Linger, a novel by Maggie Stiefvater, is the sequel to the novel Shiver. Like Stiefvater’s previous literary piece, this novel again shows how far people are willing to go, in order to stay with their true love. All of the main characters are back in this novel, along with a few new ones. The novel is told through the perspectives of the four main characters: Grace, Sam, Isabel and Cole. Grace Brisbane and Sam Roth are young yet they know that they are soul mates. They have been through so much in their lives, even though they’ve only truly known each other for a year or so, they understand each other better than any other person ever will. All of the characters in this novel have extremely different personalities but all have one thing in common which allows them to create a bond like no other. Sam was once a wolf but was cured from what he thought was a curse. Sam is ecstatic that he can now set goals for his future that he actually gets the opportunity to achieve; he is still having trouble grasping the concept that he no longer has to worry about suddenly transforming into a wolf at the slightest change in temperature. Sam’s doubt in the cure is shown when he thinks to himself, “I was shuddering uncontrollably with the cold, but I was still Sam” (72). Grace, another character, should have turned into a wolf but due to events that occurred during her childhood, she never shifted into her wolf form. Isabel knows the secret of the wolves because her brother died during an attempt in the last novel to cure the wolves. And Cole, the newcomer has recently shifted for the first time. He is still adjusting to his new life in which he transforms into a savage, wild animal throughout the year. Cole states in the very beginning of the book, “I didn’t know how much time I’d spent as a wolf this go-round. Was it minutes? Hours? Days? It was late morning. I didn’t feel human, but I wasn’t wolf, either. I hovered somewhere in between, my mind skating from memory to present and back to memory again, past and present equally lucid” (29). Cole knew the consequences of his actions, yet he struggles like any of the other wolves with this drastic change in his life. Even though not all of the characters always get along in this novel, they are all there for each other in times of need, and are always bonded in attempts to keep their secret from the public.
As the four characters race against time to discover what truly enables humans to shift into their wolf forms, they are forced to conquer even greater obstacles that develop throughout the plot. All the while, fighting against horrible events that took place in their past that continue to preoccupy their thoughts and impact their lives on a daily basis.
1.) In this novel, Sam and Grace continually fight to stay together even though many forces constantly arise to separate the two. Do you think that if two people are truly meant to be together; nothing, no matter how big the obstacle, will be able to keep them apart?
(2) Do you think that there are any obstacles or events in life that even true love can’t overcome?