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Cassandra Kindle Edition
About the Author
This book was shortlisted for the Best Fantasy Novel 2017 in the Australian Aurealis Awards.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01NB0IKRC
- Publisher : Odyssey Books (2 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 4317 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,068,521 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Early on in this book, author Kathryn Gossow had instilled into me as a reader a sense of 'foreboding'. But like Cassie trying to clarify her visions, I struggled to discern what the feeling of impending doom was about? Would it concern Paulo, or Athena, or a secret in the family, or Cassie herself? The possibilities thicken and darken and thunder down on Cassie's life like the ominous horse in her nightmares.
Cassandra: A princess of Troy and priestess of Apollo. She was cursed to utter true prophecies but to never be believed.' (Wiki)
Cassie seems like an ordinary girl who gets bitten by a snake on a farm in Queensland. Her little brother predicts a drought, she grows to be a grumpy teenager troubled by visions, she scowls at her mother in the ordinary teenage way, she worries about her great-aunt and her Poppy .. Wait a minute. Bitten by a snake? Visions? Her brother foretells a drought?
'The Snake: Some versions of the legend have Cassandra falling asleep in a temple, where the snakes licked her ears so that she could hear the future. According some versions, Cassandra had a brother Helenus. Like her, Helenus was always correct whenever he had made his predictions, but he was believed.' (Wiki)
She clumsily attempts to fit in with the cool kids, she experiments with alcohol and dope, her visions worsen. She tries to make one true friend, Athena, who introduces her to the Tarot. ('Her thoughts swirl with colour and the patterns and the meanings of the cards'. P. 77). She is keen on a boy named Paulo .. Wait, wait. Athena? And 'Paulo' .. or 'Apollo'? Didn't Apollo's priestesses use hallucinogens to enhance their visions?
'Apollo: Many versions of the myth relate that Cassandra incurred the god Apollo's wrath by refusing him, after promising herself to him in exchange for the power of prophecy.' (Wiki).
What if you could foresee people's futures, for instance, that one kid on the school bus will die of bowel cancer, another will briefly shine on the stage but never become famous? A wonderful ability, yes? What if you fill with dread but you cannot make out why. Your visions swirl without a clear meaning. The Thing happens. If you had warned people, and if they had believed you, surely you could have diverted the accident or illness or mistake from happening. Is this a 'super-power' or a curse?
This can be read as a 'coming of age' novel in that it concerns teenage insecurities and self-doubts, the cruel cut and thrust of cliques and friendships, and the tensions within families. But I think you will also soon be reading it, as I did, mindful of the big questions about fate and destiny, and mulling over the extent to which every one of one's own decisions cuts away previous possibilities and opens up lines of new ones.
Cassie is fortunate in having her grandfather and great aunt living with her and her family on the farm, because the generation gap allows for more real communication.
Her new and unusual neighbour Athena is a wonderful character, and I would like to know more about her - where she came from, where she went to - and am still wondering at the end of the book. Cassie, her brother Alex, and Athena steal the show for me. Characters I love. Yes, tears were shed ... but you need to read it to find out why!
I was disappointed in Cassie's mum and her eventual decisions, but I won't go right into that. See what you think. Cassie's perspective on that is completely convincing and made my heart ache for her - but that happened quite a bit in this book.
A page-turning, moving exploration of potential, imagination, and how to deal with everything real life threows at you.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is or ever has been a teenager. They will not be disappointed.