Opening Lines: “Tell me about the numbers.”
Rating: 2 out of 5
What just happened? Have you ever read a book so ludicrous that you just don’t know what’s happening anymore? This is the way I feel with regards to The World. It’s all about a teenager called Arkin who is schizophrenic. In order to be “normal” once more, Arkin needs to go to a world where every area is named after a Tarot card. An exceptionally fascinating thing about this book is that the Tarot cards represent a perspective or an area in your cognizance. The World plays a little bit with your mind.
At first, I thought The World would be an interesting, messed up, yet amazing book. Be that as it may, my fervor began to decrease page by page. One of the reasons is the grammar and punctuation errors. It was very hard to read this book not because of the story but rather as a result of the absence of commas! There were so many sentences that were hard to follow through because it lacked a comma, period, and/or a semi-colon. I had to re-read many sentences because it was hard for me to know what was going on. I don’t know whether the author, Hansen, did this intentionally in light of the fact that the fundamental character, Arkin, is schizophrenic. Many grammar and punctuation errors make reading feel like I am driving over potholes. With a gravy-stained map.
I understand that writers commit a considerable measure of composing errors since I do it constantly (including in this review). I wouldn’t have any problem if there were a few mistakes per page, but almost every sentence had some kind of error. When there are problems with either grammar or punctuation, they do make the reader’s excursion a troublesome one.
Another issue that I had was the plot. Try not to misunderstand me, it’s an extremely intriguing and unique plot, however, it requires a considerable measure of prior knowledge to comprehend and appreciate the book. I had to search things about the Christian and Yoruba mythologies to comprehend what was going on inside Arkin’s little head.
There were a ton of issues with The World, but there were some key elements of this book that I truly enjoyed. The way that each chapter represented a Tarot card was fascinating. The main thing that I liked was how the reader could read this book as it was a fantasy book or figuratively. Sometimes I would trust that Arkin is some type of God and that he truly is talking to angels and to magical creatures, however in some cases, I would believe that possibly he’s making this magical place to save himself. Overall, I liked seeing a look in the mind of a schizophrenic. The World by Robin Wildt Hansen would be an astounding book if the author just “cleaned” the book a tad bit.