I recently finished “And Then There Were None” and am still blown away.

 

The one who suggests evil and never thinks to right it

The one who feels adrenaline and doesn’t bother to fight it.

The one who has no empathy for another one’s chase

The one who disregards the value that other people place.

 

The one who runs over those who are below him

To one who stays away when his friends most need him.

The one who can’t fight when emotions are strong

The one who’s too weak to resist what is wrong.

The one who lacks courage and destroys to be safe

And the one who takes charge of other people’s fates.

 

 

Summary:

Ten murders find themselves on an isolated island. One by one, they are killed off, each murder corresponding to a line of the poem “Ten Little Indians”.

 

I really liked:

  • The deeper moral thoughts that ran throughout the novel. Are all murderers guilty? Do they deserve death? Are some murders worse than others?
  • The mystery seems impossible to solve, but ends up having a simple solution.
  • The whole book is based on a poem called “Ten Little Soldier Boys”. Each death is based on a line in the poem. Some of these seem either impossible to do or really obvious, but the solutions are really creative and interesting.

 

I wasn’t a fan of:

  • It took a while to remember everyone’s names and to connect each name to a particular character.
  • While I do admire how some things were hinted at and never explained, I wish we had gotten a full explanation of absolutely everything, especially some of the character’s backgrounds.

 

5 out of 5 soldier figurines.

 

 

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