About the BookPaperback : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250219426
ISBN-13 : 978-1250219428
Publisher : Tor Teen (October 27, 2020)
Language: : English
Shannon Price’s A Thousand Fires is a breakout contemporary debut―think The Outsiders meets The Iliad―that’s perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Veronica Roth.
10 Years. 3 Gangs. 1 Girl’s Epic Quest…
Valerie Simons knows the city’s gang wars are dangerous—her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautiful Herons to avenge his death—a death she feels responsible for.
But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.
Praise for A Thousand FiresPraise for A THOUSAND FIRES
“Brutal and beautiful, A THOUSAND FIRES broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance.” ―Heidi Heilig, author of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE
“Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A Thousand Fires gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves.” ―Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats
“Fast-paced… Vivid descriptions and intricate details bring San Francisco to life … A promising debut.” ―Kirkus
“A heart-wrenching tale… action-packed and intense… A fantastic read.” ―School Library Journal
The Outsiders is one of my all time favorite books and I of course love any Greek story (à la The Iliad), so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this book. And while A Thousand Fires does have some similarities between the two, it is its own story. And let me just say that it is a story that you won’t be able to put down! This is just one of those really fast paced enjoyable reads, plus it deals with gangs and aren’t those always really amazing stories to begin with?
Now, is this book on the same level as its two comparisons? No, but also thats because Price has her own style and her own story. And I really appreciate that (plus The Outsiders is a little too high in my books I love category, so it’s really an unfair comparison to begin with). I am kind of over retellings and I much prefer seeing a smattering of similarities/references throughout versus a near verbatim replay of the original stories. But this story was so expertly woven and I really enjoyed the plot within.
As with any book revolving gangs there are a LOT of characters. And that’s what honestly made this book stand out for me. The characters weren’t just thrown in willy nilly and mentioned for the sake of having more faces. They were well fleshed out and I really got to know and love many of them. And they’re all also incredibly real. These are characters that (probably more often than not) don’t always make the best decisions and are fighting to survive. And I love reading about characters like that, give me all the rough around the edges characters to baby!
About the Author
Her debut novel A Thousand Fires is a YA reimagining of the Iliad set in modern day San Francisco. She is represented by Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency and thanks her lucky stars that she is.
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