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Tell the Wind and Fire Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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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
—School Library Journal
"With nods to Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, this dark-fantasy-meets-romance will have readers hooked."
"Lucie is a dynamic and complex character, burdened by oppressive secrets from her past and yet fiery and fierce, hellbent on saving those she loves no matter the cost."
"Retellings of beloved classics are tricky, but here, Dickens' overall plot and major characters translate effortlessly into this intriguingly imagined setting. Lucie and Ethan are more complex than their rather insipid Victorian prototypes, and Carwyn retains all the bad-boy fascination of his charismatic counterpart."
"Compelling similarities exist between the narrative and present-day events, where uprisings and terrorist acts are increasingly common, making this an engrossing and relevant read."
“Sarah Rees Brennan writes with fine control and wit, and I suspect that word of this magical thriller will pass through the populace with the energy of wind, of fire.”—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon
“Brennan takes the genres of young adult, fantasy, and romance, and through her own writerly, alchemical process converts them into something new and strange and lovely. Read the first few pages of Tell the Wind and Fire and see if you don’t agree.”—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
“Brennan’s writing really allows the characters to come alive—I’ve been thinking about them ever since I finished the book! Plus, the plot twists totally kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend it to all of my friends.” —Kiara R., 17 (Girls Life reader)
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It was as a seventh-grader that I read A Tale of Two Cities for the first and only time. I'd grabbed it randomly out of the junior high library without really understanding its significance, and I was too young to grasp all its themes, for sure. But I loved that freaking book. And if I'm being honest, the thing I loved most about it was how much it made me cry. I was a child obsessed with questions of truth and justice, and this was the book that really drove home for me the thin line between justice and vengeance, and the fact that equally terrible things could happen in the name of either. I was moved and horrified by Carton's sacrifice, and utterly broken by the necessity of it. I'd been raised to oppose the death penalty (and other state-sponsored killing), even in the name of justice, but in many ways it was Dickens who helped me to truly understand why. I always related best to ideas when they were presented to me as stories, and this was no different.
Of course, this means that once I realized what Sarah was doing with this story (which took me a little longer than I'd like to admit, especially considering that many of the characters—including the heroine—retain their original names), I also knew what would happen to its main characters. To Sarah's credit, this knowledge did not lessen the impact of their fates.
Over the years, I've learned that, with a few exceptions, I find Dickens pretty tedious, and I never reread A Tale of Two Cities, even in all this time. Thanks, Sarah, for bringing it back to me after all these years.
Is there going to be a second book? I want to know how the gold thread in the dark and Ethan make it in this new world!!!!
It felt a little rushed, and the ending didn't leave me with too much hope for their society. I'm still worried for the characters. But it wouldn't be Sarah Rees Brennan if you weren't worried for the characters.
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Innovative twists. I did not stop once I started because it pulled me in.Read more
Plot: I have never read Tale of Two Cities so I am unable to compare Tell the Wind and Fire to its source material. The plot; however, is fairly simple.Read more