Title: The House In The Cerulean Sea
Author: TJ Klune
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Main characters: Linus Baker, Arthur Parnassus, Lucy
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If you have been following my section on the blog up close, you might know already that I’m a huge fan of TJ Klune’s books, overall his best seller Green Creek series, (here are my reviews for book 1, and book 2) but this time, I decided to try this new book, and I have to say that it overcame my expectatives a great deal, not that I didn’t have faith in him or his prose but I hadn’t read something different from him before and I have to admit that I had my doubts.
Luckily, all my fears, were unfounded. This is one of the most heart warming books I’ve ever read, reading it was an experience that filled me with joy and left me wanting to re-read it for eternity.
“The House in The Cerulean Sea” is set in a world where there are certain children with super natural habilities who instead of being hidden, are well known by population and are controlled by the state. Most of them, live in orphanages where they are meant to develop their habilities and learn to live in society when they are older. The thing is, that some orphanages, aren’t apt to have children residing, either they are not safe places, or, the masters, who have to take care of them, don’t do a good job.
That is why, people like Linus Baker exist, they are agents that work for the country and their job is to inspect these orphanages to make sure that they are healthy for the children. Linus, is a man in his forties that doesn’t feel much: he does the job without getting attached to anyone, following the rules up close, and writes reports pretty objectively. His best and only friend is his cat, Calliope and his job is pretty much the only thing he does. Not an exciting life, at all. Until one day, the state sends him to inspect an orphanage far, far away, at the end of the train line for a month. This is unlike any work he’s ever done, the kids here are special, more rare to what’s he’s used to. And their care taker, Arthur Parnassus is the most rare of them all. This is a story about a man that discovers an unlikely family in an unexpected place only to discover that that familiy is his.
Apart from the characters, the thing that made me fall in love with this book is how we get to see a man, with many prejudices and rules, change completely for being around the right people. Sometimes we don’t know what we need until we have it right in fornt of us. I also enjoyed how pure the kids were, even when the whole world seemed designed to make them outsiders, their big and powerful hearts pulled them together the world might not accept them but they had each other. That’s all that mattered in the end. Also, Tj Klune teaches his readers that change can come from the smallest grains of sand. You and me can change how people think, the harmful prejudices little by little, one day at a time.