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Review: the Visitors by Rebecca Mascull

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I really wanted to read the Visitors, the idea of it was so incredibly interesting!

Imagine if you couldn’t see
couldn’t hear
couldn’t speak…
Then one day somebody took your hand and opened up the world to you.

Adeliza Golding is a deafblind girl, born in late Victorian England on her father’s hop farm. Unable to interact with her loving family, she exists in a world of darkness and confusion; her only communication is with the ghosts she speaks to in her head, who she has christened the Visitors. One day she runs out into the fields and a young hop-picker, Lottie, grabs her hand and starts drawing shapes in it. Finally Liza can communicate.

Her friendship with her teacher and with Lottie’s beloved brother Caleb leads her from the hop gardens and oyster beds of Kent to the dusty veldt of South Africa and the Boer War, and ultimately to the truth about the Visitors.

I mean, HELLO, Victorian England??? Ghosts??? A girl who’s Deaf and blind???? This sounded so incredibly interesting I had to read it.

But boy, was this a disappointment. Such a big disappointment. For the first half of the book, Liza was a child, and for some reason, she talked like an 80 year old woman. She was made to be “wise” for her age, but how can someone be wise if they can’t hear or see? I mean, you can’t read, you can’t communicate, so how are you supposed to learn anything? Especially in a day and age where anything wrong with a body was supposed to be shunned. She wasn’t even allowed to go outside, but for some reason knew all kinds of big words even though she was supposed to be 5? All right.

The story is also highly predictable which is frustrating as heck. Long story short: I had to put the book down halfway through because it’s just horribly written, predictable and I hated the main character because she was so incredibly unrealistic. I don’t often stop reading a book, I usually finish them, but this was just too bad and I didn’t want to waste my time any longer.

Do yourself a favour and never read this book.

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