Blending a faux-historical recounting with avant garde sensibilities in the form of rapid shifts in tense and perspective, this coming-of-age fantasy is set against the backdrop of a war-torn city where little hope remains. Amid a war fought between gnomes and fairies, Beckan, Scraps, Cricket, and Josha are the only four fairies left in the city of Ferrum. The self-styled pack ekes out a living thanks to prostitution, secure in the knowledge that the war won't touch them more than it already has—until Cricket is killed, eaten by gnomes. They are joined in the search for the remaining pieces of Cricket's body by Rig and Tier, both gnomes, and Piccolo, a "tightroper" who fights for the fairies. Despite the horrors of the adult war being fought around them, they attempt to forge a new pack and try to make sense of the massive changes. The abrupt changes in tense and point of view lend the narrative the chaotic feeling of a fever dream, while the edgier elements of this survival story (prostitution, cannibalism, etc.) feel glossed over. Ages 14–up. Agent: John Cusick, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/03/2015 Release date: 07/28/2015 Genre: Children's
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