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Both incredibly confusing and incredibly creative, this is a book like no other.
One thing that I can say about White Space is that it's a major contender for the most confusing book I have ever read. Literally until the halfway mark (and this book is quite a hefty one), I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Constant point of view changes with incredibly short chapters and very random unexplained events had me in a state of perpetual confuzzlement.
However, another thing I can say about White Space is that it's a major contender for the most creative book I have ever read. When the truth about the earlier confusing events is revealed, just...wow. The premise behind the story is incredibly compelling.
It is sort of like Inkheart, as you may have gathered from the blurb (if you've read it. If you haven't read it, don't. It's better to go into it without reading the blurb because it's kind of spoilery) and also somewhat like Inception (a book within a book? haha) but really, I think I'd class White Space in a category all in its own- both frustrating as well as enthralling to the last word- this is a book like no other.
Honestly, it's difficult to review this book properly, and that's mostly because of how differently I view the first half of the book compared to the second half. I, quite frankly, really disliked the first half. If I were to rate the halves separately, it'd get 2 stars, simply because I had no idea what was happening. The only reason I kept reading was to see whether things would finally be explained. And, man, was it worth it. The second half is incredible. Anyone who reads this book thinking that the beginning is crappy, I really urge you to persevere with it, because the second half is completely worth it. I really don't think I've ever read another book where the second half has changed my opinion of a book so drastically.
Well, I've said pretty much nothing about the actual content of the book in this review, and I think it's for the best. This is one book that is best read while knowing hardly anything about it. Stick with it, because it's truly worth it.