It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like it, but sometimes, there’s this book. A book that is SO beautiful that you just know it will haunt you for some long time. I had heard about The Accident Season for quite a time, and I have to say, it sounded, well, WEIRD. I love weird. And that cover looks absolutely gorgeous, too. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed, at all. I didn’t know what ride to expect, because the synopsis was so strange, and eerie, that I just went into the book. Right in, like falling off the cliff. Like this girl, in the cover. Falling from where? Going where? I had no idea, and I still don’t. After reading this, I’m in some sort of wonderful confuseness about it. And I LOVED EVERY PART OF THIS.
A DIZZY, VERY STRANGE DREAM…
“Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive.”
This is a story about accidents. Accidents that happens always around the same time. October is the month for that. Bruises, cuts, falls, muscles and bones that suddenly fail all of Cara’s family. It’s a month where they can’t help but be careful, and can’t help but end up broken, litterally. This is a story where, everytime I turned the page, I wondered : what is happening. WHAT is really happening, here. Or when I told myself, this is so weird. So deliciously weird. Set in the GORGEOUS Ireland, I was immediately taken away by the atmosphere of the country, the fields, the rain, the riverbeds, the houses right next to each other, the brick houses of Galway, the walking to school rides, the haunted houses and big gates. I drank all of the pages of this book like I had been thirsty for a billion days. In the synopsis, you’re not given much to go with : there are accidents, there’s a family, are they cursed? Is this real, is this a contemporary, or a paranormal story? This is a book that will constantly keep you guessing. And that’s what’s so good about it. I like being challenged, I like seeing the events unfold, and asking myself, but, WHY. The Accident Season offers the perfect challenge, because the writing just flows perfectly. There are some quotes, and some words that will just stay with you as you read it, and some others that will make you wonder. I was hooked on the writing, on the story that made me wonder at every page I turned. The whole time I was reading, I felt like I was in a dream, and when I caught a break, I felt a little dizzy.
…WITH VERY REAL AND CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
“Maybe it was something inside us; the mysterious something that connects every bone of our spines, or that keeps our teeth stuck to the insides of our mouths. Maybe it was something between us; something in the air or in the flames that wound around us.”
I know what you might be thinking : if you’re reading like you’re in a dream, then HOW can the characters feel real? Oh, trust me, they are. I loved the fact that, despite the strange atmosphere that the book is settled in, despite the fact that I kept on wondering what was happening, I could absolutely relate to the characters. They remained a pillar in my reading. Cara, especially, the main character. I was driven by her thoughts and her wanting to know the truth. I felt very close to her. She’s not a complicated character. She’s a teenager. She has flaws, she’s jealous, she’s confused, she’s asking for things that aren’t possible and wondering about the world and the people around her. I could relate to that. Most of all, I really loved the fact that, in this real world filled with strange events, there was this group of people I could get attached to. Cara, Sam, Alice, Bea were rising above the story, above the weirdness. I loved their interactions, I loved the fact that they were close, and in consequence, that sometimes there was some jealousy involved, or some other kind of feelings, too. Their relationship, their dialogue and their way of acting together seemed genuine. I really enjoyed that.
REAL OR NOT REAL?!
“There are no ghosts; only the dust in the light, our breath and the wind in the quiet, and the feeling that something, or a lot of somethings, are watching us. So maybe there are ghosts after all.”
Like I said before, I wasn’t very familiar with magical realism up until now. And I’m really, really glad I started reading that. These little fantastic, quite unbelievable events, right in the middle of our everyday lives, left me quite dreamy. Quite confused, at times, too, sure. But it was haunting. I was Peeta asking Katniss -except I’m not a blond bread guy, and Katniss was an inanimated, bow-less book-, REAL OR NOT REAL?! The worst is, I never got the answer to my question. No, that’s not the worst. The weirdest thing in the story, is how I LIKED IT. It’s my first try at this genre, and I’m completely won over. It makes you see the world in a different way, and that’s what I love so much about books, and reading.
The Accident Season is too beautiful for its own good. It’s weird, unsettling, it keeps you guessing and makes you wonder. I was in a dream, the whole time I was reading this marvellous, amazingly written book. The characters are so real, in a world where you can never tell what’s real from what’s completely not. Highly addicting, and haunting. I will read anything this author writes next, and so should you.
Final rating: It’s a HURRICANE!
Did you read The Accident Season? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?! Do you want to read it? I NEED to talk about this book, so feel free to share your thoughts in comments!
Moïra Fowley-Doyle, The Accident Season, Published by Corgi Children, August 18th 2015.
It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?