Jonas Trepanier reporting for the Researcher
The sequel to one of the greatest books of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, has recently hit the shelves, but does this new book hold up to the Harper Lee’s original masterpiece? Can this book, ever reach the success of To Kill a Mockingbird?
Scout returns to Maycomb twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird to visit an aging Atticus, and is struggling to deal with problems, both personal and political, in the small Alabama town that shaped her.
Featuring many returning characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, the novel is strong and has a well-developed plot, however, the novel is not nearly the novel its predecessor was. It changes many of the things we loved from To Kill a Mockingbird, and not in a great way.
Although I don’t want to spoil it for you, I will tell you that this book takes some things and twists them in ways you don’t enjoy. But overall, it is a descent novel, there is a descent plot, and it does allow the reader's insight into the characters, but some of the changes this book makes are not for the better, and the fun we loved from the original isn’t seen much in this novel.
If you read this you should also try: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Chains by Laurie Anderson.