Published by Doubleday September 13, 2011
Bookologist Analysis:The Night Circus blew me off my feet into a whirlwind of intrigue, confusion, and emotions to then gently place me on my feet as I fainted from all of that raging through me. This book undid me; it made me feel like how no other book had before. I wanted to do it all over, but that type of intensity can only be felt from the first reading of a very unique book.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
The Night Circus was enthralling as it led me through the corridors of the magical and mysterious exhibition of feats of fantastic plot, exemplary writing, and characters of depth. While the moon was shining through all of this you could not help but feel the winds of fantasy and the unimaginable begin to pick you up and bring you to this alternate world-this universe of lovers and competitors- the inspirational Celia and enchanting Marco, the unbeknownst Bailey – an ordinary person filling a enriching destiny, or the quiet fortune teller.
The book itself was a circus within itself trying to lure you in with the tents or characters leading you along a white path. Unlike the circus however characters come in all sorts of colors not just black and white. Like the circus though some are harder to locate, difference in size, or ranging from self-explanatory to a little more explaining must be done to help you grasp. Celia led me into a road of responsibility and selflessness, while the studious and handsome Marcus wanted to push the walls till they come tumbling down. In a way I found myself a little more confused and unsettled, but in a way that made me yearn for more.
The one pinning detail of The Night Circus was that it felt like home. It was somewhere I finally felt that I could fully find myself in. I am the child wandering looking for more treats to dazzle my senses. I am Marco constantly writing and studying for no apparent reason. I am Celia trying to learn why all of this was laid on my shoulders. I am Isobel being led on with lies and white deceits from my friends. I am Tsukiko trying to run from my past trying to build a new future. I am Poppet and Widget in the background finding a way to group in a world already imagined to perfection. This plot was just what made this fairytale come to life as the characters jumped and danced from the page because they were their own beings- alive and breathing.
Where do I end in book made of charm trying to capture you in its sparkling enrapture? Gleaming with magnificent language and an enthralling story that makes you feel it all the way to your deepest and darkest core. Somewhere I found something missing from myself in this book- I found something I hadn’t in a while a true humanity in this book where selfishness and selflessness are so very close. The Night Circus is a must read for people trying to find an unconventional way to experience a new sort of book. Rating: ««««