Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Face Like Glass By Frances Hardinge|Review

A Face Like Glass
Published by Amulet Books on May 9th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 496
Format: eGalley

In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell's expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . . 

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
I could not think of a better word to describe this book. 
When I first began reading, I found the plot to be inventive. The characters purchase new faces. How could that not interest you? 
Well, let me explain why it didn't interest me. Don't get me wrong, I was completely hooked after reading the synopsis. But my enthusiasm waned after finishing the first chapter. 
The main character, Neverfell, annoyed me to the point of wanting to throw her against a wall. But I couldn't because it would only create more damage on my end than her own. I did admire Hardinge for keeping her humble and innocent after what goes down in this book. However, her cluelessness was beyond annoying. 
One thing you will definitely want to make while reading this book is a character dictionary. If you don't things will start to get real confusing real fast. Not to mention the new items introduced to us as if we should already have an idea of what they do. 
Overall, A Face Like Glass was painstakingly slow. There were too many plotlines to follow and once you did choose one you were lost on the others. In my opinion, this book is a little dark for a middle grader.

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