Rating: (1-5, 5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Hallie, 16 years old and her older sister, Marthe have lived on Roadstead Farm their whole lives, working the land, trying to keep it going years after their violent father’s death. Months have passed since Marthe’s husband, Thom, went off to fight the war in the south and never returned, so you think this is historical fiction and the war in the south is the Civil War. You’d be wrong, very, very wrong.
This is a world that exists after some disaster happened and the modern world has become nothing but piles of broken machines on collapsing bridges. A dystopian landscape with no leaders. A world where monsters exist and are becoming more and more prevalent every day, the Twisted Things that burn down barns and houses, cause horrible wounds to those who touch them.
The war is now supposed to be over, the war where John Balsam killed the Wicked God Southward. But it isn’t over.
When a stranger comes to the farm, Hallie and heavily pregnant Marthe, agree to let him stay and work for room and board. This begins a cycle of events that could mean the end of everything they’ve worked so hard to keep going.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Dystopian fans will enjoy this unique and exciting story.
Who should buy this book? High schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Fantasy
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Midway up
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA
Date of review: January 22, 2017