- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: HL660L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (January 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544648404
- ISBN-13: 978-0544648401
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—Thompson serves up important questions in this dystopian fantasy about an unusual love triangle and a heroine pushed to the edge. In New Heart City, which values those without magical abilities over those with them, Myra must deny an inherited part of herself in order to stay safe. After the Flickerkin, who can become invisible at will, are blamed for planting an explosive device at a race, New Heart's leaders begin jailing and threatening the execution of anyone with Flickerkin blood. With her mother in prison and her father in a precarious political position, the teen must rely on herself and her friends to survive. The novel starts with a heavy dose of exposition typical of this genre, and although it moves at a slower pace than action-filled works such as Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and its successors, this title invites readers to ponder big political and social questions, many of which are easily applicable to contemporary life. Myra comes across as a somewhat passive character until the climax approaches and she and her friends take things into their own hands. This change speeds up the pace and brings the narrative to an adrenaline-filled close. VERDICT For those who can't get enough dystopian fiction, this work offers another look at governing-gone-wrong, with central themes of equality and racism.—Abby Hargreaves, Alexandria Public Library, VA
"Thompson’s imaginative descriptions of Flickering...and the sea-centered rituals of the island people combine to create a unique fantasy world with a rich history."
"This tale of mixed heritage and divided loyalties with an engaging heroine will appeal to fans of character-driven fantasy. "
"Filled with vivid, fascinating magic and set in an intriguing world, Flicker and Mist is an exciting, thought-provoking, haunting novel that lingers long after you finish the last page."
—Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Queen of Blood
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Mary G. Thompson created a world with an interesting, if archaic, belief system that consisted of the people of the Left Eye and those of the Plateau. While currently at peace with one another, the Plats lived a very different life than the Lefties. The Plats had freedoms and opportunities the Lefties weren’t given. They were the rule-makers, the enforcers, the deciders.
They weren’t the ones that the Flicker Men mixed with all those years ago, leaving behind Flickerkin whose abilities were feared and who were forbidden from entering the Plateau. They weren’t the ones whose existence risked the wrath of the Waters.
Myra hated that she was different from all the other Plats. She envied their darker skin, their straighter hair, their height. Even though her father was on the Council, she could never really fit in. Not having inherited many of her physical characteristics from her mother, who was from the Left Eye. And not with the fear that she might reveal herself to be a Flickerkin.
Still, she hoped to someday inherit her father’s seat on the Council. She hoped to prove to all that she was the best female rider. She hoped that her friend Porti was right and that the Deputy’s son, Caster, liked her as much as she liked him.
But with the growing threat of the rising waters that could bring back the Flicker Men, the recent pranks that had everyone on edge that somehow those who could make themselves invisible had infiltrated the Plateau, and the very real possibility of discovery, Myra’s hopes seemed less and less likely to become reality.
A tumultuous past, civil unrest, fear, hatred, oppression, betrayal, bravery, love, honor, acceptance, strength, FLICKER AND MIST has it all. It introduces a unique world, tackles many real-life issues, gives much food for thought. It gives readers a strong heroine to connect with, puts many obstacles in her way, tests her values and beliefs, forces her to make difficult decisions, and asks her to trust those she has no reason to trust.
And with a number of unexpected reactions, choices, outcomes, a wondrous ability, tragedy, heartbreak, romance, plenty of action and the possibility of more to come, this is a story that is not to be missed.
The book is about a teenager named Myra Hailfast who lives in New Heart City on the plateau of a fictional landmass that looks like a human head and neck. There are two different societies on this landmass, the Plats and the Lefties, who live in an area where, if the landmass was a real human head, the left eye would be located. These two societies have been forcibly kept separate and the Lefties kept in a subservient role as miners of the rare mineral that powers New Heart City. The Lefties are seen as inherently bad and inferior because they can flicker and become invisible at will.
Myra soon learns that her life and her background isn't what she thought it was, and it forces her and the reader to consider some very hard questions about the treatment of minorities or people seen as "different."
The plot revolves around Myra trying to get her parents out of jail, as her Mom has been jailed for being a Flickerkin and her Dad has been jailed for harboring a Flickerkin, Myra's Mom. The plot moves very quickly and is quite engaging. Had it not been for work responsibilities, I would have probably read this book in one sitting. The world in which Myra and the other characters live is described quite well, and the beginning of the book even has a map of this fictional world. The fictional animal that plays a big part in this story, the Wetbeast, is also described quite well. So well in fact that I WANT ONE. I also found the characters believable and well developed. Even the "bad guys" in this book are nuanced and not cartoonish.
Overall a great book!