After reading the first volume of Fables for Bingo, I decided to keep going with the second one since it was available through Kindle Unlimited. Jack is working off his community service based on his actions in the previous murder story, while Snow White has decided its time for her annual trip to the farm upstate to check on all the fairy tale exiles that can’t blend in among the humans of the city.
Snow White hasn’t heard from the supervisor at the farm in some time, although she doesn’t seem to concerned yet. Rose Red is along for the ride since Snow White wants to work on their strained sisterly relationship, and while Snow White seems to be a bit slow to realize that there is something off at the farm, Rose Red quickly notices something is going on. Reminiscent of the novel Animal Farm, the pigs are the intellectuals trying to lead a revolution, tired of their second class status and relegated to the farm – out of sight, out of mind – for centuries.
I enjoyed the further development in this story, I hated Goldilocks who feels like one of those revolutionaries that thinks she is one of the oppressed people while also looking down on them and thinking she is better than them. The animals are divided, and even though some of them are obviously bad, I was still upset about the sides some of them chose because animals …
I probably won’t get around to the next few volumes for a while but do want to see how this series wraps up eventually. Beyond simple grievances of their treatment, the residents of Animal Farm also want to return to their homes, and feel like there hasn’t been enough done to plan for a resistance to villain that took their lands. Though Snow White is in no rush to go into a battle she can’t win, this volume also sets the stage for some developments that could lead to a reclaiming in the long term.