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THE LOST CONSPIRACY by Frances Hardinge Kirkus Star


by Frances Hardinge

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-088041-5
Publisher: HarperCollins

Hardinge knows the world of Gullstruck. She understands its complex mix of cultures and languages, grasps the nuances of religion and belief and comprehends the long-simmering tensions between colonial invaders and indigenous tribes. Her lyrical descriptions paint a clear picture of the flora and fauna as well as the unusual landscapes—rumbling volcanoes, lush jungles, rocky coastlines—that make up the tiny island nation. This is hardly surprising, as she invented this world. What’s amazing, however, is how easy she makes it for readers to enter into and apprehend it—even while mysteries swirl around them. From the first pages, in which readers are introduced to the notion of people who can separate their senses from their bodies, through a breathtaking journey of revenge and redemption that pits a stubborn, devoted girl against an unknown evil, epitomized by the deliberately anonymous individual who manipulates those around him into wreaking death and destruction, the story builds inexorably to the gripping conclusion. Brilliantly conceived, perfectly executed and utterly mesmerizing. (Fantasy. 12 & up)