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Tell the Wind and Fire
ISBN: 9780544318175
Author: Brennan, Sarah Rees
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: April 2016
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: In this near-future retelling of the Dickens classic "A Tale of Two Cities," a deadly revolution breaks out in a New York City divided by light and dark magic.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Fiction.
Revolutions; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015024993
Lexile Measure: 850
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" L x 1.25" W
Bargain Category: High School
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Two years ago, Lucie Manette was rescued from Dark New York by the Light magic council. Now living in the Light city, Lucie learns that a revolution is coming--and that she is a rallying cry for both sides. Romance and a hint of snarky humor help to diffuse the tension of this dark fantasy/romance with nods to A Tale of Two Cities.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #1)
In the near future, there are two New Yorks: the Light (where affluent Light magicians live) and, on the other side of a wall, the Dark (largely populated by impoverished Dark magicians, as well as illegally created doppelgangers). Two years before the book opens, Lucie Manette and her father were rescued from the Dark city, a symbolic act of mercy by the Light Council; now Lucie lives in Light New York and is dating Ethan Stryker, son of a prominent Light councilman. When Ethan is accused of passing information to rebels in the Dark city, help comes from an unexpected source: his doppelganger Carwyn. But Lucie soon learns from Carwyn that a revolution is coming, and that as "The Golden Thread in the Dark," Lucie herself is a symbol—and a rallying cry—for both sides. Lucie, Ethan, and Carwyn initially feel a bit more like archetypes (the tragic heroine, the perfect boyfriend, the evil twin) than fully fleshed-out characters, but all prove to have hidden depths and complexities; and the reality of their situation is likewise more tangled and troubling than it appears on the surface. Romance and just a hint of snarky humor help to diffuse the tension. With nods to Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, this dark-fantasy-meets-romance will have readers hooked. katie birche Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.
Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

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.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 April)

Gr 8 Up—Practicing Light magicians need excess magic drained from their blood to avoid being poisoned by it; Dark magicians need it to boost their own abilities. But despite this symbiotic relationship, Light magicians oppress their Dark counterparts, restricting them to a section of town and imposing brutal public punishments for any transgressions. Lucie Manette was born in the Dark city to Light magicians who worked secretly to heal people without access to other treatment. After her mother's death, Lucie's father was harshly punished for his work; her public protests earned him a pardon and her celebrity status. She and her father were allowed to move to the Light city, where she starts dating Ethan Stryker, son of a member of the Light Council. When Ethan is mistaken for a resistance fighter, Lucie learns that he has a doppelganger—a soulless mirror self that is created when extraordinary measures are taken to save someone from death. And when the doppelganger, Carwyn, gets loose in the Light city, Lucie's life is turned upside down. Intricate world-building, effective characterization, and an oppressed class fomenting revolution make this creative adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities a natural fit for "Hunger Games" fans. VERDICT A sound purchase for all YA collections.—Stephanie Klose, School Library Journal

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