Drawn in by the cover, stayed for the YA retelling of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and generally fell in love with Tell The Wind and Fire.
In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.
Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?
Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan weaves a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.
Why I Loved It:
Dazzled. That’s the word that sums up my experience of this story. A fitting word given the rich and complex mythology surrounding these two cities – that of Dark and Light New York, both magical worlds with shadowy underbellies.
Reading the beginning of this book was a bit like when I read another fav of mine, Jellicoe Road. It takes a while to get all the answers and understand what’s going on in this world (though nowhere near to the extent of JR.) I really enjoyed letting this world and this story unfold. I haven’t read anything using this particular mythology (not the magic, the other thing regarding Carwyn which I’m not going to spoil) but I was hooked from the start.
For a story about dark and light cities, everything about the tale plays with shades of grey. People, agendas may fool us at first, seeming one way or the other, but ultimately, everything requires its opposite to exist. Everything requires balance as evidenced by our main character Lucie known as the Golden Thread in the Dark – the girl of two worlds, frozen and desperately walking a tightrope of middle ground in her efforts to remain safe. But as events unfold and Lucie finds herself caught between two guys (and not in the annoying typical love triangle way that drives me nuts) that balance becomes a much more precarious concept.
Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. And when this book releases on April 5, I expect you all to run out and grab it.
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