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The School for Good and Evil #2: A World without Princes (edição 2018)

por Soman Chainani (Autor)

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When best friends Sophie and Agatha return to a fairy tale world, they find that old enemies are no longer fighting, but a war begins to brew as an enemy arises from within.
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Título:The School for Good and Evil #2: A World without Princes
Autores:Soman Chainani (Autor)
Informação:HarperCollins (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 512 pages
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Agatha and Sophie are sent back to the School for Good and Evil when Sophie makes a wish for a different happy ending. However, because Agatha chose Sophie instead of her prince, the school is no longer how they knew it. Instead of good vs. evil, it is now boys vs. girls as the girls have decided that they no longer need princes, and the princes are forced to live in the forest instead of the school. The girls can now dress as they want and are taught how to be strong and self-sufficient, but also are taught that all men are evil. Agatha still longs for Tedros and to return things to normal, but realizes that she will have to choose between Tedros and Sophie again. Agatha needs to write “the end” on a new ending to get things back to normal, but first she has to decide what she truly wants.

The book’s messages about gender are confusing. Although there are some positive messages (dressing how girls want or wearing makeup because they like it and not to attract boys), characters who do that are sometimes shown as being silly. Worse, being put with the more extreme ideas could make those positive ideas seem negative or far-fetched as well. One of the major plot issues is that it seems that a girl cannot have a boyfriend and a best friend at the same time. Gender identity is also at question, with people of the same gender kissing, although it is unclear whether those kisses are romantic or otherwise, and what the book is trying to say about them is muddled. The book series continued to have strong characters, particularly in Sophie, who is someone that most readers are likely to love and hate at the same time, although her continued insistence that she is “good” goes on for a long time and seems to simply repeat the struggle of the first book. The book has intriguing ideas about fairy tales, but the messages of the book are too confusing and contradictory to carry the book. ( )
  vivirielle | Aug 4, 2021 |
middlegrade fiction; challenging traditional gender roles within twisted fairytales (G/PG - girls and boys kissing--but mostly just thinking about it; mostly non-gory magical violence). There are some interesting gender-switching things happening here but you don't have to make anything more out of them if you don't want to (most kids won't think much about it, and the kids that do care might like it). The issue of characters being a mixture of Good and Evil (friendships and betrayals) once again takes the main stage with the book ending leaving the readers to want to pick up the third book immediately to see how those issues might be resolved. I do sort of wish the characters were more diverse, stemming from other cultural stories in addition to the usual European ones, even though that might not fit in with the setting. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I think that the School of Good and Evil books are starting to grow on me. I like the developmental swings the characters took in A World Without Princes, and I liked the world evolution in this story. I gave the second book in this series a chance because of the amusement and charm of The School for Good and Evil, but now I’m actually invested.

First, I want to address the main issue I had in The School for Good and Evil – the stereotypical princess. The diet culture and the beautification elements sat poorly with me in the first book. I felt as a culture we’d moved past all that, you know? On some level I’m sure it was self-aware (I hope?) but it wasn’t something I enjoyed reading. In A World Without Princes everything’s changed. Even though we’re falling into (again) some stereotypes, they’re fewer and better addressed… and certainly self-aware. This book is more than a fairytale with the traditional villain/princess swapped.

In many ways the plot was similar the first book in the series, but with some characters moved around. We still have the separate schools, we still have the ridiculous lessons, and we still have the trial at the end. In all fairness, I thought the twist at the very end was fantastic (didn’t so much love the part right before that, though). Chainani set up the book with a bit of a cliffhanger, but you also can make a pretty good guess as to what’s coming in the next book so you don’t need to rush and pick it up if you aren’t intrigued.

I would say that A World Without Princes is not for everyone. I have seen a lot of reviews calling out sexist language and themes in this series, but especially in this book. I personally thought that this book was well aware of how ridiculous the curriculum in the fairytale world was (and I think this was true in The School of Good and Evil as well) and so I took the school theming of boys vs. girls very lightly. That said, I don’t have definitive proof on hand that this was the intent of the novel, so read carefully before picking it up because the fairytale world is very heavy on “girls rule, boys drool” in this sequel.

My personal feel on A World Without Princes was that it was more fun than the original and it toned down a lot of the over-the-top themes that bothered me. I really dislike Agatha’s end with a fiery passion, and I am hugely disappointed in Tedros. I would like to see more of Dot and Hester. I’m going to keep reading this series, even though it’s middle grade and far out of my demographic, because I find it entertaining and charming and amusing. It’s something I would have loved when I was younger, I think, and if The Last Ever After improves on A World Without Princes, then even better. ( )
  Morteana | Mar 4, 2021 |
OHMYGOD I ACTUALLY ENDED UP SCREAMING AT THE END!!! MOST INTENSE SCENES I HAVE EVER READ. ( )
  themoonwholistens | Aug 31, 2020 |
Nachdem mich der Auftakt der The School for Good and Evil-Reihe total überzeugen und begeistern konnte, durfte Teil 2 natürlich nicht allzu lange auf sich warten lassen.

Nahtlos geht es mit der Geschichte weiter: Sophie und Agatha kommen eher recht als schlecht mit ihrem Happy End zurecht und dann stellt sich auch noch heraus, dass des einen Happy End des anderen Leid ist.... Ein unvorsichtig ausgesprochener Wunsch sorgt für weitere Katastrophen und so kehren die beiden Freundinnen zurück an ihre alte Schule, an der nichts mehr so ist, wie es war - denn die Prinzen sind verschwunden.

Da mir sowohl die Figuren als auch ihre Hintergründe bereits aus Teil 1 bekannt waren, konnte ich mich sehr schnell wieder in die Geschichte reinfinden. Sophie hat sich weiter als mein Liebling herauskristallisiert. Und dass, obwohl Agatha ja "die Gute" ist. Ich habe mich dabei ertappt, wie ich mir immer eher den Erfolg für Sophie als für Agatha gewünscht habe.

Spannend, kurzweilig, witzig und sehr unterhaltsam war auch der zweite Teil dieser Fantasy-Reihe. Obwohl ich zwischendurch ganz kurz den Gedanken hatte, dass es ruhig ein wenig schneller gehen dürfte, habe ich Eine Welt ohne Prinzen erneut vollends genossen.

Absolute Leseempfehlung. ( )
  Gesa-Marie | Aug 25, 2020 |
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