Name of Book: Fallen
By: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House Children’s Books)
Copyright Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 271
Format: YA Fiction
Reason for Reading: Enchanting Cover
“If I leave, I save your life.” He spoke slowly, trying to reach a part of her that might remember. Was it there at all, buried somewhere? “Some things are more important than love. You won’t understand, but you have to trust me.”
Luce is sent to the Sword & Cross School, a Savannah Georgia institute for troubled teens–reform school, as it were–, after a mysterious accident wherein another boy is burned to death. There she makes friends with Arianne and Penn, and becomes as obsessed with the elusive Daniel Grigori as another student, Cam, seems to be obsessed with her. Luce also makes an instant enemy, the hostile stiletto-heeled Molly, who baptizes Luce with a tray of meatloaf and beets in the cafeteria.
While Luce and Penn try to unravel Daniel’s secrets, mysterious accidents continue to occur, including a library fire that takes the life of another student while Luce, Penn, and agreeable librarian Sophia Bliss manage to escape. But nothing and no one can be taken at face value at Sword and Cross School.
What I liked: The story unraveled slowly and deliberately, and, like Luce, I was still discovering things on the very last page. It left me very eager for the sequels, one of which I purchased and read the same day, and the other of which is due out later this year.
What I didn’t like: Really, there was nothing not to like. It’s a well-told story and it kept up my attention. I hope to read many more books by Lauren Kate.