Review: Fallen

Fallen_book_coverBook: Fallen                   Author: Lauren Kate

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

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Gordon Ramsey has just managed to perfectly sum up my feelings toward this entire book in one single word. Seriously Lauren Kate, seriously?
This monstrosity of a book is an insult to females and stands for everything that feminism argues against. The main character Luce is as personable as a cardboard cut out and spends the entire time wrapped up in an internal monologue of self-deprecation, oblivious to her surroundings. For once I found myself agreeing with the villain, especially when she flawlessly encapsulates Luce’s non existent personality in one sentence, “In this lifetime you are nothing more than you appear to be: a stupid, selfish, ignorant, spoiled little girl who thinks the world lives or dies on whether she gets to go out with some good-looking boy at school.” I actually sat there praying that the villain would kill off this pathetic shell of a character. Luce has no self respect, moping around after some boy (Daniel – poster boy for patriarchy – Grigori) who is incredibly rude and treats her horribly. Kate’s romanticisation of an emotionally abusive relationship is sending out the message that young women should tolerate this kind of behaviour and teaches male readers that women find this unhealthy treatment appealing (and this behaviour does happen in real life but we should be challenging it, not reaffirming it in books like these).
Despite Daniel’s blatant disregard for her she wastes 400 pages stalking him. Which brings me onto the plot, or lack there of. The book takes place at a reform school that Luce was sent to for no realistic reason whatsoever. Kate’s world building is incredibly weak, as the alleged “reform school” lets the students run wild, you would think that a strict school filled with students that are dangers to themselves and society would have more security or supervision. It was a completely unoriginal setting, it even had the cliche graveyard out near the forest, and it was entirely insubstantial as Kate failed to give it any real depth.
After the 400 pages of pathetic stalking Kate finally adds some action in the final 60 pages. Unfortunately this was almost as painstaking to read as the other 400 pages because of how rushed and predictable it was.
In conclusion, here’s some advise for you Kate, if you’re going to write any more books try to include an actual story.

Cydney Harding

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