Title: Trial by Fire
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
About: This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.
Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.
What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.
My Thoughts: I am a huge fan of the Starcrossed series, so when I saw something new by Josephine Angelini, I was very excited.
Let me start by saying that this is very different from Starcrossed. Very. The world(s) is (are) so different … there’s a lot to learn. Not just for Lily, but for the reader as well. The world she finds herself in is so different, it can take awhile to get your head wrapped around things. I suppose it’s good, because it helps you relate to Lily. But, that’s only my thought after having completed the book. Until now, it made for some surprisingly slow reading. I expected to get sucked in pretty much right away, but that didn’t happen until the last quarter or so.
Don’t let that keep you from reading this. It’s an amazing, imaginative world. And the idea of your worst enemy being a different version of yourself? Kinda chilling!
The characters are great. Lily is someone you start out feeling sorry for, but she really finds herself once she’s in the alternate universe. Her friends and allies are pretty neat characters — especially Rowan (book boyfriend? Oh, yes!), whose story slowly is revealed through the book. I’m sure there’s more to everyone’s stories, and hopefully we’ll see more of them as the series progresses.
By the end of the book, I couldn’t read fast enough — and I wasn’t quite ready for it to end. That’s kinda the mark of a good story in my mind — even if it took awhile to get to that point.
Source: Sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Read It: Trial by Fire is scheduled for release around September 2, 2014. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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