Blurring the line between reality and fantasy, Skellig, by David Almond, is a heartwarming tale about an ordinary school boy, Michael, finding an extraordinary, half-human creature in his garage. Together with his newfound friend Mina, Michael establish a bond with the strange creature while worrying about his ill baby sister.
Skellig is a fantastic, but quite bittersweet book that left me thinking about how extraordinary the world around us really is. Michael, to me, seems like quite a real character, in the real world, dealing with real problems. This seems to make us, the readers, care more for the character, since it is a situation that we could probably all relate to. In the book, Skellig seems to be the only thing that is really abnormal or extraordinary. It is this that changes Michael's story from normal to abnormal, ordinary to extraordinary.
However, a thing that I dislike (but in a way liked as well) is how the ending is bittersweet. While most endings of stories could be classified as either good or bad endings, this ending seems to be right in between, but maybe closer to the good side. The ending leaves you imagining what might happen next to the characters, and what they would do, since the end of the book is more of like a new beginning for them. The ending gives you a mixed emotion, which, for me, is quite troubling.
I would recommended Skellig for people who are aged 11 or above, even adults. Although Skellig is a children's story, I think that the older you get, the more you understand the story of Skellig and any symbolism throughout the book. People who are a fan of realistic fiction and heartwarming/bittersweet tales would also find this book very entertaining, but I think everyone would be able enjoy this book when they read it.
Rating: 4 out of 5