Author: Sally Green
Published by: Puffin Books
Publication date: March 4 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure Fantasy
Summary: You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.
I found this book when heading to the airport one day, had forgotten to pack enough books. When I saw this book, it immediately caught my eye. It is about a world where witches live in along with normal humans. It follows a boy who’s mum is a white witch but his dad is an evil black witch. It almost seems like a fantasy take on segregation really, yet it’s way more exciting then reading a segregation novel, in my opinion. The book is quite slow paced though, so it takes a while to really get into it. I really did like the idea that no matter who you’re family is, if you’re not the same then they won’t care. It helped the story greatly, giving motive to certain characters and adding a ‘third dimension’ to them. Along the lines of characters, only the main character, Nathan, really develops that much. The rest of the characters do have back stories although quite shallow, they don’t go too far. Overall though, the book was an amazing and an original idea.
My favourite character was Annalise. She might seem like a weak girl but something about her I absaloutely loved.
Another cool thing about this book was how it swapped from first person and second person narrative. It added an interesting way of letting the readers connect with Nathan and almost experience what he was feeling, seeing, smelling and hearing. In my opinion I think that’s what brought the story to life and it must have succeeded in everyone else’s minds as it has been translated into I think around twenty five languages already and has a film deal with Fox.
So I thoroughly reccomened reading this book: even if you find it a little slow at the beginning, believe me when I tell you it gets infinitely better with every sentence, no, every single individual word makes you want to read on.
For Sally Green’s debut book this is definitely a book to remember