Dark Metropolis

Jaclyn Dolamore. Hyperion, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-4231-6332-9
Dolamore’s urban fantasy introduces a city loosely based on culturally vibrant, politically repressive interwar Europe and plants a dark secret at its heart. The setting feels generically European; revolutionaries meet at the “Café Rouge,” and crowds flock to the “Lampenlight [district] on Saturday night.” But the diabolical plot that entangles Thea, a 16-year-old trying to make ends meet as her mother slides into insanity; her best friend, serious and purposeful Nan; and Freddy, a magician who can revive the dead, shows substantial originality. As Freddy interacts with Thea, he discovers that his guardians are misusing his powers to enslave the dead. Meanwhile, Nan finds herself among his victims, stripped of her memories. She fights to keep her promise to rescue fellow prisoner Sigi as they navigate their complicated relationship. Dolamore (Magic Under Stone) brings the elements of her complex storyline together with flair, and an extended climax provides closure and reveals new sides to the characters—heroes, villains, and those somewhere in between all have strong motives. Though a sequel is planned, this installment stands alone. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (June)
Reviewed on: 03/31/2014
Release date: 06/17/2014
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 292 pages - 978-1-4231-8100-2
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-1-4231-6340-4
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