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The Nest by Kenneth Oppel


the nest

RATING: 🌕🌕🌗🌑🌑

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 256


“‘Yes’ is a very powerful word. It’s like opening a door. It’s like fanning a flame. It’s the most powerful word in the world.”


A boy named Steve has a baby brother who is sick. His parents are in the hospital with the baby most of the time to find a cure for the baby’s condition. All Steve wants is for his brother to be healthy like normal babies. Then one night, he has this weird dream about an angel who told him that they can help him cure the baby and all he need to do is say YES and they would cure the baby. Thinking that it was all a dream, Steve said yes. And soon he figured out that it is not a dream, and he is not talking to an angel but something else.




This is by far the weirdest book that I have ever read. I’m not a fan of the plot. The story doesn’t make sense and things are not well explained. I’m still confused about the offer of those “angels”. Why would they want to cure babies that are sick? What is it for them? Ans why of all people did they choose Steve? There are other people who have a sick baby, why Steve? What’s so especial about him other than he is a child?

I’m also not attached to the characters, to Steve and his family. I didn’t feel any sympathy for their situation. I know that the story is from the boy’s point of view of the situation about the baby, but I’m looking for something in the story that would hook me and that would make me want to reread it. I wish the author would have explained what is up with these “angels” and why would they do such thing. I have a weird assumption at the end of the book about Mr. Nobody, who is another character in the book that is not well explained who the heck is he and why is he helping Steve (Oopps! Sorry for the minor spoiler.)

I’m rating this book 2.5 to 3 out of 5 stars. You should still check this out, maybe you would like it more than I do, or maybe not. Who knows? But I guess I’m just not into this kind of story.


A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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