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We Set the Dark on Fire Audio CD – Import, 26 February 2019
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In this daring and romantic fantasy debut perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Córdova and Anna-Marie McLemore, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival.
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class.
Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.
And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio.
Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?
A complicated tale of love, intrigue, moral compromise, and action, with a prescient sensibility that echoes current headlines and political issues...This fierce, feminist novel throws memorable characters into a provocative set of circumstances, and the constant twists will leave readers yearning for the conclusion.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
An action-packed third-person narrative, smart dialogue, and lush descriptions offer readers a fresh and steely heroine in a contemporary coming-of-age story. This well-crafted fantasy offers a mirror that reflects themes in our own difficult world, namely privilege, immigration, and individualism versus the common good...Thrilling and timely.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
A masterfully constructed novel...This timely examination of how women move through the world is potent and precise, and readers will be eager for the sequel.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
A richly constructed world full of fantasy and diversity, with a mystery that will keep [listeners] guessing until the very end. A must-have fantasy filled with action and political intrigue.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
A vivid tale of political intrigue, power, and resistance that will thrill the hearts of readers.-- "Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. We Set the Dark on Fire is her first novel. You can follow her on Twitter @tehlorkay.
Kyla Garcia is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, she discovered acting at the age of eight when she played Lady Macbeth in a children's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. She made her off-Broadway debut at fifteen when she played Dorothy in Oz: A Twisted Musical. Eleven years after she discovered her passion for acting, she would go on to play Lady Macbeth once again in London at the Globe Theatre, where she studied Shakespeare during her third year at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her BFA in acting from Rutgers University.
- Publisher : Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (26 February 2019)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982610638
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982610630
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 227 g
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.79 x 14.22 cm
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Meanwhile, a rebellion is simmering as the poor go hungry, but the rich have surplus food going to waste.
Dani must decide whether she will be a cog in the machine or rise up against the ruthless regime! With some romance added in to the mix as well.
Part of the magic of the story surely was the intricate and natural way in which it incorporated the sometimes hopeless present political and societal struggles in the world and managed to wrap them in fire, but also in hope and a gentle reminder that not everything is lost and dark always. In addition to that I loved and hated in equal measure the compassionate and empathetic way in which the story navigated the patriarchal and deeply sexist system the world was build on, not shying away from harsh realities like sexual and intimate partner violence, the psychological and emotional consequences of it, and the wide ranging effects it has on everyone living in that kind of society.
It made this a very hard book to read, and the ending wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for. But at the same time it was the perfect book for me, left me even more emotionally invested than I thought possible and it stoked that tiny spark of hope in my chest that might not be entirely rational or even realistic, but felt wonderful nonetheless.
In many aspects, this is a very interesting book. There are a lot of Latino characters, the atmosphere is very "The Handmaid's Tale" style and the dystopic world created with all its political intrigues is very interesting.
I absolutely love that there's an f/f relationship HOWEVER the beginning of the love story of these two characters is too rushed and sudden. Moreover, the story in general is a little bit obvious: what should have been shocking revelations were actually things that I could predict chapters before.
Anyway, since the book ended with a cliffhanger, I will surely read the second novel.