By Justine Larbalestier
Stars: 3 out of 5
I feel a little bit tricked by this book – tricked into reading a genre that I’m not really terribly interested in (in fact, go to great lengths to avoid and even mock). Unfortunately, the thing that I was tricked into is part of what the main character might be lying about and is not revealed until halfway through, so I can’t share it – unless you email me and swear you’re either never going to read this book or won’t hold it against me. But I think it’s worth reading anyway because what drew me in was the premise – a girl who is a compulsive liar.
I heard about this book from my friend Anna’s blog, where she wrote a couple of posts about Larbalestier’s struggle to get her American publishers to portray the main character accurately on the cover. To the author, having a white girl on the cover sent a message about Micah’s identity: “One of the most upsetting impacts of the cover is that it’s led readers to question everything about Micah: If she doesn’t look anything like the girl on the cover maybe nothing she says is true. At which point the entire book, and all my hard work, crumbles.” Anna then wrote a follow-up post about the unexpected outcome of all this cover attention.
Let me know what you think!