ACROSS THE GREEN GRASS FIELDS (Wayward Children #6)
Written by Seanan McGuire
Published by Tor, January 12, 2021
My star rating – 3 stars
Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.
When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to “Be Sure” before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.
But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…
I’ve got lots of thoughts on this one. Problem is – getting it all out together so that it makes sense lol. I reread the first 5 books in the series before going into this one. I knew that this one was going to be more of a standalone, so a reread wasn’t going to do me any good necessarily but, it was time for a reread anyway lol. I think that the reread harmed me in the long run though. I was reminded of all of the amazing worlds yes – but it was all of the characters that I was reminded of the most. The cast of characters in this series is seriously outstanding……. and this book had none of that.
This series starts out with a large cast of characters at the home for Wayward children. All books with odd numbers are set out this way. Then the books with even numbers follow one specific character in one specific world. All of the books set in a specific world had included characters we already knew and loved. But this one threw me for a loop. I guess that’s kind of my fault for going into it not reading the synopsis beforehand….. oops!
We have Regan, a normal girl who wants to be a part of the popular crowd of girls at school, who is suddenly cast aside when her supposed best friend realizes that she is different. When all of Regan’s friends start the changes of puberty, she asks her parents if there’s something wrong with her because she seems to be behind. In fact, there isn’t something wrong, but something genetically different about her. Regan finds out that she is intersex, meaning she has both female and male chromosomes. She looks female, acts female, and feels as though she’s female, but her genetics are holding puberty at bay.
Let me just say – the fact that we had an intersex character was amazing!!! It’s something that i’ve heard of before, but never have I ever seen it in a book. This series is downright amazing with all the diversity it contains! Trans, gay, fat rep – you name it, it’s in this series. I know that these characters have made me feel more comfortable with myself in some ways and I LOVE that so many other people can say the same thing!!!!
My problem with this book is – Who is Regan??? I mean, having read this book I know who she is NOW, but this is the first standalone within this series with a main character that we’ve never met before. Because of that, I honestly didn’t care too much about this book. I guess that there’s a reason for Seanan McGuire to do this and that reason will be explained in book 8……… but still……. I feel like I didn’t need to read this book yet. It had zero impact on my brain.
I’ve always said that book 2 was my most hated book in this series. But – after I reread all 5, the second book feels as though it made sense to me and I ended up LOVING it! So – moral of my story here – I don’t love this book now but I’m sure that as the Wayward Children series progresses, I will come back to it and have a whole new appreciation for it!!
The main reason I didn’t like this book though……. it’s absolutely designed for the “horse girl”. I AM NOT THAT GIRL! Horses terrify me. I can enjoy them from afar, and I think they really are beautiful and powerful creatures, but I was never that girl. I know that girl though….. I had a girl in my class from grades 1-8 who loved horses so much she always had her hair braided and literally galloped everywhere she went. If I knew where she was now, I would send her a copy of this book…… But the horse puns were lost on me and made my eyes roll….. sorry!
I realize that this review is a little confusing. No – i’m not really a fan of this book AT ALL right now. But I know that the genius that is Seanan McGuire will bring it all together and this will suddenly make sense. I feel like I’m the odd person out with my thoughts on this one, but I’ll have to accept that!
Until next time, happy reading!