Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

genre: young adult speculative fiction

Lucie's world is a divided place.  Light and Dark.  Rich and Destitute.  Them and us. Those with the ability to use Light Magic and those without. Despite Lucie's upbringing in the Dark, a tragedy in her family results in a life in the Light, with wealth and a loving boyfriend who doesn't ask too many questions about her past.  When a familiar-looking stranger performs a seemingly random act of kindness, Lucie becomes entangled in a web of revolution, hatred and the few who truly want a changed world.

I haven't read A Tale of Two Cities for actual decades but I did find some common threads and I loved that.  The magical world building is intriguing and violent.  Lucie is a complicated character and I appreciated the arc of her self-realization, even if it moved a bit slow for me.  Her deep desire for both justice and mercy is always tangled up in her own impulsive and unfortunate choices, which drove me a little crazy.   I sometimes got tired of being in Lucie's head. Right in the middle of a climactic scene we'd have to spend pages of her thinking about things and it felt rather disjointed when we got back to the action.  I did really love the ending, though - there was tenderness in the final chapters (if you have read A Tale of Two Cities you can guess) and the redemption felt real.  While imperfect, it's a captivating enough retelling.


Joann Downie said...

I have this on my tbr, it looka really good!! Have a great weekend!!

Kay said...

I didn't know this was a retelling! I just saw the cover floating around the blogosphere and thought it looked cool. Thanks for the review!

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