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We Set the Dark on Fire

(We Set the Dark on Fire #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  106 reviews
In this daring and romantic fantasy debut perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Córdova and Anna-Marie McLemore, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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Elise (TheBookishActress)
holy shit this looks awesome I'm here for the kickass latinx wlw
mahana ✩
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. Even
Emily May
Dec 29, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, young-adult

ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🔥
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
Rachel Strolle
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as lost-interest
Nothing about the blurb sounds interesting or new, but 4 starred reviews? Can't resist...
Jan 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Preorder in!
Let the waiting game begin...

*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.
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
I'm a simple person...
I see a Latina main character, I press TBR
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
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
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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
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a real early draft and it was magic then and from all accounts has only gotten better. I can't waaaaaittttt.

Update 12/13/2018: it has gotten better. This is a story of immigration and revolution and family. Tehlor’s written something gay and special I think.
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 her napkin
Traci Chee
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this gorgeous fantasy, Tehlor Kay Mejia showcases dynamic women who defy expectations, break conventions, and fight, love, and exist in a myriad of beautiful, complex ways as they burst free of the cages society has built for them. WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE is a vivid tale of political intrigue, power, and resistance that will thrill the hearts of readers.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Do yourself a favor, and be sure to read the author's note in this one! Sets up the whole book in such a marvelous way, and why this book is such a timely read.

The Things I Liked:

•The characters were incredibly sympathetic. Even at the start, when they're making choices I'd rather they didn't (in some cases), I still fully understood why they were doing it. They had backstories that
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
I really, really enjoyed this. The subject matter is timely and upsetting and rage-inducing, but there’s also two Latinx girls kissing, so. I need book two... now.

Full review coming closer to release!
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I adored Dani from the beginning. Fiercely loyal to her family, committed to her role as a Primera, and terrified of her past secrets. We Set the Dark on Fire is passionate, gripping, and a book that will surprise you with its depth. There's rebellion, forbidden love, and personal growth. You'll want to go ahead and pre-order the sequel as soon as you finish the first. I can't sin
Vicky Who Reads
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drcs
this was really really good!!
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
Dec 28, 2018 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
I love this cover by the science part of me is screaming about how it's physically impossible to set the dark in fire
Michelle Arredondo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful cover....fantastic book....I wasn't even that upset that my copy of this book arrived in my hands beaten and battered from bad package handling. I wanted to read this book. I jumped right into it.....and I enjoyed every single moment of it.

Author Tehlor Kay Mejia brings us a phenomenal story....the kind that will stay with you well after completing it. The kind of book that forces you to feel it for thought...deep contemplation...excitement and great sadness w
Jul 09, 2018 marked it as arc-tbr  ·  review of another edition
The first in a sizzling fantasy duology from debut author Tehlor Kay Mejia, We Set The Dark On Fire is a boldly feminist look at freedom, family, and fighting the power.

i'm very here for this. thanks to the publisher and edelweiss for the arc!
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
I am immediately drawn into this book because of the forbidden love trope. The concept is so intriguing and the cover is just so pretty. It also sounds a bit like The Handmaid’s Tale with its polarized society. Looking forward to finding out more about this one in the spring!
Melanie (bookswritinghappiness)
I received a digital ARC of this book through Edelweiss thanks to HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

I added this book to my TBR list a little over a month ago because I thought the premise sounded cool and I absolutely loved the cover. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t judge the book by its cover, but it’s really beautiful. I wasn’t expecting to read it before release day, but when I saw that the digital ARC was available on Edelweiss, I figured I’d give it a shot and request it. To my surpr
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, arcs
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book is what obviously drew my attention - a school where girls are trained to be perfect high-society wives while the rest of the population is having trouble living. But there's actually so much more to this story; there's a forbidden relationship, the religious undertones, a revolution brewing backstage, a lot of social commentaries, especially on the
☙ percy ❧
Feb 16, 2017 marked it as tbr-unreleased  ·  review of another edition

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w h a t t h e f u c k b u t i n e e d i t N O W
Kourtni R.
Jan 13, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
I can't believe I have to wait until 2019 to read this.
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
*stares up at the ceiling for a full hour after finishing it* i have to wait so long for the next book [full review to be posted in december]
Rating: 5/5 Stars
We Set the Dark on Fire (WSTDOF) was added to my To-Read list on February 2018. Adding books to my To-Read list on Goodreads is something of a second nature to me; I know I’m never gonna read the thousands of books in that list, but I love the encouragement of knowing that these books are there if I want to read them. Sometime af
The only thing I did not love about this book was that I was half-way through before realizing it was a duology and now I have to wait for the second book.

On the Island, there are the privileged and those who aren't privileged. But, if you play the system a bit, you can rise above your status and become an elite. This is what happened to Dani, whose parents sacrificed everything for her to attend the Medio School for Girls, where she trained to become a Primera, one of the two wives a man of sta
Full review can be found on my blog here!

This book was nothing short of amazing. It’s an unsettlingly prescient read for the current state of the U.S. government—it’s literally about wall-crossing /illegal/ immigrants—and really fitting read. We Set the Dark on Fire has everything: a forbidden sapphic relationship, religious undertones, revolution, political intrigue, an unexpected betrayal, personal growth, and heartwrenching moments. Any literature piece about smashing the patriarchy is bound
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Tehlor Kay Mejia is a YA author and poet at home in the wild woods and alpine meadows of Southern Oregon. When she's not writing, you can find her plucking at her guitar, stealing rosemary sprigs from overgrown gardens, or trying to make the perfect vegan tamale. She is active in the Latinx lit community, and passionate about representation for marginalized teens in media. You can find her on Twi ...more

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