Publisher: Clarion Books
In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.
Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?
Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan weaves a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.
The writing is smooth and Lucie's point of view shows that of a clever, politically capable girl who is also flawed in that she has to find out who she really is, not the symbol everyone wants her to be.
There's some uncertain characters, as you're not entirely sure where they stand and how they might affect those around them, then there are characters you assume could be predictable, and are not.
I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and the people around Lucie were affected by the rebellion that was being made unwillingly in her name. The world of the Light and the Dark needing each other, but taught not to like each other is something that has happened repeatedly throughout history, and I think the author portrayed that well. It's not logical, but neither is racism. There was also the addition of doppelgängers, which I found fascinating, and fun to read about. Carwyn, who was Ethan's, has a great revelation and his outcome was entirely unpredicted by me.