Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak


Wonders of the Invisible World
Title : Wonders of the Invisible World
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 0385392796
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352

Aidan Lockwood feels like he s been sleepwalking through life, each day as hazy and unremarkable as the one before it But when his former best friend, Jarrod, suddenly moves back to town, the veil that has clouded Aidan s mind begins to lift Yet what Aidan discovers is that his world is haunted by stories of the past stories that he has somehow been prevented from remembering.But visions from the past come to him unbidden, starting with an old apple tree a gnarled, dead thing that haunts Aidan s sleep, and seems to beckon to him from across his family s orchard And then there are the dreams that show him people and places he s only heard of in family stories a great grandfather on the field of battle his own father, stumbling upon an unspeakable tragedy and a mysterious young boy whose whispered words may be at the heart of the curse that now holds Aidan s family in its grip.But there s another presence lurking within this invisible world someone who has been waiting to collect on a debt set into motion generations ago As the lines between the past and the present, stories and truths, friends and lovers begin to blur, Aidan will be forced to spin a story of his own to protect those he loves, and keep the invisible world at bay.A first YA from an acclaimed adult author.


Wonders of the Invisible World Reviews


  • Christopher

    A bit biased, obviously

  • anna (readingpeaches)

    THIS IS WHAT THE RAVEN CYCLE COULD HAVE BEEN IF M GGIE DIDN T HAVE HER HEAD SO FAR UP HER ASS4.5 dobry is not a name in polish there s dobromir, dobromys , dobros aw, dobrogost, dobrowit a few others but not dobry

  • AMEERA

    first page to last page this book was just interesting and weird I don t remember if I read book like it before and definitely I wanna read like it

  • Addi • Pages Within Me

    I m going to be honest when I marked this as started reading , it was a complete lie I didn t start it until this morning I know, I know It s terrible But this book has officially brought me out of my reading rut because HOLY SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS that was a damn good story.When I started the book, I didn t really have that much expectations The very beginning dragged a little bit it felt stilted It was a roller coaster that was only chugging upward, wanting to get some excitement but just I m going to be honest when I marked this as started reading , it was a complete lie I didn t start it until this morning I know, I know It s terrible But this book has officially brought me out of my reading rut because HOLY SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS that was a damn good story.When I started the book, I didn t really have that much expectations The very beginning dragged a little bit it felt stilted It was a roller coaster that was only chugging upward, wanting to get some excitement but just sitting in potential I was worried that it was going to stay that way, and dreading it because I really wanted to like this book Then I got to about page 100 and BAM the roller coaster dropped and was roaring forward and I didn t put the book down until I finished it The story itself was so finely thought out that by the time I got to the end my mouth was just hanging open Barzak was able to keep me guessing, and I can t usually say that Just when I thought I knew where it was going the rug got pulled out from underneath me Another thing that I love about this book is that while it is full of magic and myth, a mystery surrounding a family curse, it is at heart a love story, and that element is brought forward at the ending The romance wasn t in your face, which I also liked It was natural in its unfolding and the character of Jarrod was also very likable.Barzak was also able to make me make deductions about characters in the beginning that freaking mother I wanted to slap the crazy out of her , and then have my opinion of them make a total 180 by the end.So, yes, an excellent book The story of a family curse surrounded by a veil of lies and good intentions, and its ultimate unravelment at the hands of a 17 year old boy and a player in a game that had not anticipated him, it was well crafted, beautifully written, it absolutely immersed me I definitely recommend it

  • Vitor Martins

    Wonders os the Invisible World foi uma leitura incr vel Esse um livro que tem muitos elementos que eu amo Viagens para outras dimens es, segredos de fam lia, jornada de auto conhecimento e garotos se beijando Logo nos primeiros cap tulos bateu a mesma sensa o que eu tive quando li The Raven Boys uma hist ria estranha, com uma magia diferente que o autor n o entrega de bandeja para voc preciso um pouco de paci ncia para ir descobrindo os segredos da fam lia do Aidan Mas quanto mais Wonders os the Invisible World foi uma leitura incr vel Esse um livro que tem muitos elementos que eu amo Viagens para outras dimens es, segredos de fam lia, jornada de auto conhecimento e garotos se beijando Logo nos primeiros cap tulos bateu a mesma sensa o que eu tive quando li The Raven Boys uma hist ria estranha, com uma magia diferente que o autor n o entrega de bandeja para voc preciso um pouco de paci ncia para ir descobrindo os segredos da fam lia do Aidan Mas quanto mais eu me enfiava nessa hist ria, mais interessado e intrigado eu ficava.Ver o quebra cabe a se montando aos poucos foi muito interessante e eu fui surpreendido v rias vezes Conforme as respostas iam aparecendo, eu fui ficando cada vez mais empolgado para saber como tudo ia acabar e fico feliz em dizer que adorei o final Al m da trama bvia, com toda a coisa da magia, os mist rios da m e do Aidan e o romance dele com o Jarrod que eu at gostei, mas achei o Jarrod pegajoso demais , existe uma mensagem muito bonita nas entrelinhas O livro falar sobre o poder das hist rias, e como n s podemos mudar o rumo da nossa vida quando come amos a abrir a mente para ouvir o que os outros tem a dizer.Basicamente, se voc ouve uma hist ria na vida e toma aquilo como verdade absoluta e n o busca ouvir outras coisas, sua vis o fica limitada e voc enxerga tudo atrav s de uma nica lente Ou seja, N O SEJAM HOMOF BICOS, CARALHO 3

