Author: Sarah Fine
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: August 5th 2014
First in a series. Next book to be released August, 2015.
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There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.
Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.
As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.
I have to admit, the cover of this book really intrigued me and I think it fitted the book really well.
I am so glad I made the time to read this book this week because I really enjoyed it. Let me start with the characters. Wen is an incredibly intense character, and although she changes throughout the book she always stays true to herself, by the end of the book she is basing her attitude and beliefs on the actions of others rather than her preconceptions. At the same time, she is a really relatable character, not impossibly strong or brave. As for Melik, I think he is a really dynamic character, his flaws make him imperfect and relatable and he has this touch of innocence despite having seen a lot, or maybe I should call it idealism? As for the Ghost, he has a childlike demeanour, and even though he does horrible things you still can’t dislike him because he seems to be trying to help Wen the whole time, even though it is often in a misguided way.
As for the plot, it was great! Lots of twists and turns and the ending was crazy! Not exactly a cliffhanger as it closed the book off really nicely, but it definitely left it open for more!
Normally I would say here what I didn’t like about the book, but honestly I cannot think of anything. the writing was seamless, the protagonist was relatable and some very important issues were addressed, including rape, blame and discrimination. the love triangle that developed was believable and
I wish to add to this review a common misconception some readers have had about this book. Lots of readers were upset at the rape culture insinuated in this book. I totally get where they are coming from as Wen often feels that the sexual harassment is her fault and at one point totally forgives it, but I guess in my mind I read that as what the protagonist and her society believed and it was written from her point of view. Lots and lots of women believe rape is their own fault and wanting Wen to be stronger would make her, well, not real. I guess I read it knowing that these things were wrong, but that she felt she had no choice and had not been told otherwise by anyone. I do not think the author was writing this book believing that what she was writing was true in any way! Okay, rant over!
The next instalment of the series is called Of Dreams and Rust and is being released on August 4th 2015. I for one cannot wait!
I loved this book so much it has made me want to read all the other books by Sarah Fine and for that reason I am going to give it
Five stars: it was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!