Monday, August 16, 2010
Revolution is a most excellent novel--complicated, brutal, heartbreaking, and striking. While the majority of the book is told from Andi's point of view, Revolution is as much about Alex's story as well. Donnelly brings Alex and the French Revolution alive in her diary, and shows us not only the struggles of the people and their fight for a better life, but also the suffering of the royal family, especially the lost prince Louis-Charles, who didn't deserve the injustices that he had to endure before his death. There are so many elements of Revolution that come together perfectly: Andi's grief and pain over the loss of her brother and her strained relationship with her parents, her research into Mahlerbeau, his mysterious past and why he named his most famous work The Fireworks Concerto, Alex's own life, the time she spent in the catacombs, her devotion to the prince Louis-Charles, and finally the twenty-first century investigation into the genetics of his lost heart. Everything is stunningly played out until Andi and Alex come to the same powerful realization, hundreds of years apart--that life and the world will be brutal and terrible, and no one can ever change that, but they can change themselves, and this revelation is the most affecting revolution both girls can experience. Revolution is a beautiful, meticulously researched, and realistic novel full of music and words that have the power to heal, and the ability to transcend centuries of time. It goes beyond all description, and it will resonate deeply with you. You simply must read it.
Cover Comments: I love this cover, it is gorgeous and sophisticated. It blends the twenty-first century image with the eighteenth century one well, and I like how the red ribbon is incorporated, with the key on the spine. It's beautiful.
Revolution will be released on October 12th, 2010.
ARC borrowed from Shanyn of chickloveslit.com.