A Book Review: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is the story of survival—but not your typical survival story. It’s a story about love, but also, not a love story.


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Because of that, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I loved this book for the raw emotion, and I hated this book for the raw emotion. Clearly, emotion is hard for me. J

Okay, but for reals. I picked this book from the list because it was about Russia. Russia is kind of a big deal right now—first, the Sochi Olympics earlier this year, then the whole invasion of Ukraine thing. I thought this book might help me to have a better world view of that. And in some ways it did. Really, I learned about what people do to survive. I read about loving so deeply and caring so much and using it as a coping mechanism when all is crashing down around you. I learned that love leads to betrayal in the darkest of times. I learned that caring about people and caring for people can be two completely separate things, but in the end they’re the deepest connection we have.

Overall, I liked this book I think. There was a little bit too much (and by that, I mean a lot too much) sexual content for my taste—but like I said, I really didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked this book.

I’d give it 3 stars, and a PG13 rating.



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