I can't express how thrilled I was to read this perceptive review by Lauren Kathryn, who is a seasoned reviewer at Goodreads.
Here's the full review by Lauren Kathryn:-
Fated and Fateless is a classic example of why I love to read.
love the fact that I can learn so much, especially concerning other
cultures, through the thoughts of an author. We had politics, Chinese
cultures and details on social classes in the late 1900's. Anyone who
knows me, knows that I really do not read historical fiction unless
something really intrigues me. It has to capture my attention and hit me
with a really hard poignant story line.
Fates and Fateless, you have entered my exclusive club. Congratulations!
the story itself concerns an array of different experiences, set across
a vast timeline. Our main character, Wendy, starts out life, around the
1950s mark, with an overall negative stance. She had a tough childhood;
her family were relatively poor and, even though she somewhat excelled
at school, she is not able to progress. Her family's need for money
keeps her behind.
Wendy learns the harsh, abrupt bluntness of
life very quickly. Her childhood love, Edward, is from a wealthy
background. Their social status hinders them. Edward and his
manipulative sister Diana, advance their life skills by studying at
University; all the while Wendy is struggling with various jobs, trying
to accrue money to support her family.
From the offset we
realise that Diana is a very harsh individual. It was clear when Wendy
was reminiscing about her childhood, and it is clear as day when they
are adults. She involved herself, and the family company, in a very
dangerous game - with Wendy stumbling upon shocking truths one after
On the other hand, you can tell that Diana is driven - a
trait Wendy also possesses. I think a few people have compared this to
"good vs evil", and I can agree. Both our female characters harness the
same traits, but both have alternative motives in life. I would say that
it is pretty clear as to who is good and who is evil!
part of this book, and the part that really stuck with me, was it's
focus on social class. As I have mentioned, I do not tend to read
historical fiction, so this was an interesting, unknown territory for
me. I was intrigued to find out how Wendy would approach these constant
pitfalls, especially considering her social class was outranked by
Diana, among others. She wanted to "step outside the box" and challenge
society, but in their eyes, had society already decided? Does it base
it's values simply due to an individual's roots and heritage? Or are we
automatically assigned as the Fated or the Fateless?
the writing and story were very engaging. I felt an array of emotions
whilst reading this book! The story was remarkable really. It delves
into Chinese culture, and mixes it with a political/business scandal.
The two, in theory, wouldn't mesh, but they do; which I think is
testament to the author's writing and imagination.