- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (April 5 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 054431817X
- ISBN-13: 978-0544318175
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 458 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #448,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
-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)
About the Author
Sarah Rees Brennan is the New York Times best-selling author of fantasy novels for teens including The Demon's Lexicon, a YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults, and The Bane Chronicles, co-authored with Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson. www.sarahreesbrennan.com
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When I heard this would be a retelling of "A Tale of Two Cities", I knew I had to give it a try. I went into it with no expectations and I'm glad I did because I would have been too busy comparing it to the classic novel, and that's not fair to Brennan. She made this her own, created a world where Light and Dark magic exist. Where evil doppelgängers are born when their original soul needs them. They're usually hunted and murdered. The Light rules and governs all from the wealthiest families and our main character's boyfriend is one of them. When Lucie encounters her beloved's doppelgänger, she saves him and thrusts herself into a tale of love and loss.
Lucie at first hand tells the story about how she comes into the Light city when she's really born from the Dark. I was all sorts of confused and tried to understand how the world was made up of. And then when Lucie makes the snap decision and does so many reckless actions afterwards, I wasn't surprised. Because I didn't understand why she did it. He was a stranger and she automatically wanted to save him? Whha!!?? And she does make a few other mistakes as well that had me thinking "Uh oh, she is so not thinking things through." But I guess that's okay since she's a young teenager and apparently they make a billion mistakes before they ever learn their lesson right? So yes, I gave her a free pass until I realized she's just going to stand idly by while she has the power and influence to change the world. That was not the way I thought this main character would be. But again I made excuses for her, "Oh maybe it's just her character arc and she'll realize it sooner." So she does but again it's too late. Carwyn was all sorts of annoying and I didn't understand his role except he was used as a scapegoat. Ethan who was the hero I would rather have Lucie become was doing all sorts of wonderful things. And I wanted their roles to be switched. Lucid was too passive and by the end, I didn't really care what happened even though it was emotional.
Parts magical, parts dystopian, the pacing had me troubled because it was just so slow. There was hardly anything to go on? Except wait for the sans-merci to do something? I was still confused as to how magic came to be and I was still confused when the sucking of Light magicians blood came about. What I did enjoy were how these Dark magicians were treated because you can compare it to our society where being born somewhere else is considered being bad and soulless.
Overall, I enjoyed bits and pieces like the world building, but the whole story lacked focus. I believe this will either be a love or hate for most people. It did make me want to read the classic though!
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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!!!!