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The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
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Aug 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: youngadult-fiction
Read in August, 2010

I enjoyed this story quite a lot and highly recommend it, despite a few minor after-thoughts. But I'm not going to address those (surely someone else on Goodreads will) or discuss the story's highlights, as there is something else I feel compelled to discuss!
The edition I read, published in the U.S.A. in 2009, disappoints in its design. The cover art is woefully misleading: the perspective and costume choice make the girl look like a tiny fairy creature in story for much younger children. This highly imaginative fantasy is not the childlike story one might imply by the cover. Instead, it will captivate young adults' and adults' minds with sociological intrigue. If they ever pick it up.
Additionally, the story lends itself easily to compelling, attractive design themes and would be well-suited for illustrated chapter headings...but there are none. And there is a more glaring omission. The setting of the story (the island and its volcanoes, as well as the culture and its views, customs and values) is a wonderful departure from popular castle and forest fantasylands, and a key to the story's appeal--but there is No MAP! I checked the end papers several times, hoping that I had missed it. Why were these elements overlooked?

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ooooooh i LOVE this book.

Jean I am loving it so far! In fact I'm trying not to race through it too quickly...

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