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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142316332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423163329
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 7 Up—With her father missing and presumed dead and her mother becoming increasingly mentally unstable, 16-year-old Thea Holder must find work that will support the two of them. The waitressing job she finds at the Telephone Club introduces her to a mysterious boy, Freddy, and the sinister underworld with which he seems to be involved. When her best friend and co-worker, Nan, vanishes, the situation becomes increasingly perilous as Thea and Freddy discover that the city workers are literally dead men walking, kept alive through arcane magic. Reminiscent of Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis, this grim, pseudo magical world with hints of Jazz Age—esque features never completely comes together. Unfortunately, what could have been an interesting premise is marred by stilted dialogue and two-dimension paper doll—like characters. Two understated romances develop, including one between a zombie—turned—female photographer and an asexual fae teen who is willing to sacrifice herself for the cause. Teen readers would be better off reading Libba Bray's "Diviners" series (Little, Brown).—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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When Thea meets Freddy at the Telephone Club, where she works, she tells him she’s trouble. The reverse might actually be true, when she finds out he speaks to and revives the dead, including her father, once thought killed in a bloody battle. Her mother and her best friend have disappeared, too, and Freddy has more to do with it than Thea expects. She works with him and the secret revolutionaries bent on freeing the recently revived and keeping them out from under the oppressive government’s shady control. Thea loses and gains so much over the course of this original urban adventure that readers are sure to keep the pages turning. Dolamore builds an intriguing fantasy world, vaguely reminiscent of a war-ravaged twentieth-century Europe with the glitz of the Gilded Age, old-country magic, and an underground dystopian flair. Although the uptown time and place are a little hazy, and it takes a few chapters to get a whole picture of the city and its environs, the thrilling payoff is worth it. Grades 8-11. --Stacey Comfort

More About the Author

Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.

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There is a very cool paranormal aspect to this book, and the romance is pretty light.
I really enjoyed reading this book and even though it was tad bit too plot oriented, I would say that it was a good read!
One of the leaders’ true motive came out, and I was just like “oh.” It also didn’t seem too well thought out either.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog on July 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This sounds fantastic, right? And I am happy to report that, in my oh so humble opinion, it is pretty fantastic. It's hard to peg just what Dark Metropolis is. Is it a zombie novel? Science fiction? Historical fantasy? Luckily, you don't have to know or care what we should label Dark Metropolis as in order to enjoy it. With a fascinating premise, a plot that offers a lot in reveals, and a mystery that grabs you, Dark Metropolis is a thrilling read.

Be warned, though, this sounds like Thea's story. And while everything is, in a lot of ways, brought about by Thea's curiosity and is centered around her, this story is much more Nan's and Freddy's than you could guess from the synopsis. With alternating POVs from the three, you'll get to know a lot more than just Thea.

I was so engrossed in the world Jaclyn Dolamore created. I didn't know when I was reading, but it's an alternate world based on Berlin in 1927 (which clears up so much!). That means this is a post-WWI world, but a world without the Great Depression and WWII. The world created has its share of glitz and glamour, Roaring Twenties-style, but there's a darker side that's always lurking, a tone that reminds you constantly there's more going on in this city than anyone knows. There's deep unrest and unhappiness. The magic isn't explained much, but its existence is well-known. It's a world I couldn't get enough of or learn enough about.

It's so hard to talk about certain things without revealing spoilers! But, suffice to say, the magic that's making our zombies is just as simple, fascinating, heartbreaking, lovely, and complicated as can be. There's love in its history and potential, but it's been perverted into something dark and, while useful to the city itself, terrible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenea Whittington on July 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Dark Metropolis is the first in the series, and follows Thea, a 16 year old who is trying to hold her family together. Her mother has a sickness cause from magic, and now has to go to work to help out. But when her friend that she works with goes missing, she has to find her and at the same time find out why people are just disappearing.

Thea was such a strong girl for having gone through all she did. She is working, trying to take of her “ill” mother, and just trying to be a 16 year old. None this is easy for her. But the determination she has to find out what is going on was what drew me to her and wanted to succeed. Freddy was a little on the creepy side at first, and I wasn’t sure what to make of him. Why was so interested in Thea? Was he a creep or what? AS the story progressed I got the answers that I needed and I ended up really liking him. And I like that there is a hint or spark between him and Thea.

Nan is the friend of Thea’s that went missing, she is a fiesty one, and then there is Sigi, who happens to be the daughter of one of the main people in the revolutionaries. The same revolutionaries who seem to have a few different ideas of how to stop the magic and tear apart the government. Uncle Gerick, Freddy’s creepy and obsessive uncle and Valkenrath is just plain scary.

The story center around Thea and Freddy and the search for their friend, and what is happening to those around them. Through the different POV’s it gave a full view of what was going on, and the alternate 1920′s/1930′s setting is a big bonus. The people that are running the city from underground are basically zombies. People who have died, but they aren’t thought of as being zombies. There is a twist to their existence, and it is a pretty clever one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Book Vacation on August 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you enjoy magical-realism and/or the paranormal set within the realms of everyday life, then I highly suggest you pick up this novel. It reminded me just a touch of the movie Sin City based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, with the spells and abilities replacing superpowers and villains, though I wouldn’t say Dark Metropolis is nearly as gruesome or action packed. Secrets abound, magic flies, and as the novel unfolds, Dolamore does a great job foreshadowing what’s to come, nudging readers in the right direction as they attempt to figure out just what is at work in the depths of the city.

I enojyed the characterization and the surprise at the end, and am interested to see what happens next in this surreal world full of danger and magic. Told from the perspective of multiple characters, a writing style that I just adore, I think many will enjoy this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore
Book One of the Dark Metropolis series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.

Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.

What I Liked:

Quite an intriguing novel we have here. I was super thrilled to have the chance to read this book, because it's marketed as a historical fiction novel with a heavy dose of magic - what a cool combination! "Chilling thriller", I suppose, I'm not convinced on the thriller part, but I could see how the "chilling" part might be chilling.
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