I don’t even know where to start. This book is nothing at all like I expected, but in the best way possible. It’s better than anything I could’ve imagined, even though it’s filled with topics I would usually avoid. Sport? Gangs? Not my cup of tea. The one area I was thrilled to read about was the gay romance, but (unless I’m completely idiotic) I didn’t see a single moment that hinted towards anything romantic between our main character and anyone else in the novel. This isn’t necessarily an issue, but this book was always advertised to me with that as a large part of the plot, so I was disappointed to see that it wasn’t actually a main focus.
Despite this, I loved every single page of this book. I got to the third chapter and I was sold on every character’s story and where they were headed. I’m not usually a character-driven reader at all, but the lives of these characters are so complex and the relationships are (even now) one big mystery. I still have some questions about some characters and some of the links are still confusing to me, but I’m sure as I read on they’ll become more obvious.
One element I never expected to enjoy was Exy, the fictional sport created by the author. To begin with I actually thought it was a real sport (sums up just how clueless I am), but after some research I realised it was completely fake. Which is crazy, because as I was reading I think I actually began to understand the rules and how the sport is so crucial for some characters. The descriptions of the matches enraptured me and the history behind Exy is so elaborate, it’s so easy to be absorbed by this story.
I understand that a lot of the elements in this book probably don’t make sense and are actually very unrealistic (see this spoilery Goodreads review). But this just made me love it more! A world where anything seems possible, yet is so closely linked to our world – it almost feels dystopian, except it’s too normal to really recognise much difference? I don’t know if I’m making sense but maybe you’ll know what I mean if you read it. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.
Author: Nora Sakavic
Title: The Foxhole Court
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Published: January 2013
Star Rating: ★★★★★
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