“I’m home, I thought, euphoric. Home, but tired. The bull and pinyon pines, the dirt paths and log cabins, the blue, blue sky and blue-gray badlands–they were mine and I was theirs.”
There’s something terribly sweet about this series. I found the first book, Gives Light, to be one of the most heartwarming, soothing stories I’ve ever read. In the second book, Looks Over, things get a little rougher.
For a story that centers around a mute boy, Skylar says a lot. He’s been living in a Shoshone reservation with his grandmother and fugitive father. His new home, which has welcomed him back after many years, has many traditions yet to teach him. In the reservation, Skylar has many lovely friends, and his boyfriend, Rafael, who became my favorite character in this installment.
I really appreciated the beautiful, tender love story intertwined among many other important storylines. Skylar and Rafael both come from torn families and a shared tragic past, but despite all that, they have nothing but love for each other. It’s selfless and caring and passionate, and it really ties the story together.
“There are only three things you need to know in life. Who you are, how the world works, and how you can change it.”
Most importantly, I enjoyed the way so much Native American history was provided. There’s such a lack of this history, and even when taught, it’s often dismissed or wrongly presented. It’s important that these stories are told, especially told by Native Americans.
Looks Over had a lot more conflict than I was expecting, based on the slower-paced first book. Regardless, I found this book to be a satisfying sequel. I’d recommend the Gives Light series to everyone. It’s a significant and fascinating story. I’m looking forward to reading all the other books in the series.