The Lost Conspiracy
On an island of sandy beaches, dense jungles, and slumbering volcanoes, colonists seek to apply archaic laws to a new land, bounty hunters stalk the living for the ashes of their funerary pyres, and a smiling tribe is despised by all as traitorous murderers. It is here, in the midst of ancient tensions and new calamity, that two sisters are caught in a deadly web of decei...more
"Well, what did I want, recognition? No, Hathin realized, I did everything I did because, well, I’m me."Frances Hardinge and her oddball magical fantastical stories that, far from the simplicity often expected of books aimed at slightly less wrinkled audience, are filled with thought-provoking multilayered and often ambiguous complexity, are undoubtedly my best literary discovery of 2013 so far. Her stories are soaked in belief that children's literature can in no way be inferior to that meant ...more
Still here? Okay, okay, keep going. But just know that I will be harping on about this book in various and annoyin ...more
This really really deserves an amazing review. I can't write even a half decent one right now - not until work is over for the year and christmas and all its madness has passed, and I can sit down and try and formulate words that might, maybe, come close to describing this book. Another read may be in order. (Another read is ...more
The island setting is richly detailed in geography and culture, and the characters are, as always, impressively singular. True to all of Hardinge's tales this story has some exceptionally dark elements, and delves deep into the relationships that bind people together, whether thro ...more
This probably sounds extremely clichéd, but reading a Frances Hardinge book is like entering a whole new world. Take Gullstruck Island for example: where consuming a certain type of fish allows one a glimpse of the future; where a beetle song is deadly; and where different peoples fight for survival, as the places for the honoured dead expand at the expense of the places for the living. On one small corner of the island, the Lace – who smile all the time with their adorned teeth and w ...more
It's young adult fantasy about post-colonialism. Also sisters, and secrets, and revenge, and people who can fling their senses hundreds of miles away, and ashes, and volcanic love triangles (Me: It has volcanic love triangles! My girlfriend: . . . Their love is so hot? Me: No, I mean there's three volcanoes. In a love triangle.)
It's a book that spends hundreds of pages teetering, ...more
I agonized a bit about attaching the "autism" label, because there isn't anything explicit in the text. But Arilou's bahavior, as viewed by Hathin, sounds familiar, especially the flapping hands. Likewise, although the story is set generations after the colonials arrive, we're given some of the first ...more
And for a children's book - what a smart conversation about racism. There's no "well you looked different and I was afraid and now I've ta ...more
This might not be as ...more
Entirely new. I said this like it was as simple as tying a shoe or picking a flower. Of course, it’s not that simple; it’s immensely difficult to be original. Just ask Nicholas Sparks and every Tom Cruise movie ever. Hey, even ask Shakespeare!
But in The Lost Conspiracy, Hardinge fulfills my age 17 requiremen ...more
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge was simply an uneven read for me. This comes across as a light version of an adult oriented fairytale. The writing is one the best part of this story as Hardinge brought this place to life. Hathin, the young female main protagonist is the star of this book and the only reason that I finished it. I loved this passionate, strong, fearless, and bossy young woman. She will be unforgettable.
I had problems with this book as after you reach the midway po ...more
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge comes highly recommended by Megan Whalen Turner and you can see her talk about the book here.
At 576 pages, this is a pretty hefty volume so I couldn't lug it around with me. I decided to start reading it last weekend because it was a long weekend. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish it. I spent my days at work, constantly thinking of the time when I could go back home and continue reading this story set in a lush, tropical island ...more
But its treatment of Arilou is a thing I think I can’t get past. At first I thought maybe Hardinge had set out to write a story about intellectual disability and just wasn’t doing it very well, in some places doing it very badly, which was problem enough, but having finished the novel ...more
Never mind that I’ve only officially read two Frances Hardinge books... I LOVE THE WOMAN!!
Gullstruck Island or The Lost Conspiracy as it’s called in some countries is a story of two sisters, as different from each other as day and night, who have to transverse their entire world to right a wrong done to them after their entire village was killed –murdered really- unjustly under false accusations. At least that’s the story in a sentence or two. In reality, Frances Hardinge cre ...more
it was my first ever hardinge novel and made me eager to read the rest. but that didn’t happen until a few weeks ago when i discovered libby and devoured all of hardinge’s novels one by one. they’re beautiful and strange and wonderful and i am blown away by hardinge’s imagination and creativity.
when i’d read all of them, i decided to re-read the first book i’d ever read by her, to see how it held up no ...more
Everything about this book is just right. The characters are wonderful and diverse (Jimboly is a villain I just loved to hate), the world is creative and fleshed out, the plot and pacing are great, the dialogue is wonderful, the descriptive language beautiful... I've now read all of Ha ...more
That's just the tip of the iceberg of the plot of this book. I am legit not smart or well educated enough to talk up all the ...more
Last week was the week for reading books I hadn't read yet by my favorite authors. Frances Hardinge is definitely one of my favorites. While I don't always love each individual book, I always appreciate them for the works of art they are. The Lost Conspiracy (Gullstruck Island-UK) is one of those books that swept me away on a tide of beautiful imagery and left me clinging to each page ready to know what happened next.
The Lost Conspiracy i ...more
It is still an excellent book. I suspect that part of the issue is that it suffers in my eyes in comparison to A Face Like Glass (as most things do).
The story is beautifully told. I'm going to start there. Frances Hardinge has a wonderful way of creating a world, one that strikes the right note between wonderfully strange while still being relatable in its familiarity. The world this book is set in is wonderfully imagi ...more
Frances Hardinge is a new, huge exception. THE LOST CONSPIRACY (also known as GULLSTRUCK ISLAND, depending upon which country you live in) was the firs ...more