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We Set the Dark on Fire

(We Set the Dark on Fire #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  15,817 ratings  ·  2,544 reviews
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top st ...more
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Published February 26th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Really like the setup and appreciate the F/F relationship and Latinx representation; the concept here has a lot of potential (an arrogant straight man has two wives who fall in love with each other instead… we love to see it). Unfortunately I found the romance developed way too quickly and the rebellion to be handled in a flimsy manner (the main character’s role was mostly just conveniently overhearing important information at the right time lol).
may ➹
imagine being a weak straight man and your two wives don’t love you, and instead fall in love with each other. instantly crushed

Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5-stars rounded up**

At The Medio School for Girls, young women are prepped for one of two roles within their future husband's household: Primera or Segunda.

Before you get too excited, let me just say, these aren't highly challenging positions, but rather socially-assigned womanly roles.

Beauty or brains, those are the choices because apparently you can't be both, or neither for that matter.

A Primera essentially handles the business required for a functioning household, while the Segunda ta
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
what would you do if 🤔 we kissed 🧐😗 under the roof 🤭😳😳 of the rich guy we’re both married to 🙈🙈🤫😛 and we’re both girls? 😜😘😳😳😱🤭
Elle (ellexamines)
Who is attacking, and who is dying?

4 1/2 stars. We Set the Dark on Fire follows Dani, a girl being trained in the art of being a wife. In the inside of the wall, men each have two wives: Primeras run the house, while Segundas are the childbearers. On the outside, people live in poverty. Dani is an interloper, and when a resistance fighter threatens her with this information, she’s forced to use her primera status to spy. All the while, though, she is falling for her home’s segunda, h
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an ‘okay’ read. A school set up to prep girls for a life of ‘wife’- catch being, you’re not the only wife. Two enemies get placed in the same government officials home. As the ‘wives’ one is there for brain/support the other is there to be arm candy. Sounds interestingly chauvinistic, right?! 🤨 Well of course there’s some corruption with the government, which results in some spy action. 🤫 This ends on a cliff hanger.... and I honestly can’t say I’m hankering to see what happens next. My ...more
How cruel is it to promise a forbidden wlw romance and an internal struggle between a deep-seated yearning for equality and parents' sacrifice for privilege hardly anyone else has the opportunity to reach for... and then not execute it in an interesting way? I wanted to scream, but I yawned instead.

Dani is the top student at the Medio School for Girls, where women are trained to either become a Primera or a Segunda, the two types of wives each man marries. Primeras run the household, while Segun
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Harper Collins, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.


I cannot tell you guys how excited I was to receive an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss+!

SO excited.

So, when I started actually reading, I realized…maybe, this isn’t exactly what I imagined it to be.
But naturally, I kept reading…

And reading…




This was ALMOST my first DNF book of 2019.

Daniela’s family sacrificed everything they had to give her a better life.
Bang Bang Books
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Let's start by saying that I appreciate the representation and the timeliness of the topic but unfortunately that's all which is the reason for the low rating.

The MC, Dani, was nothing special. She was the typical character who wants to please her parents even if it means sacrificing their own desires. This character that we've all read a hundred times, rebukes the rebels or ignores them until she's confronted with the realness and joins them. IF YOU MUST WRITE THIS CHARACTER THAT APPEARS IN EV
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full review on my blog

Representation: Latina main characters and an f/f romance. According to the publisher, these are both ownvoices.

ARC kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a refreshing and original read that takes on so many prevalent issues in today's society. I hate comparing books, but if you like diverse reads with queer characters of colour that have the same vibe as The Handmaid's Tale (except Young Adult), then you'll love this. Ev
Trina (Between Chapters)
Fell victim to what I call "what's the plot, again?" syndrome where so little new things happen for such a long time that I had to keep re-reading the summary to remember what the book was about. BUT! It's a good set up. I just wanted more of the spy action and less of the same conversations and thoughts being rehashed.

I wasn't into the romance that much, although Mejia writes romance well. It was the particular dynamic between the characters of deep mistrust didn't vibe with me. I don't really
Emily May
Dec 29, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: young-adult, arc

ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🔥
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After following Tehlor Kay Mejia on social media for years and hearing some early buzz about her debut, I was highly anticipating this one. And, friends, let me tell you: it did not disappoint!

We Set the Dark on Fire is set in a world that feels uncomfortably close to our own. Medio is a world in which women are expected to conform to prescribed subservient role


... nothing. Literally nothing. The fact that it ended. The fact that I have to wait 8 months to read the sequel. Nothing.


