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A Face Like Glass Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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"Using beautiful prose, Hardinge builds a richly imagined world that twists as much as the carefully orchestrated plot. Readers will eagerly follow noble Neverfell through its tunnels, marveling at the extraordinary sights and catching their breath at her daring escapades."
effects of certain wines, or likening human maturation to that of cheeses, she needles into some of our dearest desires and foibles with sharp psychological insight. Her enthusiasm for language play brightens dark Caverna with the sparkle of wit; but most notably, she suggests how fundamental to human interaction our facial expressions are."
"Hardinge excels at wordplay and worldbuilding; witty but not trite, her utterly original setting and chaotic, fidgety protagonist anchor a cracking good story that raises important ideas surrounding the nature of friendship, the value of honesty, and the danger of too much, whether luxury, ambition, power, or desire...like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight)."
"Hardinge is at the top of her game with this entrancing and action-packed adventure. Her voluptuous prose is full of sensory details and wildly imaginative descriptions...A compelling and triumphant follow-up to The Lie Tree for those who love to become immersed in a good story."
"Hardinge’s characteristically lush and sophisticated language will entrance readers, and she makes wonderful use of her singular setting and wildly eccentric cast to pose haunting questions about reality, artifice, and the things we attempt to conceal."
"There is wit in the writing style and cleverness the development of this crackling world, and readers will connect with Neverfell, the one girl who can’t hide what she is feeling in a world that has no idea what that is like."
"Frances Hardinge writes at full throttle, with luscious language, viscerally evocative descriptions and more plot twists and turns than the Minotaur's labyrinth... the wily storyline and gorgeous writing that will leave readers longing for a new Face to express their devotion to the author."
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This popped up as a Goodreads recommendation, I'd never heard of the author but the book sounded interesting so I took a chance. I am so glad I did.
Hardinge is an incredible world-builder, this is like nothing I've ever read before. I read someone else compared it to Alice and Wonderland, and I get where they were coming from - the whole 'down the rabbit hole' experience, but that's just the tip of the iceberg, and doesn't do the book justice. I am quite fond of the concept behind The City of Ember - the cataclysmic event, the city underground, the drive to get out - A Face Like Glass is sort of similar but on an entirely different level of awesome.
The world Hardinge builds for us is wonderfully weird and fully fleshed out. The culture and politics alone is astounding. The characters leap off the page, and there is enough magic and wonder to make people draw comparisons to Harry Potter - though it's nothing like the Potterverse. There you've got wands and here we've got killer cheeses and wines. Yes, seriously.
I've just finished Fly by Night and Fly Trap and Gullstruck Island and Hardinge does not fail to impress. She is the real deal and I can't believe she's not getting more attention. I imagine her books are somewhat hard to categorize - they're children's books but they aren't like anything else out there. The writing isn't dumbed down, but is fullbodied and bursting with vocabulary. Precocious pre-teens to adults will really get a kick out of Hardinge's writing, and A Face Like Glass is my favorite so far (though they are all amazing). I eagerly await her next...
**Original review (if you can call it that):
Incredibly brilliant. I want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again. Highly, highly recommend. 10 stars!!
A Face Like Glass tells the story of Neverfell, a girl who doesn't quite fit into her world, Caverna, a city below ground. In Caverna, magical foods are created and sold at high price to those who live above ground. But the people of Caverna can never leave, nor can they make natural facial expressions; they must learn to wear them like children are taught to put on clothes. When Neverfell, with her fluidly expressive face, is discovered, she throws the strange world of Caverna into disarray.
If you like Fantasy, any kind of fantasy, read this book! It will take you on a strange, thrilling and magical ride through an underground society in a place called Caverna.
A place that will baffle your mind and defy all sense of logic.
It will introduce you to all sorts of people, many who you cannot trust but a select few who you can. Some so grand and over the top that they will leave you in awe.
But it will unfold a story so mesmerizing, heartfelt and unique that you will remember it for years and years to come.
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In A FACE LIKE GLASS your face will freeze like that. Maybe it’ll be stuck in Face No.Read more