Simon Jimenez’s The Vanished Birds Review

“He wanted to warn these children that time was not their friend; that though today might seem special, there would be a tomorrow, and a day after that; that the best case scenario of a well spent life was the slow and steady unraveling of the hearts knot” – The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

The Vanished Birds is the first novel from author Simon Jimenez. It tells the story of a mute boy that is driven by music; more specifically the sound of a flute. It also follows two women: Nia Imani and Fumiko Nakajima. As the story goes on, the three become intertwined in a quest to uncover the truth about the boy and where he came from.


The Good:

  • Almost everything about this book is great, but the first chapter or part of this book surrounding a character named Kaeda was amazing. When I finished reading that chapter and realized that he most likely wouldn’t be a part of the story anymore I was sad. His and Nia’s interactions on Umbai-V could’ve been a great novel on their own.
  • The way that Jimenez wrote the interactions of characters. Like I said about Nia and Kaeda. He also wrote Fumiko and Dana just as well. Something that, normally I would be bored with, I was fascinated by and even hooked on. I think it’s the way he was able to convey that feeling of relationships that weren’t meant to last. Fantastic.
  • Things go kind of off the rails (in a good way) around the 3/4 mark. I was scared that it would disrupt what the book had going, but I was wrong. The book travels decades it seems and in mere paragraphs makes you feel that time lost and the struggles that characters have endured during that time.

The Okay/The Bad:

  • To find anything in this book that I didn’t like would be nitpicking and I would have to sit here a while to think of something.

The Final Thought:

  • 9/10
  • I was teetering on an 8/10 right up until the last paragraphs of the book where it was just so beautifully written that I just loved it. I think this is the highest rated book that I’ve reviewed so far and it deserves it. I usually love anything where time plays a huge factor and really conveys that in space time is lost in an instant and how heartbreaking that is to think about.

I highly recommend this book to sci-fi lovers and, really, even romance lovers as well if you don’t mind a sci-fi setting. I look forward to reading more from Jimenez in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Published by Jacob Fite

My name is Jacob, I'm 30 years old and currently serving in the USAF. Born in Sheridan, Arkansas, USA. I love writing poetry and stories. My first completed story, The Drip can be found here on my blog.

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