The Unseen World by Liz Moore

Review:

The Unseen World: A Novel - Liz MooreI have really started to love the Audible Channels. Much like the reading challenges I’ve begun to do in recent years, it brings me books that I wouldn’t have thought to read or authors I’d been apprehensive about. It brought me Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia E. Butler and now The Unseen World, read by Lisa Flanagan. This was so much more than I expected when I choose it. The description available from Amazon doesn’t quite prepare the reader for everything the book is about and I appreciated that about it.

This is a story about a father and daughter in the 1980’s. Both are unusual and rather introverted but brilliant. What seems like a fairy-tale existence for such a smart girl in the beginning soon begins to deteriorate when her father becomes ill and is no longer capable of taking care of her. Their support network rallies behind them and though life stays relatively on course, things will never be the same.

Every time things begin to seem like they are going to settle down, an interesting new revelation comes to light and the characters are rocked off course again. I loved the fairly unpredictable nature of the story, though I did see some things coming. I especially loved the way it all played out and the father’s intentions and his backstory. It’s especially his backstory that makes this unique story for me. It’s not just what it consists of but the way it plays out and the way that others supported him. It’s beautiful, really.

The daughter’s progress through life and the coming-of-age part of the story is interesting in that she is a unique character and doesn’t have typical responses to the world. I loved that it was written from her deep POV and there were cues for the reader to pick up on that left her character in the dark about what was going on with those around her. I appreciated that though she was incredibly smart, that didn’t make her extraordinarily perceptive and that she still stumbled. It brought up a lot of feelings similar to Everything I Never Told You, where there was also no specific bad guy, just life and loss and struggle and hope and family.

I loved it all and look forward to reading Liz Moore again.

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