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.
- 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:
- 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!