The House in the Cerulean Sea
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!A 2021 Alex Award winner!The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!An Indie Next Pick!One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s bestselling, breakout contemporary fantasy that's "1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." (Gail Carriger)Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light. The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours."1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless
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"God. I tried. I TRIED. I do not like these green eggs and ham. So, on a purely technical level, I find the writing style annoying and cloying and repetitive. There’s so many fat jokes that don’t feel like they come from a place of experience. The children are whimsical quirky uninhabited shells, not complicated living beings. Nobody actually talks like this. And the horrific system (a stand-in for real-world atrocities) goes unchallenged. Everything’s fine because the current person in charge Cares. I kept waiting and hoping that Linus would do literally anything interesting at all, like whistleblow, but no. He’s boring. He goes to an orphanage for an on-the-job vacation, then goes home and files his report and comes right back. The system stays unshook. You know what book does found family, queer characters, children with complicated souls and DOESNT trod on indigenous trauma? (As far as I know, anyway.) Nothing To See Here. It’s better written, too."
"In a world were most supernatural children are put into orphanages and disconnected from society. Case worker Mr. Baker is assigned to what will be his toughest orphanage investigation yet...or so he thought, until it changes his outlook on life completely. This book easily became a favorite. the easiest explanation to this book would be a not-so-dark version of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" however still giving its own very unique story and personalities in all the characters!"