DNF Chronicles: Above

DNF Chronicles: AboveAbove by Leah Bobet
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on April 1st 2012
Pages: 368
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Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe’s history and the shadows’ attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.


Once upon a time, the phrase DNF (Did Not Finish) was not in our vocabulary. But with reviewing, comes those unexpected reads that simply do not click. These unfortunate DNF reads are cataloged within the DNF Chronicles.

Even though we did not click, we hope that you will still give any of the books featured a shot.


Read to: page 160ish of 368


The Final Straw:
Above is a book that I bought solely for the cover. Girl with wings… in the forefront is this gloomy looking city. It seemed to have my name all over it.

It is really hard for me to quit a book. Believe it or not, there are quite a few factors that really push me to that point. And honestly, I was so disappointed when I realized that Above was going to be a DNF for me.

Above did something that few books do… make me excited for a male POV. Right away, I loved Matthew. He was engaging, and I really enjoyed his prospective. But his speech and Bobet's writing were too jarring for me to really take in everything else that I was reading.

Bobet's writing is quite original. Now, I enjoy originality as much as the next person, but when I feel like I am fighting my way through a book, then it gets to be just a touch too much. As for Matthew's speech, it was like something out of a period piece. It has that certain Victorian era, British street urchin vibe to it.

Re-Try-Ability: Level 1.5
AKA: Where we freely admit that a book's inability to be finished could lie solely at our feet. We are all moody readers after all. 

Re-Try-Ability is classified into five levels. The higher the level, the more we would be willing to give the book another shot.

Above is one of those reads that I really, really hate to admit defeat on. Ever since I had heard about this book, I have been waiting for its release so that it and I could get to know each other. 

But often times with a writing style that is so different, it take a certain type of reader to fully appreciate it. While the writing style and I did not mesh well, I can say that I truly appreciate the story that Bobet was telling: discrimination from the monster's prospective. I just wish that the speech had been a little toned down, if that makes any sense, so that I could appreciate everything else that Above had going for itself.

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One response to “DNF Chronicles: Above

  1. What a pity because the cover is so pretty and the plot looked interesting. I hate when I can’t finish a book but sometimes it’s necesary.

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