Apr 25, 2021EARRRRRR rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I love how Owens uses her background as a zoologist to provide beautiful descriptions of creatures and nature in general. It is a very lyrical and moving story. Some of the events ended up shocking me due to the great presence of the characters the story is based on. Kya is such a unique character in many ways: she is intelligent, brave, and sheltered: she lends her trust to others very easily. Her observations of her environment makes this comparable to Anthony Doerr’s “All The Light We Cannot See.” These individuals don’t feel like super perfect magazine people; instead, these characters almost feel more like friends. Narratives about the swamp ecosystem, love, and family are intertwined into this amazing work. I have mixed feelings about the plot, but the writing is just stunning!