Top 5 Books With Multiple Points of View
For a few months now I've been thinking about joining in on the Top 5 Wednesdays (I realize it's Thursday, I'm a little late...) fun over on Goodreads. Each week there is a category and people make youtube videos or blog posts with their top 5 books that fit that topic. I definitely won't be doing this weekly, but I will join in when I see topics that I really like.
This week's topic is top 5 books that utilize multiple points of view (preferably more than 2). These are not going to be in order, because I just can't do that with these books. They are all 5 star books/series so I'm not going to put myself through that torture! Let's get started.
Without multiple points of view, this novel would not have had nearly as much impact on me. I love the variety of perspectives, from a young girl to a teacher in her 20's to an older military man to an older female scientist. We get a really comprehensive view of the situation and through their perspectives we can find at least some redeeming characteristics of all of the characters.
V.E. Schwab uses multiple perspectives in this novel perfectly to create and build tension. Through constantly flipping back and forth between the main characters, whilst adding in their sidekicks, she maintains a fast-paced and tense story. This is one of the strongest uses of multiple PoV's that I've ever read and it's one reason Vicious is one of my favorite books ever.
This book primarily has two points of view, but at some points you get to see the perspective of some side characters. What I love about the multiple PoV's here is that you get to see much more of this magical place that is le cirque des reves. Since the circus is so big, it's impossible for one person to experience it all, so the use of other characters helps to bring more context to the main storyline. They also know the two main characters extremely well, so you get to learn more about them through their interactions.
In particular the Hero of Ages has many characters in different parts of this world trying to accomplish totally different things. This seems to be a thing within fantasy series. What I love about The Mistborn series is that the characters definitely have distinct voices and thoughts that inform their actions and decisions.
Of course, you know that a list of this kind has to include George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. No one does it better. Similar to what I was saying about Mistborn, the characters in A Song of Ice and Fire are in very different parts of the world, almost completely independent of everyone else. Despite that, throughout each book you still feel as though they are all a part of the same world, with consistent contextual cues.
What are your favorite books with multiple points of view?