Q:So, I read Justine Larbalestier's LIAR and was throughly disappointed. In the beginning, it was magnificent, with lovely prose and style, but the plot just fell apart when supernatural elements were introduced, rather unprofessional and choppy, in my opinion. I was so exited for this book, and was let down. Your thoughts?
SPOILERS for Liar by Justine Larbalestier
I understand your reaction, it was my initial reaction as well. But now I actually think the opposite, I think it was very professional because showed Larbalestier’s commitment to Micah’s character. I know a lot of readers were disappointed when the story took on supernatural elements, and I’m sure Justine knew they would be but she did it anyway because it was true to Micah.
And that’s what I admire about this book. The balls to make choices that readers will not be happy with. I wasn’t happy the first time I read it. I felt betrayed, like I was promised something and it was taken away from me. And that feeling of betrayal is exactly what you get when you are close to a liar. Compulsive liars disappoint you, mess with you and their stories are choppy and hard to swallow. Especially when the stories turn out to be true. Liar lies to you. It even lies about what genre it is.
How brilliant is that?