The Tower of Blue – Eric Locsh

Hello on this rainy Monday!

Spring is just around the corner here in Trondheim and the snow is almost melted. It will take a little while before it is all gone, but we’re getting there! On my way home from my boyfriend yesterday I finished another book. The Tower of Blue is written for teenagers and young adults, and sadly I was a little too old for the intended audience. Either I’m too old or I’ve damaged my own imagination, I think its a little bit of both *sad sigh*. The synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads.

For his entire life, Arnold Blue has been kept sheltered from the world around him. He has no hobbies, no friends and isn’t particularly close with his family. Instead, he spends most of his time daydreaming of being someone else, a person brave enough to make new friends, try new things, or even approach girls. All of his shortcomings will be rendered meaningless however, when Arnold uncovers a terrible truth that hits very close to home. It leaves him questioning everything he thinks is real and ignites a fire inside him. Feeling angry, bitter, and confused, Arnold runs away and embarks on a journey to discover the world for himself. Along the way, he will travel alongside the Tower, a fifteen-foot tall collection of everything he and his family have ever owned. His struggle to coexist with the Tower, his only means of support in an unknown world, will test his resolve to let go of his bitter past and move forward. On his epic journey of self-discovery, Arnold will have to confront his old memories on the way toward a better future, and decide what, if anything, is worth holding on to in his new life.

Set in a contemporary fantasy world, The Tower of Blue is an eccentric story for anyone who has ever struggled to find their voice or felt like it didn’t matter. It explores themes of fractured family dynamics, growing up alone, and letting go of old beliefs.

The Tower of Blue is a curious book. It reminded me of the books I read as a child. You know the ones where nothing makes sense, but it makes sense because a child’s imagination has no limits. I have lost some of that imagination, but I was still curious about Arnold and his journey. In some ways, I believe I’m not quite the right kind of reader for this book because my childhood was very straight forward and easy. I’ve never struggled too much with who I was, where I was supposed to go, or what I was supposed to do. The Tower of Blue is truly a book for people who have struggled to find their voice, and I wasn’t quite able to understand what Arnold’s voice wanted to say at all times which is why I think I didn’t get the story the way it is truly meant to be told. I could sense that there was stuff going on underneath the storyline that I wasn’t quite able to grasp. If that’s because I’ve had an easier childhood or because my imagination isn’t vivid enough is hard to say, but I believe it’s a little bit of both. I could relate to some of Arnold’s feelings, naturally, because we’ve all grown up, and we’ve all been confused sometimes during our teens. However, there were certain parts of the book I felt more connected to than others and that was such a great feeling! Locsh was able to portray feelings and thoughts that go through a teenagers head and make them relatable to the reader during Arnold’s travel. It is done in such a clever way you don’t even realise it before your own thoughts have started to spin around, relating and remembering things from your own teenage years. This is what I enjoyed the most while reading the book, because it made me feel connected to the character, and that is always amazing!

The Tower of Blue is not a thick book, neither is it hard to read. I got a little Lord of The Rings feeling when I read it. Sadly it’s lacking an evil mountain and orks, but The Tower of Blue is the story about a journey where you can’t quite see the end, a little bit like Sam and Frodo’s. The language is simple with straight forward sentences, however, I fell off the wagon a few times when a new chapter was starting. Sometimes the story would do a little jump and the new chapter didn’t start where the last one ended. This is semi-normal for chapters, but there was a couple of times where I had to check if I’d skipped a few pages just to make sure I wasn’t skipping ahead or skipping something important that could connect the story to where the last chapter ended. A younger audience may not think about this as much as I did, so again, I believe I’m a teny tiny tat too old, or without enough imagination, for the book *sad sigh*.

If your child or you yourself, like strange books set in a contemporary fantasy world then give The Tower of Blue a go! What it may lack, in my opinion, in action it will cover up for in brain activity. I think this is Locsh strongest talent in this book, that he makes his reader think, remember, and relate personal experiences to those experiences Arnold encounters on his own journey. Who knows, maybe you get a new take on your own thoughts, memories, or experience?

I’m very glad I got the chance to read The Tower of Blue, and I’ll make sure to recommend it to people I believe will find it interesting! I have already started haha. Even though this wasn’t the perfect reading fit for me I think it is important to read those stories too. It gives you the chance to try something new and maybe see stories from a different perspective than you normally do.

Published: 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Theme: Self-development, faith, family, loneliness

– The Book Reader

 

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