What the heck is it about? Here’s how Goodreads breaks it down:
Eight-year-old Murgatroyd Floyd doesn’t fit in—not as a blue-eyed blonde living in Singapore, not in school, and certainly not with his aloof expatriate parents, who seem determined to make his life even harder. Unbeknownst to him, there’s a reason why he’s always the odd boy out: he is an Oddfit, a rare type of human with access to the More Known World, a land invisible to most people. Yet unfortunate circumstances keep Murgatroyd stranded in the Known World, bumbling through life with the feeling that an extraordinary something is waiting for him just beyond reach.
Seventeen years later, that something finally arrives when a secret organization dedicated to exploring the More Known World invites Murgatroyd on a mission. But as the consummate loser begins to grow into the Oddfit he was meant to be, the Known World becomes bent on exterminating him. For once in his underachieving life, will Murgatroyd Floyd exceed expectations and outsmart those trying to thwart his stupendous destiny?
My rating: 10/5 stars
Yes, another 10/5-star book, and yes, I’m willing to physically fight anyone who hates this amazing novel. Logically, I know books are super subjective and it doesn’t actually make someone a bad person for not enjoying this, but on the other hand…
The writing in this is phenomenal. I’d have loved the story and characters even in the hands of someone less skilled with prose, but damn, Tsao knocked this one out of the park. It has a literary bent to it that might be off-putting to some, but if you’re open to books that aren’t run-of-the-mill, you’ll love this. (And if you don’t, never tell me.)
The things Murgatroyd’s parents put him through make what the Dursleys did to Harry Potter seem tame, but the style of the narrative turn what could be a painful read into something much softer, without defending the horrible actions of the antagonists. The narrative mirrors the way Murgatroyd himself sees the Known World–with an abundance of love.
It’s an enchanting read, and I wish I had a time-machine so I could skip having to wait for the rest of the series.