Title: Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn
Release: 26th September 2017
Synopsis: Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.
But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed.
Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?
This book completely blew me away! I went in excited for the plot, and came out in desperate need for the next book.
I liked how there are different colours within this book to signify the wealth of your family. It felt very Red Rising-esque and since I loved that book I was all for it here. The story kicks off so suddenly that I was left in shock at how quickly everything happens, but in the best way! I was never bored for a second, and could barely even put the book down because I needed to know what would happen next.
The characters were so well created and developed in this book, that from the moment I met each of them I found something I instantly liked (or disliked) about them, and it completely pulled me in.
There was so much lore behind the overarching plot to the book that we learn about in here, and this was one of my favourite things. I loved how you could see just how much thought Cara has put into writing this book, and had really thought of everything you needed to know about it to help paint the full picture. It was amazing.
I also absolutely ADORED the elephants in here! It’s so rare to find books that incorporate animals in such a way as this book does, and it’s even harder to find books that use elephants but this book does it perfectly. It plays on the emotions that we know elephants have and uses it to develop the story in the best way possible. I’ve never ever read a book like it, and I’m so happy I have now.
The book has a very dystopian vibe to it and is similar to The Maze Runner in some ways, such as the dividing of the people from the outside world, but it takes these fantastical elements and shapes itself into it’s perfectly unique story in a brilliant way. There is no romance in this book too, which is such a breath of fresh air for the genre, it was brilliant.
The villain is so well developed and is terrifying enough to make you believe he is real, and will leave you on the edge of your seat. The ending especially is outstanding.
This book is one of the most uniquely written books I’ve read, with some of the best characters and plot development in the YA world at the moment. If you want a book to make you fall in love, and then crush all your feelings in the same moment, then this is the book for you! Also there are elephants!
I can’t recommend this book enought!
You can buy Fire Lines on the 26th September 2017!
*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*
Here is some more information about Cara herself:
Cara Thurlbourn writes children’s and young adult fiction. ‘Fire Lines’ is her first novel and it’s a story she’s been planning since she was fifteen years old. Cara has a degree in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. She lives in a tiny village in Suffolk and has worked in academic and educational publishing for nearly ten years. Cara blogs about her author journey and in November 2016 she crowdfunded her first children’s book. 10% of its profits are donated to animal rehoming charities. Cara plans to write at least two more books in the Fire Lines series, as well as a young adult mystery series, and has lots more children’s stories waiting in the wings. You can sign up for Cara’s newsletter, for giveaways, updates and latest releases, here: http://www.firelines.co.uk
Twitter: Cara Thurlbourn
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