Elsie is a recognizable character with tendencies that aren’t hard to see in other people if not yourself. The author Hanna Tennant-Moore isn’t afraid to delve deep and talk about desires and needs and fears that don’t often get brought up. There are social taboos when it comes to being unhappy and sexual fantasies but Tennant-Moore proves not to be one to shy away from commenting on the uncomfortable. I enjoyed Tennant-Moore’s writing. She had beautiful sentence structure and often I would stop to ponder and savor not just what she was saying but how she was saying it.
That being said, Elsie as a character drove me crazy. She was unhappy with her self and her life and didn’t know how to fix it. That’s fine, I certainly don’t have my life figured out but she consistently ran back to the abusive and demoralizing aspects of her life. But she was self-aware enough to know what these things were and that she was doing it. I wanted to shake her. The ending was a disappointment as well. As a reader you hope for some development, some progression. Even if the issues haven’t been solved you’re shown how they will be and are given room to fantasize a perfect ending. I didn’t feel this hope at the end of Wreck and Order. I don’t think Elsie was any closer to becoming comfortable with who she was. It was disappointing and left me feeling a little hopeless.
By Emily Coleman
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Wreck and Order from Blogging for Books.