I hate, hate, hate when I don't know how to talk about a book. It just drives me crazy. Uprooted is one of those books. It really needs to be experienced, rather than described. It's completely familiar, but doesn't do what you expect. It's traditional, yet subversive. It deals with timeless stories, but feels contemporary. Utterly fantastic, but so often, feels real.
In short, Uprooted is magical.
I saw someone describe the protagonist and narrator, Agnieszka, as a mix of Katniss Everdeen and Jane Eyre. I like that -- not only is it catchy, but it's pretty accurate. She also reminds me a bit of Belle (especially the Disney version) and Julia from Grossman's The Magicians.
Uprooted doesn't grab you like a suspense novel, where you're glued to the action, the adrenaline. It's actually more effective and thorough -- it draws you in and won't let you go through the depth of storytelling, Agnieszka's voice, the people and the world. You just want to live in those words.
On the one hand, I want to gush about this one. But it feels like this one needs to toot its own horn. Read the description, if it appeals to you at all, get your hands on it. It'll be one of your favorite reads of the year.