Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Published Date: April 5, 2016
Length: 368 pages
Genres: Retelling, Magic, Dystopia, Romance
Age Group: Young Adults
In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.
Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?
Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan weaves a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.
I can’t find a word to describe this book.
I take that back. There are so many words to describe this book, I don’t know where to choose. It’s sad and beautiful. It’s heart-wrenching and lovely. It’s fast-paced and steady. It’s all the things I hate and love. I haven’t felt anything like this reading this book for a very long time.
Tell the Wind and Fire is a retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. Reading Sarah Rees Brennan’s works is always a miracle for me. And she definitely didn’t let me down this time. The book was inspired deeply by A Tale of Two Cities, and is similar enough to be called a retelling, but still bears a beautifully unique aspect that makes the book special. SRB did a wonderful job on creating the characters, remade Charles Dickens’s into something even more in-depth and splendid.
The character developments in this book are phenomenon. It’s a masterpiece that was carefully crafted and endorsed with magnificent writing. Everyone has a secret, from the mystery Lucie to golden boy Ethan. Their transitions, their desires, their pains… All were portrayed in such a vivid and incredible way. And the plot, although it was expected to be a retelling, the plot is absolutely intricate and fully SRB’s. I found this book very unexpected.
Tell the Wind and Fire is a gorgeous, alluring book. It was incredibly deep and meaningful, and a lot, a lot of feels. Beautiful heartbreaking can’t even fathom this wonderful book.
Big thank to Netgalley for providing me the ARC. It was an amazing read.
“Anyone would love him, but I do not know if anyone could love him as much as I do.”
― Sarah Rees Brennan,