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. Read more...
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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.
- ISBN-13: 9780544318175
- ISBN-10: 054431817X
- Publisher: Clarion Books
- Publish Date: April 2016
- Page Count: 368
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Brennan (Unspoken) delivers an intriguing but uneven romantic fantasy loosely based on Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities. In the near future, New York City is divided between the ruling Light magicians of Light New York, who theoretically represent the forces of good, and Dark magicians, who huddle in the slums of Dark New York. Lucie Manette, born in the latter, now lives in Light New York protected by her boyfriend, Ethan, son of Charles Stryker, one of Light New York's ironfisted rulers. Yet Lucie, known as "the Golden Thread in the Dark," is also an iconic figure for the "sans-merci," violent revolutionaries who aim to end the Light's tyranny over the Dark. Further endangering Lucie and Ethan is Carwyn, Ethan's illegal doppelganger, the product of Charles Stryker's use of magic to save Ethan's life. Though Brennan's prose is powerful, it can also be somewhat strained as she works to create parallels with the language of Dickens's Tale, and her magical system, which involves Light magicians needing to be drained of blood by Dark magicians, is overly complex and at times confusing. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)