The Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

I don't think I have ever despised a character as much as I despised Maurice Swift. As an aspiring writer, Maurice is willing to do just about anything to obtain the stories for his novels. Unable to come up with his own creative ideas, Maurice relies on using the stories he sees and the people around him to provide him the inspiration.

My favorite part about this novel is the way the first half was written from the perspective of the people with whom Maurice clings onto. Through most of the novel, a reader does not get inside the mind of Maurice, but rather gathers details about the writer from those closest to him. I think this is why I despised him so much. Not being able to understand his motive, seeing and feeling the results of his despicable actions left me angry. After all the love I poured into Cyril, Maurice left me questioning John Boyne’s writing altogether.

However, John Boyne is a master of character development, and I love his writing style as well as his characters (until I met Maurice). A uniquely written story, well worth the read. I am finding John Boyne's novels are quickly becoming some of my favorite.

Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my review.