small life he has in Brooklyn, trying to move forward with school and going to college. But something happens one day that leads him down a completely different path that shows him that there is more to the world than just going to school and being himself.
In a bubble that seals off this area from the rest of the world, there is a school of magic called Brakebills where Quentin finds out there is actual magic in the world, magic like that of Fillory, the magic world of his favorite childhood stories. And he learns that he has an aptitude for magic and has been offered a place where he can learn how to use this magic. For the next five years (literally, we go through about 6-7 years in just this ONE book), Quentin learns and grows at Brakebills, and learns that the unhappiness that he left in Brooklyn has followed him to Brakebills.
After school has finished and Quentin has graduated, he rejoins his friends in New York for a life of indulgence and excess. There is so much in fact, that he ends up hurting those closest to him for no particular reason, other than it’s what he wanted to do. Then an old school rival shows up and states that he may have found the way to Fillory. Quentin seizes on this as a way to fix everything wrong with his life again.
As he and his friends make their way to Fillory, Quentin learns that the Fillory he grew up knowing through the books is nothing like the real thing, just as life is.
This book was just so all over the place…I don’t really see why so many people like this book, though they may just like the TV show, which would make sense. And yes, this book may create an interesting world which we can explore magic in again, but I just couldn’t get into it. Quentin was so whiney, and he was never happy with anything for long, even though he got so much more than a lot of people can even contemplate in their lives. He got to not only finish high school, but go to a school for magic, explore a world he only dreamed of in books, and have so much more than he should have been given. And he was still unhappy. It was as Alice, another character in the book, states, you can choose to be miserable or you can choose to be happy. And throughout the whole damn book, Quentin choose to be miserable with everything. GAH!!!
What book have you read that just disappointed you not in execution, but in actual plot and characters? Comment below and let me know!