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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
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Oct 03, 2010

really liked it

** spoiler alert ** An interesting version of a classic fairy story line of human babies being stolen from the crib and replaced by a changeling.
It's the story of Mackie, a changeling, who, because of the love and care of his older sister, actually survives childhood. He has all of the normal (?) fairy weaknesses. He can't abide the touch of iron, which makes driving around in a car near impossible, and he alway's eats with plastic utensils. He is not being able to step on hallowed ground, which may not be hard to hide had his "father" not been a minister.
Mackie lives in a "lucky" town. A town which in the past (Great Depression) has somehow been blessed with luck because of the local "Fairy". The price paid for this luck...every seven years a baby is stolen, exchanged for a changeling, and killed in a blood sacrifice (something the town doesn't know or if they do, they certainly don't acknowledge. The changeling too almost invariably dies.
Mackie feels like a freak in this town, him and his family trying to hide the fact of his being a changeling. He has few friends and his social interactions can at times be hilarious (kissing a girl with a tongue ring almost kills him).
Because of various factors Mackie decides to stand against this tradition and seeks to rescue the girl kidnapped for this years sacrifice.
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