No, this is not the book about the making of “The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes, though they share the same name. This is a new book! About wishing!
The Basic Premise:
Eldon is a teen living in Madison, a very small city in the middle of the Mojave desert. Probably in Nevada. The town is known for nothing remarkable except as a pit stop to Area 51 for…you know, people who are into that sort of thing. And the city of Madison tries very hard to keep it that way. Because Madison has a secret: at 18, every citizen of the city gets to make one wish, and it comes true. And Eldon’s wish is only a month away.
The story revolves around Eldon, who is Going Through Some Stuff and no longer knows what to wish for. While trying to sort out what his wish should be, he interviews several people in Madison about what they wished for and whether they regret their wish. The majority of the book is written from Eldon’s point of view, interspersed with flashbacks to other people’s wishes from a more omniscient narrator. However, since we see everything through Eldon’s eyes, his anger and regret at recent events heavily color how the world is shown. It took me about halfway through the book before I realized Eldon was not a completely reliable narrator for an unbiased perspective on things.
I liked this book a lot more at the beginning than at the end, but it wasn’t a bad book. I wanted a more surprising end with a more profound statement. But it was still Nice. It’s a book I would recommend you and all your friends reading so you could argue about choices made. It’s a great book to talk about; lots of Eldon’s decisions will incur Opinions from the readers, and what’s better than that? And, of course, it brings up the questions about the choices you would make. In particularly, what would you wish for if you could have one wish?
Me, it would be that my socks would always be dry when I’m wearing them.
3.5 stars. Solid writing, interesting premise, a good book to yell at when you disagree with the main character.