Strange Objectsby Published 24 May 2019
The novel’s hero, Stephen Messenger, is a sixteen year old who discovers a leather-bound journal and other mysterious objects in a cave. The relics are believed to have belonged to two survivors from the Batavia, a ship that wrecked off the coast of Australia in 1629.
These relics provide Messenger with a direct link to his country’s earliest European inhabitants. In this story Crew examines the relationship between the Europeans and the Aboriginal peoples. The author challenges the reader to consider some unpleasant aspects of the European settlement of Australia. The reader is encouraged to reassess what forces shaped this nation and the effect the white invasion has had on the indigenous inhabitants.
"Strange Objects" Reviews
SORRY JUST RATING BOOKS IM REMEMBERING FROM HIGH SCHOOL.
This was trash. 15 year old me wanted to rip her hair out while reading it and did on several occasions. It's a short book, but it took me 10 weeks to finish it because of how absolutely awful it is.
Burn it if your school gives it to you.
This is the book, in many ways, that inspired me to turn my hand to writing. Utterly intriguing, completely untrustworthy, and totally compelling. Crew's blend of fiction and fact, his unreliable narrator and narrative, and his genius for resistant reading make this a work that will challenge everyone who reads it. In many ways, it's a book which helped re-shape the form of Australian Young Adult fiction writing, and which opened the door for a lot of other writers (myself included) to really take their 'adolescent' writing into to new levels of complexity and narrative depth. I'd place it among the cadre of novels which had a significant influence upon the more recent boom in 'crossover' writing.
Where's the 0 star button? This book is terribly disturbing. The worst thing is, it won a childrens award medal and so it is able to be put in school libraries without the librarian reading it first. It is completely inpropriate for children.
As a book-lover i try to see the good in most books, even if they aren't exactly to my taste I try to understand why others might enjoy them or what the authors purpose was in writing it, however when writing this review I can only result to absolute honesty and say that this book was TERRIBLE!
As I read it I foolishly searched for reason, purpose or even just an understandable plot-line but it appears to be written with none. Its unique scrapbook-like structure does not work because the whole premise feels outrageously unbelievable and at no point does the reader ever gain a full understanding of the events of the story or the book's overall meaning. The genre also appeared to be a poor attempt at Australian historical fiction mixed with an appalling Lord of The Rings like element that was added with no explanation.
There are seriously large plot holes left unresolved that just left me confused and thinking "i just wasted 3 hours of my life I'll never get back on something that made no sense". It left many questions like "what the hell was the deal with the ring?" and "what happened to the main character who basically turned out to be a murderer?". The lack of decent writing also meant that I found I could not understand how a reader would even draw their own "artistic interpretations" if that was the author's design.
In addition to this lack of logic within the story, the characters were undeveloped, unlikeable and quite frankly disturbing, making this in no way an enjoyable read. I have no idea why this book is "critically acclaimed" as Australian fiction but I would not recommend it to anyone with taste.
I was forced to read this book for my english assignment in year 8.
This book was 200 pages of absolutely no plot and nothing interesting. It was the worst thing i have ever read including textbooks and schoolbooks.
This book was so confusing to read due to the constant time shifts and confusing plot. It was way to gruesome to be a children's/ YA book.
ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK SHOULD BE BURNT IN A FIRE.