By Elizabeth Engelman, Teen and Outreach Librarian
NOTE: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO KNOW WHAT OCCURS IN CHAPTERS 22-34 OF THE NOVEL. THANK YOU.
In these chapters, Scarlett and Julian get deeper into the game and the search for Donatella. Scarlett makes a bargain for dress that ends up costing her 2 days of her life. Unfortunately, she didn’t make sure the two days were at the end of her life and finds out they are the next two days. Julian gives up one day of his life so Scarlett can get back to the game earlier. During her “death” she dreams that Legend is Julian. When she awakens, she finds her father has arrived with a stranger. As she runs from him, she comes across more tunnels and sees Dante dead and Julian standing over him.
Scarlett runs away and Julian chases after her and explains he didn’t kill Dante. She believes him and they continue on the search while trying to avoid her father. She then finds out Julian has been a part of Caraval from the beginning and knew that either Scarlett or her sister would be taken by Legend.
As Scarlett and Julian continue to follow clues and go through Caraval, her father catches up to them. Scarlett finds out the man her father is with is her fiancé, Nicholas D’Arcy. Her father tries to force her to stay with D’Arcy but she and Julian manage to escape and continue on their search.
At long last, they come across a black hole that they have to jump in. It leads to a pool of water and in this pool is a man who says he is Legend. Legend spends some time taunting Scarlett about her sister and reveals Julian, Dante and Dante’s sister have been working for him all along. He then stabs Julian in the chest, killing him.
Scarlett is devastated but then remembers the winner of the game is granted one wish and is more determined to find her sister. She gets an invitation to her sister’s funeral and knows she must find her quickly. She runs up a flight of stairs and opens a trap door.
I found these chapters dragged a little bit. It seemed as if the characters were going in too many circles or not going anywhere at all. I also found that Scarlett was sometimes very smart and aware and sometimes oblivious to obvious things, which might have been what the author was going for or it may have been for plot convenience. For instance, Scarlett has always been suspicious of the price of a trade, but suddenly she’s willing to give up 2 days of her life with no further questions?
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the chapters because there was a lot of weird things going on and a lot of important developments, I just wanted it to move faster. What did you think?
Elizabeth Engelman is the Teen and Outreach Librarian. Her desk is in the corner behind the new checkout station. She doesn’t have one favorite book, because it is too hard to make a choice from all the wonderful books out there. Ask her and she’ll tell you a few she really likes. Other than reading (what librarian doesn’t like to read?), she enjoys swimming, gardening, wine tasting, watching movies, and cooking.