Book review – A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Caidyn's review (1)

A Ladder to the Sky

1/5 – DNF at 38%

CW: Nazis, concentration camps, death, and very shitty characters doing shitty things

When I saw this available on Netgalley, I basically died a little inside. I don’t think I’ve ever hit a request button as hard or as fast as I did with this book. All because I loved The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I loved it so much that I read an ARC of that book, bought a finished copy, and then traded a book to get a physical copy of an ARC.

But, this book?

I sincerely wanted to love this book, especially when I realized that it has LGBTQIA+ themes in it once I started getting into the book. And, it dragged. I read in a review that the first part was something they hated and, well, I wasn’t a fan of it. I didn’t like any of the characters that were presented to me. I didn’t want to read about them and the things that they were doing.

But I pushed on.

I read through the interlude between part one and two, finding myself getting more discouraged about how these people were and what was going on in the book.

I started part two.

I decided to stop reading it.

Now, I didn’t hate this book. I thought the writing was great and that the story would be interesting if there was a set plot. Every single section had someone new telling the story with a different kind of narration. However, I did not like any of it. Especially when part two started and it was in, my nemesis, second person.

I think that this is going to be a book many people will enjoy on some level and if I had pushed myself, I could have finished it. However, I dreaded picking it up to see what would happen next. I just wanted it to be over and couldn’t imagine reading the rest of this.

So, with regret, I DNFed it. No matter how much I have enjoyed Boyne’s books in the past, this one just didn’t work for me.


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7 thoughts on “Book review – A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

  1. I loved this book. My mouth kept falling open everytime Maurice did another shitty thing. I couldn’t put it down. I was in so much disbelief. I wondered if his character would somehow be redeemed…. Anyway, a great review as always Caidyn!

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  2. I’m really looking forward to this book, I’m sorry it didn’t work for you, though. I had no idea about the mentions of concentration camps and nazis, that definitely gives me pause and I’ll go into it with that in mind.

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