Friday, April 28, 2017

Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

In the underground city of Caverna, the only faces people can make are those that they have learned, or have been crafted for them. The lowest workers only wear two expressions - both of them chagrined and obedient. Some of the most powerful people in the city are the Facesmiths - those who create new faces for paying customers.

Neverfell has assumed from the age five - when she fell into a famous cheesemaker's curd vat - that she must be terribly ugly. Why else would he make a mask for her, and caution her to wear it at all times? Not until she is thirteen does Neverfell realize she has a face like glass - all of her emotions show on her face, which means she must have come from aboveground.

Now thrust into a court world of power and intrigue, Neverfell must quickly learn how to defend herself in a world where a spilled drink could mean death and the ruling monarch has taught the left and right sides of his mind to sleep in shifts so that he can remain ever vigilant. With her life - and the lives of everyone she encounters - drawn into a swiftly closing trap, Neverfell must learn her origins to unravel the truth about her importance to Caverna.

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