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512 pages, Hardcover
First published October 1, 2019
The story was cute but I was more interested in the history part than the characters themselves. My biggest issue with this book is that we have too many points of view which was annoying when listening to the audiobook since they're all read by the same person. I did not see the necessity of so many perspectives either. I had a difficult time keeping up with the multiple povs at first and somewhat made me disconnected from the characters. Maybe if the chapters weren't so short it would've worked better for the story... because just when I barely get used to a character (and not the main two; Ana and Daniel), the book moves to another person.
Other than that, The Fountains of Silence was interesting and I'm glad I finally read it. It was certainly better than I expected. It was too romance-heavy for me but I didn't mind the MCs so it was okay. I'm going to read Salt to the Sea for sure now. I didn't know if I'm doing to read it but Sepetys is a talented writer and I like her style.
"The history hasn't written itself yet, Matheson. But you're capturing it as we speak with your photos."
"It's impossible for outsiders to understand. There is a tension that exists between history and memory, señor. Some of us are desperate to preserve and remember, while others are desperate to forget."
"When captured at the right moment, truth reveals itself to the camera."