Title- Toby Alone.
Author- Timothée de Fombelle.
Publish date- 2008.
Publisher- Walker Books.
(A brief) Synopsis:
Toby Lolness is on the run, searched for by his own people- the people of the tree. He makes his way through the beautiful, treacherous land of the tree, fighting to escape, but to understand why he, a thirteen year old boy only a few millimetres high, is the most highly sought person in the tree, we've got to go back...
What I thought:
What to say about Toby Alone... there are many factors to it, many levels that I'm drawn to and many feelings I had as I was reading, but I do feel slightly muddled on just how to pinpoint these things. This may, on account, be a slightly different review.
*Toby Alone captivated me wholly- it was original and ingenious and felt so very fresh and readable. The time switches, explaination of other times and introductions of other characters who would soon be critical to Toby's story, these were done well and made it very easy to follow- having new things bought in kept the story really active.
*The twists of the plot were so great, and often unexpected. I didn't foresee how the story would progress. When dire situations arose I didn't question their truth or dire-ness. By the end I was still excited and full of wonder.
*The world created is so incredible (and plausible) and it felt so real, so through. I understood the way these people lived and the way they feared, and I saw the beauty in it just as I felt the fear of it. It's a desperate time in the tree and I truly feared for it just as Sim Lolness did.
*The cover is what drew me to this book and the inside didn't disappoint me on further inspection- it has green text! I didn't realise until I started reading, and it's difficult to tell when you get into and can't compare it to one of the green pictures throughout the book, but it's dark green and absolutely wonderful.
*There was the inevitable moment, 10 pages from the end, where the levels were rising and things were getting more complex, the struggles more dire, when I briefly wondered how it could be resolved in 10 pages. 4 pages from the end I accidentally turned two pages. There's a sequel. I'm excited for it.