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Book review: Below the Dome

| Gifted | YA fantasy |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Below the dome follows the story of Katchan, a skinny and curious boy who finds himself on a path of discovery. It is a very thought provoking read, it really made me wonder about the importance of stories. Katchan finds himself alone after the death of his grandmother, and runs from his village in the direction of the sun with nothing but a parchment left behind by his grandma that he can’t read. 

He longs to understand her last message to him and knows that the meaning is somehow connected to this mysterious rock she left behind. I found it a bit hard to grasp the worldbuilding, elements like the Silver city and Marikel I had to reread a couple of times. The story has a religious backbone to it and flows nicely to read, the writing is compelling and addictive. Katchan is very brave, instead of finding comfort in his village and a warm bed he defies the elder, and runs in search for answers to his grandmothers last message to him.

“He ran away to protect Grandma’s story. Even though it was safe, the contents were still unknown. They would remain unknown until he found the sunset people below the dome who could teach him how to decipher these stories 

The journey below the dome seemed in the beginning as a form of escape for Katchan, however it becomes a place for him to grow and find his strength. As he travels he comes across characters, all who have a connection to the story and I found myself eager to unravel how it all linked together. I can tell that the author really put work into this novel, overall very enjoyable!

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

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