Review: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
This was an interesting, and oh so creepy read, about a young man trapped in a nightmarish situation. Throw in a pair of negligent parents in there, and you're left with a book that is unsettling. The author portrays Rosa as a cold and calculating villain, who plays on all of Che's worst fears for kicks. Meanwhile, key details about Che--and their parents--are cleverly hidden in the narrative, though I felt that some of these details were hidden for a bit too long.
The novel also raises an important question about the differences between Che and Rosa, even though, perhaps, they're not so different genetically. What is it that makes one child from the same family evil, while the other is not?
Ultimately, My Sister Rosa is a compelling read about a young man faced with a near impossible situation. There are a number of twists and turns along the way that kept me hooked. While the subject matter is quite dark, it also raises some important questions and while ultimately reassuring the reader that people are not shaped by biology alone.
This book was read for the Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2020