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Beneath the Shine

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  39 reviews
When a very few have everything worth living for, those beneath the shine will stop at nothing to burn it all down.

In a future United States where those who control technology control the wealth, seventeen-year-old Marguerite’s viral video propels a populist candidate to presidential victory on a platform of “tech for all.” But as the mouthpiece of the new leader determine
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Skyscape
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Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
4 stars. Another great story by Sarah Fine.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Beneath the Shine by Sarah Fine
Publisher: Skycape
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

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In a future United States where those who control technology control the wealth, seventeen-year-old Marguerite’s viral video propels a populist candidate to presidential victory on a platform of “tech for all.” But as the mouthpiece of the new lead
Trigger warnings: death of a parent, death of a friend, psychological manipulation, torture, suicide.

3.5 stars.

You guys probably know by now that I am 100% trash for The Scarlet Pimpernel. So when I found out that there was a YA dystopian retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, I was instantly sold.

And as far as retellings go, this one was solid. Percy was captured pretty freaking accurately, and while Marguerite is a very different character from the original, I thoroughly enjoyed the changes to
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
YA The Scarlet Pimpernel set in the future

I've enjoyed Sarah's others books so when I read the original decreption I signed up for this one. About half way through, I realized that it's a The Scarlet Pimpernel re-telling. It took me so long because the setting is quite complex and the first chunk of the book sets up a complicated political environment, new technology and the different characters. This bit set up is actually a bit clunky and the story and characters pick up after all of those e
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book, the world building is so realistic, everytime I was reading, I was lie OMG it could be us in 50 years, and it is scary.
The plot is very entertaining and intense.
Once again, well done
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting plot and characters. my 2nd kindle book.
B.A. Wilson
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, dystopian
That was not what I expected, in the best sort of way. The characters are truly different in this, and they let their experiences and emotions cloud their judgment at times, which leaves you wondering who is really right and who is wrong.

The story also has a lot to say about crooked politics, but all in a future world. I confess I'm tired of politics at the moment, but this kept my attention, as it was more about the subtle ways people lie, manipulate, or sculpt a story to their benefit.

Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Beneath … the Shine
BFF Charms: Eventually, With Benefits
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Politechs
Bonus Factor: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Factor: Politics
Anti-Bonus Factor: Needs a Glossary
Relationship Status: Concerned Constituent

Read the full book report here.
Jessica Donegan
I struggled with this book, but I think it may be a wonderful read for YA.

Problems I had right off the bat:
-Why is a teenager so integrated into a presidential campaign when she is not the daughter of the president? Yes we've seen single voices emerge during campaigns and help spread a presidential image, any yeah I can see this being a kid, but these people don't move to Washington with the president. They don't become part of the administration. This element of the book is never explained an
I salute you, Ms. Fine, I salute you! The Scarlet Pimpernel never was a big thing in Germany, so I only had I vague idea of what I was heading into, but maybe that was a good thing. Because I thorougly enjoyed this story. It is eventful, gripping and spot on in so many things. In fact Sarah Fine spins a tale mirroring how we can all end up in the future. The world she creates is fascinating and thought provoking. And I have more than a vague idea on whom the president featured in her book is mod ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A political techy book is not something that normally would have caught my eye, but I thought I would branch out. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a great book!

The cast of characters in the story are great - and I was drawn in from the beginning. On the first page I was drawn in just reading about combands, flying & talking cars, technocrats, cannies and vids. The story is primarily told through the eyes of teenager Marguerite - an average girl from Houston who was catapulted into the Preside
I've enjoyed this author, and just recently read "Uncanny" and liked it. While this isn't listed as a sequel, or even in a series (both appear to be stand-alone books) they are absolutely in the same futuristic setting. Cannies (robots/AI, and Cerepin ... a tech brain implant, etc) are the norm. Whereas "Uncanny" (I appreciated it's clever title more than "Beneath the Shine" ... not sure of the meaning there?) was a bit of a murder mystery, this was a more involved plot, and a retelling of the S ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

If only it weren't for the romance I would have completely loved this book! Sarah Fine is fast becoming one of my go-to authors. I've enjoyed reading every book I've read of her's so far and Beneath the Shine did not disappoint!

