5. What stands out?
- The author's voice stands out the most here. In the first few chapters, the bluntness in describing the way in which Avatar Houyi is captured as an 8 year old and subsequently spends his entire life imprisoned pierced me in the heart. It is cruel, inhuman, and inexplicably horrible. I was completely and utterly shocked. In fact, the narration reminded me vaguely of an episode of 60 Minutes I watched a few months ago. A North Korean man was born a prisoner of war and spent his entire life hidden from the civilized world. The psychological and moral effects of his upbringing were tragically astounding. I felt a similar vibe to the actions of the villains in The Last Avatar.