Genre: Dystopian Fiction
What did you like about the book? I picked it up to take a quick glance and next thing I knew it was 2:00 am and way past my bedtime. Such an excellent read! Danica is a modern teen residing at Versailles amidst living history; the French palace is now owned by a wealthy corporation and its inhabitants live, breathe, and dress as though it was still the 18th century, complete with a king. After Danica stumbles upon the young king as he murders a woman, her power mad mother offers a deal: Danica will be Queen and the “regrettable incident” will be forgotten. Unfortunately for Danica and her dreams of independence, he accepts the deal and her fate is sealed. As the King of Versailles’ intended, her face is quickly known around the world and there is no escape . . . unless she does something completely illegal, such as raise an exorbitant sum of money by selling a drug called “Glitter” to the court, and then use it to be smuggled out of the palace and given a new identity with plastic surgery. Should she surrender herself and her future to a despicable and dangerous man? Or put others in harm’s way in order to escape?
What didn’t you like about the book? Completely loved it and wish it had tied up more neatly, but they’re obviously setting up for a sequel.
To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who like titles with strong girls in desperate situations. The choices Danica faces are difficult and there is no easy way out.
Who should buy this book? School & public libraries
Where would you shelve it and why? Young Adult Fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Please!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Robin Fosdick, Morse Institute Library, Natick, MA
Date of review: 11.4.16