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"Not to be missed!" —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles "An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York...
"Not to be missed!" —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles "An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York...
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  • "Not to be missed!" —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles
    "An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series


    In the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet of Laterre.
    A thief.
    An officer.
    A guardian.

    Three strangers, one shared destiny...

    When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it's now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

    Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes...

    Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

    Marcellus is an officer—and the son of an infamous traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he's vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

    Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years...and plunge Laterre into chaos.

    All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

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  • Jessica Brody is the author of several popular novels for teens and tweens, including The Geography of Lost Things, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays, Better You Than Me, and the Unremembered trilogy. She lives with her husband and four dogs near Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com.

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  • Kirkus

    January 1, 2019
    Political and romantic intrigues ignite when three young people's lives intersect in the slums of Laterre, one of the 12 planets humans settled after the First World ended. This first installment in an ambitious epic modeled after Les Misérables depicts a futuristic society with a class system loosely modeled on the estates of pre-Revolutionary France and a thriving criminal underbelly policed by a fearsome cyborg inspecteur. Brown-haired, gray-eyed thief Chatine, the daughter of a dangerous gang leader, is known in public as a boy called Théo, but her real identity is not her only secret. A chance encounter with the handsome, dark-haired grandson of a high-ranking Second Estate general leads to her being hired to spy on Marcellus, whose father was in the Vangarde, a resistance group. The use of an old written language for secret communications by the resistance is a compelling element. Meanwhile, dark-haired Alouette, who never knew her mother, is tech-savvy and kind. Raised by a mysterious order that protects the books and histories of the First World, she is curious about the world outside the Refuge but finds herself in over her head when she sneaks out and meets Marcellus. The authors play with formulaic elements to freshen the story. Skin color is rarely mentioned, and the book seemingly defaults to white despite the presence of black people in early modern France.A fast-paced, immersive, and imaginative romp. (maps) (Science fiction. 12-18)

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    February 1, 2019

    Gr 8 Up-In this series opener based Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, a thief, an officer, and a guardian come together in a shared destiny. Years before, the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre offered a last hope for survival and a new life for a wealthy French family. However, 500 years later, the elite class remains supreme while others starve. Whispers of rebellion have begun and cataclysmic events set in motion that bring together street savvy thief, Chatine; Marcellus, an officer who is grandson to the most powerful man on the planet but also the son of a traitor; and Alouette, who lives in an underground refuge, protecting the last surviving library on the planet. All three have a role to play and together they will shape the future of Laterre. The novel features detailed world-building as it explores themes of power, romance, and identity. It is a coming-of-age journey for the protagonists who must weigh what they've been told with some startling truths. The characters are complex; however, some readers may struggle with the sheer volume of just this first part of the story. VERDICT Readers who enjoy similar titles such as Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, the "Empress of a Thousand Skies" duology by Rhoda Belleza, and works of Kristen Simmons will find this first installment an exciting reimagining of Les Miserables.-Linsey Milillo, Lane Public Library, Fairfield, OH

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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