Thursday, April 27, 2017

A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge

A Face Like Glass

In Caverna, lies are an art — and everyone's an artist . . .

In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare. They create wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned. Only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear — at a price.

Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little 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. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed ...
What I thought:

There was so much I loved about this book and, really, only one thing I sort of didn't--the pacing. The characters are so well-drawn and the world building is phenomenal. The mystery kept me reading, but it took me a long time to get to the end. There was a lot of detail--excellent detail--but it slowed the story down quite a bit for me. Overall, I really liked Neverfell and definitely recommend this book, especially to readers of MG and YA. Compelling and so imaginative!  

Rating: **** (4 stars)

*I received an eARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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