It’s currently the second week of the reread campaign for The Reader (try saying “reread of The Reader” 10 times fast), so I wanted to share some of my favorite things about the imaginative world in this series. I reviewed The Reader last year and thought the worldbuilding was definitely my favorite part! The sequel is The Speaker and will be released on November 7th.

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book–a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and discover what really happened the day her father was killed–and punish the people responsible.

Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader. An All-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog.


What I Loved About the World:

  1. Books are actual MAGIC. Enough said.
  2. There’s this awesome ancient library and so many wonderful quotes about books & reading woven throughout the story. Seriously, if you’re a bookworm you will be all over this world.
  3. PIRATES! Ok, so the pirates were kind of more like sailors instead of your typical sassy Jack Sparrow type, but still… people on ships. I am sold.
  4. The gorgeous forest settings. If you follow my other reviews you probably know how much I adore scenes were the characters camp out in forests or walk around pretty areas (like in Shadowfell or Ever the Hunted).
  5. Secret societies & assassins! This world had pretty much every element I love… books, castles, swords, libraries, princes, forests, magic. The secret societies and assassins sealed the deal.

Week One
October 16 – Bette’s Pages – Review with photos
October 17 – AEROU – Review
October 18 – YA Wednesdays – Moodboard
October 19 – Boricuan Bookworms – Booktube Video
October 20 – The Blonde Bookworm – Review
October 21 – Across the Words – Playlist
October 22 – Eastern Sunset Reads – Creative

Week Two
October 23 – FlyLeaf Chronicles – Review
October 24 – ButtermyBooks – Review
October 25 – Ex Libris – Review
October 26 – Good Choice Reading – Promo Post
October 27 – Love Is Not a Triangle – Review
October 28 – A Page with a View – 5 favorite things about that world
October 29 – Dazzled by Books – Review with Bookish Candle

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