About the Book:
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
While I'm not a fan of Breaking Bad, I've never even seen the show, the idea of this combined with Marie Antoinette totally grabbed me. The book grabbed me right away. I loved hearing about this world, and the mixture of 18th century French traditions and clothing with technology even more advanced than what we have today. There was just enough information telling about how the world had gotten to this point, and how this little society got set up. Normally I'm not a big fan of drugs, probably why I don't watch Breaking Bad, but the way it was done in this story made drugs to be the way that I feel they are. Addictive, and not good for people, while also being a very large money-making business. I liked all the characters. Even the King was one that you hated him, but also felt a little sorry for him in some situations, until he turned around and showed the very side you'd seen before. I liked the main character Danica. She definitely worked well in this story. She wasn't the perfectly innocent and virtuous character as you might often see in this type of story. I felt that she was much more realistic to her situation. The only issue I had with this is that the romance at first seemed almost like an after-thought, and when it came into being a bigger part of the story, in a way it felt like it was almost out of place. I liked the romance, I just had a little issue with it fitting in seamlessly. As others have mentioned in reviews, if there is a sequel, I would be very excited to read it! I highly recommend this story!
My rating: 4.5 stars
About the Author:
Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.
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