By: Sarah Gruen
I had no expectations before reading this book by Sarah Gruen. I discovered it on the New York Times Best Seller List and thought it sounded like a good premise for a story. It takes place in the United States during the Great Depression when some of the poorest of the poor ended up in traveling circuses. A situation which is bad for people but just as bad for the animals, like elephants and tigers, which should never be enslaved for our amusement.
Sarah Gruen is not only a master in developing the character of people, she is also a just as adept at developing the non-human characters in the story. This is one of the few books outside of science-fiction that I have read with such excellent and realistic non-human characters in it.
The very day I finished reading it I found out it had been made into a motion picture staring Robert Pattinson and the movie version was just being released. However, the book was so good, watching the movie could only cheapen the story no matter how good the movie.