The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The next step for pride readings is The house in the Cerulean sea through TJ Klune, an enchanting modern fantasy about the dangers of preconceptions and the joy you can find in life if you let go of what you think should be and embrace this could to be.
The house in the Cerulean sea is the story of Linus, a social worker for the department in charge of magical youth, who is chosen for a very special assignment – to investigate an orphanage essentially in the middle of nowhere, where DICOMY sends its more “extreme” cases. . (For example, the Antichrist.) It will be Linus’ job, during his month on the island, to bring back absolutely everything he can learn not only about the children but also about the master of the orphanage, Arthur.
Linus is all too relatable as the protagonist. He’s older than he’d like, heavier than he’d like, stuck in a chore job. He lives in a small house with curious neighbors and a cat who doesn’t really like him, and his only real source of joy is in his records and his sunflowers. I mean, aside from the sunflowers, Linus could be me.
The mission entrusted to him turns his life upside down, as he is forced to leave his comforting routine (although destructive to the soul) and to venture into the unknown, with children deemed dangerous, in a place far from any place it is. summer. I think anyone can relate to the fear and uncertainty of taking a new direction in their life, especially as they get older. When I was 25, I moved to New York City with no job, no place to live, and $ 2,000 in savings. I don’t think I could do something like this now, so I have a lot of respect for Linus’ situation.
During his investigation, Linus must confront his preconceptions about magical creatures, realizing that he doesn’t know as much as he thought he did, that what he thought he knew might be wrong, and that the rules and restrictions involved in the governance of magical creatures may not be in everyone’s best interest. Linus’ growing attachment to the children in Arthur’s care leads him to assert himself more, to stand up to the bigotry children face in the neighboring village.
The house in the Cerulean sea is so incredibly charming. Every character is charming and endearing (except the ones who aren’t), and you’ll start to support them all. This book is a fantastic look at examining your own prejudices and prejudices, and uses magical children as a not-so-subtle metaphor for children of other races, religions, or sexualities. Even though Linus is still terrified of little Lucy (short for Lucifer), he is appalled at the behavior of others, because after all, he is just a child.
It’s also a book about the importance of living the life you want, and not just the life you expect. It’s about finding the place to which you belong, even if it is not at all where you imagined it to be. Linus spends the entire book fighting his feelings, trying to convince himself that his stay on the island is temporary. The older you get, the harder it is to turn your back on everything you’ve known, so Linus’ struggle is something I could strongly identify with.
If you are looking for a gentle read, I highly recommend this book. Even with the looming threat of the orphanage closing and the loss of the children in the system, there is never really a fear that something bad will happen to them as you can tell from the cheerful language. and vivid descriptions that this book will have a happy ending. And I think, especially during Pride Month, we could all use more queer stories with happy endings.
The house in the Cerulean sea by TJ Klune is published by Tor Books and is currently available wherever books are sold.
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Author: Jamie sugah
Jamie holds a BA in English with a specialization in Creative Writing from Ohio State University. She has self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available on Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York with her demon ninja vampire cat. It covers television, books, movies, cartoons, and conventions in the New York area.
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