Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller is not necessarily something I might have found on my own, and I certainly would have missed out. From its description – a survivalist father takes his 8 year old girl to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that everyone else is dead – and from the cover (as is often the case – I prefer the non-American covers), I thought it might be more geared towards young adults. I mean, that premise is no darker than The Hunger Games or Divergent.
But it’s not – or, at least, I wouldn’t categorize it as such. The language is sophisticated and elegant, the descriptions detailed and beautiful. The entire story is told from Peggy’s perspective, jumping back and forth between her being back home, and the time leading up to and into the woods. I also appreciated that it wasn’t brimming with blatant drama and emotion – that’s what’s teaming underneath. Peggy – “Punzel” once in the woods – focuses on the world outside herself in order to cope with her absurd circumstances and her increasingly delusional father.
Oh, there is much I’d love to discuss, but I’d rather not give anything away!
You should definitely read this if:
- You’re looking for your next good read and can’t decide what to pick up.
- You are tired of reading the same old story over and over – this is not that.
- The Journey of Natty Gann was one of your favorite movies as a child (though, no wolf, no dog – spoiler? I wouldn’t want to mislead your expectations!)
- You are looking for books with strong female characters not focused on romance or “doing it all”.
- You’ve always wondered what it might be like to live off the land without all these modern conveniences.
Don’t read this if:
- You hate having to read between the lines to figure out what happened.
- Reading about people killing and eating cute little animals makes you squeamish.
- You have some triggers around implicit sexual language – there’s really not much, and it’s tastefully written, but it could trigger bad memories for some.
- You’re looking for something light and silly.
- You prefer your female main characters to be princesses.
Many thanks to the publisher, Tin House, for bringing this book to my attention. I did receive this book in exchange for my honest review.