Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Redemption Arcs — when a character who’s previously been an antagonist or even a villainous character gets a story arc which redeems them.
They might join the hero’s gang, become an anti-hero…The possibilities are endless.
So, without further adieu, I present my contribution to this week’s top five conversation.
_ _ _
Agnes Magnúsdóttir from Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
Originally introduced to readers as a servant in northern Iceland condemned to death after she murdered her former master, Agnes’ life is much more complicated than the label of murderess could ever convey. Over the course of the novel the reader is given the opportunity to see this monstrous, cold-blooded killer shift to an empathetic character who was the result of the circumstances in which she was born into.
AIDAN (Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics Network) from ‘The Illuminae Files’ trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
A crazed AI programmed to protect its fleet, even if that means sacrificing lives to do so, AIDAN initially justified its murderous behaviour as nothing more than the outcome of a sophisticated set of calculations meant to save the most people possible. As the series progresses, however, and AIDAN begins to develop a human-like way of operating, following the damage it sustained during the events of Kerenza IV, the reader is left pondering whether or not the AI deserved the fate it met or whether some other outcome should have transpired for this hero turned villain.
Holland Vosijk from the ‘Shades of Magic’ trilogy by V.E. Schwab.
An Antari from White London, Holland Vosijk was a murderous antagonist hellbent on ruining the lives of Kell, Lila, and Rhy’s. And yet, by the end of the ‘Shades of Magic’ series V.E. Schwab brilliantly reveals that everything Holland did, from murdering his brother to being bound to the Dane twins was in service of him trying to protect his people. While his methods were unorthodox, Holland’s redemption will leave even the most strongest of souls crying out in the end.
Lord Toby from Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell #1) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
A dark lord with a taste for artisanal crackers, Toby began his journey in Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell) with one goal, to kill the chosen one.
Severus Snape from the ‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K. Rowling.
This character needs no introduction in regards to a topic on redemption arcs. As the ‘evil’ potions master, Snape gave kids nightmares until it was revealed as to why he treated Harry the way he did. Out of anyone on this list, Snape’s story is my favourite.
_ _ _
And those are the top five books that I think are the best roadtrip novels. Do you have any books that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.