I am currently reading the book The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. This book takes place in multiple different places but the main place the book is set, is in The Hinterland. The Hinterland is a place within The Hazel Wood which is a dark forest like area. Most of the book also takes place at night. This is shown by how dark it is and how tired the characters are at the beginning of almost every chapter. In this book, the author decides to “drag out” the night more than the day by describing more of what goes on at night.
For example, when one of the characters named Twice-Killed Katherine enters the book, the author takes up most of the chapter describing the main character’s interaction with her at night and how they avoid her throughout the next few chapters. The author will often times show how cold and windy it is as the characters are traveling on their journey throughout the book. When the main character, Alice, first enters The Hazel Wood/The Hinterland, the author describes the trees and the leaves that are there having copper like colors. This helps show that it’s Fall.
The different characters throughout the different locations and settings of this book, all have different reactions. Again, when Alice enters The Hazel Wood, it’s an entirely different place than where she lives. The setting changes Alice by not acting like her “normal” 17 year old self she is when she’s out of The Hazel Wood. She finds out new things about herself and it also changes her point of view on how she looks at other people. Alice finds out things about her past and why she “belongs” in The Hazel Wood. This is where bad luck really gets to her and her mood completely changes as well.