As intriguing as it is heart-rending. Brandi is skilled at turning a slow burn into a gripping read
Brandi flies a bit under the radar. That should change with The Others, his boldest book to date. This deeply unsettling novel is not The Road or Room, but it deserves a place beside them.
It's both a very slow burn, and a can't-bear-to-put-it-down read.
The Others is a nuanced exploration of the world view of a child whose life is curtailed and limited but whose curiosity and exuberance cannot be curbed. In Jacob, Brandi has created a memorable young narrator, and in The Others he has continued, with compassion and intelligence, to explore the place of the outsider in a world that is not always as safe or welcoming as we might hope
It's a remarkable achievement, full of tension and dread, as Jacob confronts his fears of the outside world.
The Others invites readers to wonder whether a child's innate goodness can survive isolation and indoctrination and what the cost of such turmoil may be.