The characters were amazing, the storyline was riveting and intense and the relationship between the characters was lovely. Just the romance sprang out of nowhere. It was almost like it was shoe-horned in at the last minute. And this book really
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing

I don't know if I can truly describe how much I love Sarah Fine!!! Her imagination and skillful storytelling is a gift. I admit I was sceptical not of the storyline but of how she would end the book. This is the first "stand-alone" book I have read by her and I don't regret a single minute I've read. The story is frightfully possible with a touch of fancy. I highly recommend this book and this author, if you have not yet experienced her talent!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was an improvement over the first book I read in this world, Uncanny. Better plot. Better scenario. Still themes of a weak mother/strong daughter dynamic that was more annoying in this book than the first (too formulaic), but I really like the dystopian political thread in Beneath the Shine and think there is room for more stories in this world of Cannies and Humans. Worth the read.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this Kindle Edition from Goodreads. I wasn't sure of the story in the beginning but this story is really good. It's about in the future United States where things are controlled. People just want to happy. Writer has a very good story line. I recommend this book and want to read more by Sarah Fine.
Julie Schum
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will preface this with saying I'm a sucker for any Scarlet Pimpernel adaptation but I really enjoyed this one. It was a brilliant way to modernize and project the original into a... I won't call it dystopian but technology based future. Very well done.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took a couple of chapters to get into the book and figure out what was really going on. Once the pace picked up, it was an out of control ride! It’s a bit scary how easily people can get hooked on technology and proceed to lose control. Perhaps this could also be viewed as a cautionary tale.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
At 30% I started skimming; I simply did not care for any of the characters or the very slowly developing plot. I did read the very end and it pretty much ended up being exactly what I thought it would. Major disappointment. 😕
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dnf
I haven't had the best luck with Fine's young adult books but I am determined to try them all since I die hard love her new adult series Reliquary. This one for me made me feel a little lost and a little well stupid if you really want to know. This book is for the tech lover and although I do love tech this one is for someone who understands it a little more.

The story was very good even if it did make me feel a little stupid. It made me think of I Robot, a world where tech rules the world. It h
Mary  Allen
Won the Kindle edition on Goodreads, found it to be a delightful read, gave it to my 15-year-old grandson and he really enjoyed it. Good reads--
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I struggled through this one even though I love the story line (Scarlet Pimpernel). I just didn't connect to any of the characters. It was a creative retelling though.
Tina Dominguez
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved it!! I don't really know how to explain it, kept my attention read it on two days lol
Michelle Wyer
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I really enjoyed this easy read. I liked the characters, the techno related plot and the echoes of the French Revolution.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was completely seized by this futuristic novel. It's kind of scary to think that this could be us in the near future.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, better than expected. Didn't really live up to the cover art. It jumped around too much, was often hard to follow, and made too many leaps without support in the story line.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really don't think she quite got the idea of Percy.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath The Shine

Overall this was a pretty interesting book with some great parallels to modern politics (though, I must admit, I thought it was going to go somewhere with this that it didn't and that was a bit disappointing). One detail I really liked was how the main male character was really into makeup and this was largely treated as not weird? It makes sense, since it's set in the future. Anyways, a good read that I'm glad I checked out
Apr 18, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, own, kindle

I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully frightening. A tale of the to which length people in power will go in order to remain in power and the lengths others will rise to in order to keep their freedom. Manipulation, deception, murder, mind control and disinformation all come to play in this compelling story.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Mix teenagers with politics and add 50 years to today’s date, and you have Beneath the Shine. It’s an odd concept, yet somehow it works. 17-year-old Marguerite catches the president’s attention (yes, that president) after he sees a vid online about her dad’s suicide, unintended fallout of a political policy. They become such good friends that he’s soon “Uncle Wynn”, calling her up to gauge public opinion. After all, if it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t have nailed down that 18-to-24 demographic. M ...more
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