We Set the Dark on Fire
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 polari...more
Before you get too excited, these are not 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 business required for a household to function, while the Segunda takes care of the more emotional sides.
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 ...more
I cannot tell you guys how excited I was to receive an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss+!
So, when I started actually reading, I realized…maybe, this isn’t exactly what I imagined it to be.
But naturally, I kept reading…
This was ALMOST my first DNF book of 2019.
Daniela’s family sacrificed everything they had to give her a better life. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
THINGS THAT WERE PERFECT AND WONDERFUL AND I LOVED
- Tehlor Kay Mejia's writing is legit the prettiest thing. Li ...more
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 ...more
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
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.
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... ...more
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...more
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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 ...more
"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...more
“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 ...more
I HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS!!!!! I'M NOT OK!!!!! SOMEONE SEND HELP!!!!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
I am 100% sure that I have 0 clue what is actually happening in the revolution rebellion. I just know there is one and that Matthieu is garbage. He is the only person I know how I feel about. Everyone else had me flip flopping chapter to chapter.
The concept/world structure itself is pretty sexist but it breaks down the women hating women plus the two main females aren't pushovers. They're quite develope ...more
|Challenge Corner: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia --> Starting March 20th 2020||1||4||Mar 04, 2020 06:27AM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA Fantasy Sun God School for Wives. [s]||4||17||Nov 12, 2019 06:52PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA/New Adult (might be dystopian), girl must choose to be a wife and bear children for a man or manage a man's household, academy training for girls, Handmaid's Tale but for YA vibe. [s]||5||27||Jun 18, 2019 11:04AM|