Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Wisteria has embraced her deep bond with eighteen-year-old Bach, a member of a supernatural race called the Family, despite the risk of his family finding out. Should Bach’s people discover his bond with a human, Wisteria will be guaranteed a painful and bloody death—but somehow, being together is more important.
When Bach's father, the powerful Sen of The Third Pillar, hears rumors that his son has been willingly communing with free humans, the Sen decrees that Bach is to name a girl from the Family as his intended and pledge his life to her—something Bach as no intention of doing.
Their bond is tested when empirics, an elite group of Family investigators, are sent to the Isle of Smythe under the orders of Bach’s father to find artifacts stolen by the humans. They’re to find the artifacts at any cost. Among the empirics is Bach’s old friend, the stunning Alba, who has learned about Bach and Wisteria’s secret relationship, and surprisingly accepts this. With no one else in the Family to turn to, she becomes Bach’s ally and confidant, but possibly more.
As the empirics start to take over the town, Wisteria is torn between trusting Bach and the safety of the humans on Smythe. She soon realizes that she and Bach are on opposite sides of the war between the Family and Humans, and there is no middle ground. One of them must choose a side.
I sat on this review for a day because I had conflicting feelings about it, but here I am 24-hours later and I still am not one hundred percent sure how I feel. Myopia by Bisi Leyton is the second novel in the Wisteria series. It follows what happens to Wisteria, Bach and the rest of the Isle of Smyth since the last book.
Now here’s my issue. I really do love this series; I think it’s unique, well written, imaginative and fast paced so I don’t get bored when I’m reading it. But I absolutely hate the way everyone in the book treats Wisteria aside from Coles and Bach. They have so much hate in them for her even after everything she’s done to keep them safe.
I understand how that much drama can make a story interesting and create layers between characters, but typically over time that kind of hatred fades. We see characters evolving as people and becoming more that hateful little turds. I haven’t seen that happen yet here. There isn’t a single thing that redeems the behavior of any of these characters and honestly I don’t know why Wisteria continues to risk her life for them.
I can’t tell you how many time I yelled at her while reading to stand up for herself and not let people walk all over her. It’s maddening, but at the same time I get that she’s the good guy and if she let them die just to get revenge or to be spiteful she would be just as bad as they are. Still I wish she wouldn’t just let people talk to her the way they do. She’s such a strong character, but I feel like she’s only strong when it comes to the people she cares about, not herself.
I am enthralled in this world though and I cannot tell you how much I hated the addition of Alba and I was so incredibly angry at Bach for being so stupid as to trust her. It takes a good writer to make me hate a character this much and Leyton did an excellent job creating a world where I care about the outcome.
I don’t want to give too much away, but we get some great hints about Wisteria’s past and who her Father is along with some really awesome surprise revelations from characters we never would have thought to imagine played a role. We also get a glimpse into Bach’s world and boy do I not like it haha!
I’m heading off to read the short story now, but I cannot wait for the third book in this series!
Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.
She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels, and cracked.com.