We Set the Dark on Fire

We Set the Dark on Fire

Book - 2019 | First Edition
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"Dani must question everything she's worked for as she learns about the corruption of the Median government"-- Provided by publisher.
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?
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780062691316
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC MEJ
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 04, 2019

First off here are the things I really liked about this book. I liked the writing style. It was easy to follow and I liked that they used a lot of Spanish vocabulary throughout the novel. I liked the plot line/ trope of having an arranged marriage. It reminded me a lot of "The Glittering Court" series by Richelle Mead. In the sense that the girls attend a school and then are married off based on their school "rank." Here's the twist though it's one husband and TWO BRIDES that are arranged to be married. First off an arranged marriage sucks enough, but now you have to share a husband! That wasn't the issue in Daniela and Carmen's marriage though, no their issue is that they are both secretly lesbians and way more into EACH OTHER than their evil politico husband. Now the thing I didn't like about this novel is the fact that Daniela and Carmen's relationship seemed to come out of no where! There was no real build up of emotions or hints of sexuality, just all of a sudden they were together. I feel like Tehelor Kay Mejia could have expanded on their relationship and built it up more in my opinion. It seemed really one sided at first. There was also no flirting or friendship at first, so it just made it seem like more of a "LUST" situation instead of a real "Love" connection in my opinion. Their relationship was never fully developed. If Tehelor Mejia had expanded on this just a little bit more this would have been an A+ LGBT read. I didn't love this book... and I honestly found it a little boring at times, so I was on the fence about this book for a long time, but I will say I LOVED that cliffhanger ending and I will 100% be finishing this series! That ending just won me over.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

I enjoyed this book and I can see a lot of potential in this series. This book was mainly setting the stage and the characters for the overarching storyline, so it doesn’t feel like a lot happens, but it is clear that there is a lot more action yet to come.

This book draws a lot of interesting parallels with current events, and I thought that the mythology aspect was very expertly woven into the threads of the story. The author did an excellent job establishing the conflict, and I am excited to see where the story goes from here. Also worthy of note is that all the characters are Latinx and there is an LGBT romance that is central to the story.

Jun 10, 2019

I wanted to love this story based on its premise alone - two young women trained to be upper-class wives in a repressive society band together and end up falling in love! Unfortunately, the story was heavy on the plot devices and world-building and I never really connected with the characters. However, if you are looking for a dystopian story set in a made-up (but not fantasy!) world and you enjoy underdog/rebel storylines this may be a good choice for you.


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