- Tehlor Kay Mejia's writing is legit the prettiest thing. Li
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the concepts for this book are really good but the execution is….not it. the whole book is just a bunch of vague ideas mushed together into a book that feels very unsubstantial. theoretically, this book has everything: plot, characters, romance, intrigue, etc. and then you put it all together and get ~nothing.~

you don’t even need to read this book, you can read the blurb and that’s it. that’s the whole book.

☾the plot

this takes place in a dystopian world that is very misogynistic where
destiny ♡ howling libraries
1) I'm always going to be here for fantastic queer women of color

2) Tehlor Kay Mejia's story in All Out was so phenomenal that I feel an empty space in my soul begging for more of her writing
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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We all know Dystopian has had its big hype and it seems like it's not coming back anytime soon. But with WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE, Tehlor Kay Mejia managed to write a truly engaging, very timely Dystopian Fantasy that feels different from what we've seen before.

“'Women, I'll never understand them.' With only his Primera and Segunda present, there was no one in the room to laugh at his joke. While he was busy congratulating himself on it, Carmen shot Dani a look over he
rachel ☾
#2) We Unleash the Merciless Storm ★★★☆☆

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Dani (mc) & Carmen (li) are Latinx and sapphic; Latinx cast.

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*is no longer speaking to Tehlor*

Now that we have that out of the way, this is an unsettlingly prescient read for the state of politics in 2018-19 - like, it's literally about wall-crossing "illegals"and has a bunch of characters you'll want to rip apart with your bare hands and thank God there is some kissing in there.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars


I absolutely adore the MC in this one, she's so smart, resourceful, strong willed and confident, she doesn't let anyone step on her toes and her trust is very hard to earn! I also loved her LI (spoiler but not really: it's f/f) and the way their attraction and later on romance bloomed! I loved the urgency and intensity of it all!
I also LOVED how politically charged this was. It set parallels w
Scarllet ✦ iamlitandwit
If we’re not all free, none of us are free.

I'm looking forward to writing down my thoughts on the amazingness that is WSTDOF, but for now let me just say that. Ending. was. WILD. I seriously cannot wait for the next book and read what becomes of Dani, Carmen, Sota, & Alex...
kav (xreadingsolacex)
disclaimer: i received an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. this in no way impacted my review.

"I heard about men with big boots and helmets who would come in the night, step on your garden and steal your food, and make your parents disappear. I heart about a dark room with no windows where they'd take you if you didn't behave. Where they'd ask you questions until you forgot what the sun felt like on your skin. I heard about a wall so tall and so wide that if you wok
Jan 05, 2018 marked it as not-released
I'm a simple person...
I see a Latina main character, I press TBR
slay. SLAYYYYY!!!!
Review to come
✨    jami   ✨
“I just need to get out of here. I'm doing what I have to do to survive. I'm not signing up to set things on fire.”

This book was chosen by my twitter followers as my book to read this month and I actually ended up enjoying it A LOT more than I thought I would

We Set the Dark on Fire is a wlw, latinx inspired YA fantasy that incorporates modern-day political concerns, especially those emerging in the Trump era, and explores poverty, sexuality, misogyny and race and how these identities interse
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, arc, lgbt
. : ☾⋆ — 5 ★


ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Katherine Tegen Books and HarperCollins!!)

OOF, if it isn’t one of the most exciting, original, well written and gorgeously set up books I’ve read. it’s a YA The Handmaid’s Tale AND ALSO The Handmaiden all at once: a dark, forbidden sapphic romance with intensely vivd world building?? count me in!! and as if that wasn’t enough to pique your in
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Dec 28, 2018 marked it as not-released-tbr
I love this cover by the science part of me is screaming about how it's physically impossible to set the dark in fire

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Jan 03, 2019 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4, 2019, ya, starred-2019, fantasy
Nothing about the blurb sounds interesting or new, but 4 starred reviews? Can't resist... ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it

DNF at 83%

I just wasn’t feeling it anymore so what’s the point.

Kinda liked the GxG romance though. Nice touch.
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This book made me feel a lot.  Mostly anger.  But not at the book.  Just at some of the similarities to what we're seeing in the world right now.  

Dani came illegally over the wall into the legal side of her country.  She still grew up close to the border which is very poor.  Her parents got her papers illegally and did everything they could to get her into the Medio School For Girls.  In this school, the girls are prepared to be married off to prominent boys.  Dani is the top in her class.  She
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TEHLOR KAY MEJIA is a bestselling and award winning author of young adult and middle grade fiction.

Her debut young adult novel, WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE, received six starred reviews, as well as the Oregon Spirit Book Award for debut fiction, and the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award runner up honor for debut speculative fiction. It has been featured on Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and O by Oprah Ma

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