The House in the Cerulean Sea
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars
This is one of the rare examples of a novel, which truly deserves the hype that was created around it.
It starts quite slowly. We are introduced to Linus Baker, a diligent worker of the Department in Charge of Magical Youths, who loves his job and memorises the book of Rules and Regulations. His role is to investigate the orphanages for magical children and decide if they should remain open or close. Linus takes pride in his ability to stay objective and detached from the kids whose fate depends on his decisions. This is about to change, when the Extremely Upper Management sends him to investigate the orphanage on the Marysas Island and its unusual inhabitants…
The House in the Cerulean Sea is not a first story about an institution for magical or special children, but T J Klune managed to create a unique and memorable story. This is achieved mainly through the imaginative cast of characters. They are all original and well-written with strong personalities, habits, background and their own trauma. I will not dwell on them, as the delightful amazement I felt on their first appearance was something I would not want to spoil for other readers.
From the very beginning, this book touches on the important topics of tolerance, acceptance, friendship and respect. Even as a faithful member of DICOMY, Linus respects the children’s abilities and problems, and criticise the slightest mistreatment.
This book is sweet and heart-warming, emotional and entertaining. I would recommend this enchanting read to everyone.