Review: The Golden Compass — Philip Pullman

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To Go: 8

Book List
91. Call Me Russell — Russell Peters
92.  The Golden Compass — Philip Pullman

Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle — a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.

Ah, finally the 92nd book is done. And I’m about a book and a half behind what I should be right now; blame exams.

At any rate, this is a book I have to say I’ve read before, though I never read it fully. When I bought it I was much younger and the part of the book where Lyra is about to be separated from her daemon, Pantalaimon, was horrifying to me. There were tears, and this from the girl who has a heart of stone. Obviously I didn’t read to the end of the chapter and find out that, SPOILERS, she’s rescued just in time; I put the book down instead, and didn’t touch it for years.

Anyway, from what I understand The Golden Compass is technically classed as a young adult book, and I have to admit that really surprises me: the material is darker (haha, get it? His Dark Materials. I’m so clever), and a lot more complex, than what you would typically expect to find in a teen book. I was really impressed by it overall, and especially by the twist that revealed the mysterious Dust to be essentially a physical manifestation of original sin. As I said, not many YA novels have that kind of depth and it made the book really unique and much more interesting.

Also: Lyra Belacqua is a kick-ass protagonist, at only twelve years old. That girl is such a sweet-talking little shit. I loved her. And I do hope to continue with the other two books in the His Dark Materials trilogy in the new year.

Next book: I wish I hadn’t read all my short books so that I’d have something I could get through quickly. As it is, I have no idea what I’ll be reading next.

Other relevant information: Wordpress says this was my 100th post. While it is not my 100th book, it’s also another cool milestone.

– Kelsey

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Golden Compass — Philip Pullman

  1. YAAAAY 100TH POST! Also, I’m glad you made it through this time, haha. I remember the first time I read it, it took me forever to get into, and yeah, it is super dark for a kid’s book, but really I think it’s in line with a lot of other books in the same fantasy genre thingy. I’m so articulate. 😛

    You should read some Sweet Valley High books or Babysitter’s Club. 😀 You can get them from the library and you should be able to knock them out in a day.

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