Official Review: Little Bird by Seth Chambers

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Official Review: Little Bird by Seth Chambers

Post by Supergirl1 » 20 Aug 2018, 07:20

[Following is an official review of "Little Bird" by Seth Chambers.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Shia Song can literally be anything she wants to be. If she wants to be a cat, she morphs into one. When her father wanted a boy, she changed into one. However, after a bitter altercation with her beloved father, she leaves home never to return. Shia makes her way into the polymorph safe zone of Chicago where she enters a government protection program. One of the program’s rules involves secrecy. She is not allowed to reveal what she truly is to anyone. But then she meets and falls in love with Alex, an art enthusiast. Will the government stand in the way of her heart? Will Shia ever find what she desires, freedom?

Little Bird is a fantasy novel about love, control, and a phenomenon called polymorphism. Polymorphs are not considered human, given their ability to change form, sometimes even changing into animals. While the idea of having beings that are able to literally change their looks and form is at the same time creepy and fascinating, this is one of the cool books where the alien is not the bad guy trying to snatch earth from humans. One of the best skilled polymorphs around, Shia would easily be everyone’s favorite non-human if she were to actually exist today.

Amongst other things, this story deals with patriarchy. In many parts of Asia and the rest of the world, males are favored and some parents would rather have male children to carry on the family name. China’s one child policy makes this issue an even more severe one, giving rise to selective abortion and a resulting imbalance in the male to female population ratio. Shia had to deal with this issue on a personal level. How? Read this book to find out! This part of the story touched me, and I think everyone who also believes in self-actualization will feel as strongly as I did.

This story is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time. It has it all; great flow, suspense, romance, riveting plot twists, and a very intriguing storyline. I have no dislikes with this one. The secondary characters are relatable and most of the time the heroine gives off a pleasant-alien-in-a-human-society vibe. The beginning chapters alternated between the present and the past, with the whole story coming together towards the end of the book. It also ends on a pleasantly surprising note.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It had a few errors I am willing to overlook because I believe a story like this deserves nothing less than full points. I recommend this story to enthusiasts of the fantasy and science-fiction genre. And yes, I would love to read more from this author.

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Aug 2018, 14:23

Wow! I want to be a shape shifter! This is high praise indeed: "This story is one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time." I'm not sure I can fit anything else on my to read list, but this one is certainly worthy of being there! Thanks!
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Post by AngharadB » 20 Aug 2018, 14:30

This sounds like a great book. Great review, thanks! It's made me want to read this book.

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Post by AmySmiles » 20 Aug 2018, 14:49

I'm not typically a fantasy reader, but if I were this would definitely go on my reading list, and it may find it's way on there anyways. Thanks for the review!
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Post by joshfee77 » 20 Aug 2018, 15:50

Sounds like an excellent fantasy novel with some intriguing characters. The patriarchy issue is a powerful one, particularly when you consider China's one child policy. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by Amy+++ » 20 Aug 2018, 17:34

Great review! It sounds good. I will consider reading it. I have never heard of polymorphs before I read this review.

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Post by JR Mercier » 21 Aug 2018, 12:21

I love me a great fantasy read so this will definitely be going on my tbr list. Great review.
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Post by Alicia09 » 21 Aug 2018, 13:10

I am really excited to eventually read this book one day. I recently read and reviewed The Different Kinds of Monsters by Seth Chambers and based off the fast paced, suspenseful writing in that book I would love to read Little Bird. I might be showing bias since the character in Little Bird finds it safe to live in Chicago and I'm from Chicago. Aside from that, I love the fact that Shia is portrayed as a positive character, despite her ability to morph. Thanks for the review!

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Post by daydreaming reader » 21 Aug 2018, 14:03

Shia has an enviable talent, although truth be told, changing into a boy is not anywhere on my list. It would be interesting to see how patriarchy is addressed in this book. Thank you for the great review.
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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 21 Aug 2018, 18:36

I love SciFi that includes mutations or superpowers. The original worlds that are created are so unique yet believable. I like the added factor of the witness protection for polymorphs, that is a cool plot device.

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Post by Emi_Review » 22 Aug 2018, 03:15

I love this type of genre, the book sounds very interesting on multiple levels, definitely something I'm likely to enjoy. Thank you for your review!

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Post by prhyme » 22 Aug 2018, 11:32

A free flowing review.Thank you for ever so eloquently taking up this book and reviewing it.I love not only your review but the book.
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Post by Julie Green » 22 Aug 2018, 16:27

Your review does justice to the complex issues raised in this book, but it is fun too... I reqlly like the idea of a "pleasant alien in a human society vibe"!
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Post by Sicily Joy » 27 Aug 2018, 10:58

I love shapeshifters, Chicago, and books that deal with political issues like patriarchy. I add this book to my tbr because of your positive review. Thank you.

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Post by Allyseria » 30 Aug 2018, 09:00

Thank you for your review and recommendation! I love reading these kind of books where the characters are able to morph into different animals. However, I usually find those books cliched. But from your review, I think I won't have to worry about that. :D

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