Evanjalin turns out to not be who Finnikin believes her to be -- but will she lead him to destruction or to a new level of life? There is a lot to this story and the plot moves slowly, deliberately, and solidly for the majority of the book; it is not until the end where the pace picks up rapidly, unceasingly, and unrelentingly, making for a heart-pounding and ultimately extraordinarily successful story. By the end of this one, you'll know the characters almost as well as they might know themselves.
Melina Marchetta is a Printz Award-winning author, so of course she's worth checking out. This is her first fantasy novel. Recommended to high school readers looking for a good solid book and who are willing to put in the time it takes to get to the fantastic finish.Call number: YA MARCHETTA; YA CD MARCHETTA (Teen Room)
Reviewed by kate the librarian