Sally Green’s Half Bad is the perfect novel for inspiring one to despise all of humanity or fall onto the ground and weep pathetically. Needless to say, it is an excellent book.
In a world of covert witches, there are the white witches and the black witches. Then there’s Nathan, half white and half black, struggling to figure out whether he’s good, bad or somewhere in between under the increasingly observant White council scrutiny. As Nathan grows, he starts to learn that maybe the world is a little less white and black than the council would like everyone to believe.
Nathan, the protagonist and narrator, has a deadpan, muted voice. It is almost entirely void of drama and emotion as he states events bluntly and without ceremony as if they can’t truly touch him. This works perfectly for the novel, because it shields the reader from feeling too much of the horrors that occur in the story.