  • Giedre

    The world is full of stories You can get lost if you aren t careful.Weird and magical plus romance Everything about this book was worthy of an A except the love interest was a bit too perfect to be true It s like the love interest was of a plot device than a fully fleshed out character, if that makes sense Anyway, I found that one aspect mildly frustrating.

  • Fatma

    well, that was incredibly underwhelmingI hesitate to say that I enjoyed this at all, to be honest Barely anything from this novel stood out to me The characters either had no personality I legit can t remember a single thing about Aidan or one single trait that defined their entire personality Aidan s mom is the I Need To Keep Secrets From You To Protect You character and Jarrod is the Aidan Is The Air I Breathe character Secondly, the magical realism storyline was just painful to read All t well, that was incredibly underwhelmingI hesitate to say that I enjoyed this at all, to be honest Barely anything from this novel stood out to me The characters either had no personality I legit can t remember a single thing about Aidan or one single trait that defined their entire personality Aidan s mom is the I Need To Keep Secrets From You To Protect You character and Jarrod is the Aidan Is The Air I Breathe character Secondly, the magical realism storyline was just painful to read All the talk of We Are the Only Ones that Get to Tell Our Stories was so cliche and didn t at all have the effect that I think Barzak intended it to have I may or may not have rolled my eyes on several occasions reading about it view spoiler Also, there was a scene where the character s dad dies and he forgets about it literally a chapter later hide spoiler I was really looking forward to reading this, but sadly it was a huge disappointment I skim read most of it, and at this point I m just glad it s over

  • Kim

    I seem to have an affinity for those books which are magical and strange and not entirely definable Sitting down to the write this review, it occurs to me how difficult it is to describe this book I can tell you what it s about, but to describe the experience of reading it almost makes me feel like I ve had a spell cast on me myself There is a palpable sense of unreality throughout as Aidan journeys to unravel the mysteries of himself and his family.Aidan can t remember entire swaths of his l I seem to have an affinity for those books which are magical and strange and not entirely definable Sitting down to the write this review, it occurs to me how difficult it is to describe this book I can tell you what it s about, but to describe the experience of reading it almost makes me feel like I ve had a spell cast on me myself There is a palpable sense of unreality throughout as Aidan journeys to unravel the mysteries of himself and his family.Aidan can t remember entire swaths of his life and he doesn t even realize it He drifts along as in a fog, feeling barely there at all Until the day an old friend comes back into his life and lost memories begin to shake themselves loose from their bindings But who bound Aidan s memories, and why On the surface this book is about a teenage boy navigating the typical contemporary issues of identity and self It s about that below the surface, too It takes place in the real world, but is also part paranormal, part fairytale The invisible world of the title is always lurking at the edges of Aidan s consciousness, lying in wait to draw him in Wonder is also in the title and is appropriate as the novel is imbued with it The writing is gorgeous Even in the midst of a very ordinary contemporary scene, it s impossible to forget the magic woven into the fabric of the story.Find the rest of my review at The Midnight Garden

  • Stephanie

    Storytelling as a superpower is my jam

  • Lelia Nebeker

    Aiden Lockwood is missing some memories When his former best friend Jarrod moves back to town, he helps Aiden try to piece together their history and find out why he can t remember his unique ability to reach across the veil of time and space Aiden suddenly becomes immersed in a strange world of magic, secrets, curses, and harbingers of death all part of his complicated family history Christopher Barzak weaves together Aiden s journey of self discovery with historical flashbacks, all while Aiden Lockwood is missing some memories When his former best friend Jarrod moves back to town, he helps Aiden try to piece together their history and find out why he can t remember his unique ability to reach across the veil of time and space Aiden suddenly becomes immersed in a strange world of magic, secrets, curses, and harbingers of death all part of his complicated family history Christopher Barzak weaves together Aiden s journey of self discovery with historical flashbacks, all while maintaining the delicate balance of magical realism This is mostly thanks to his otherworldly prose, which seeps, slithers, and tangles you up like ivy Wonders of the Invisible World is truly a wonder in itself