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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
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Jul 31, 2012

it was amazing

This book is about an underground world called Caverna and a girl who lives there called Neverfell who has a face like glass. That is that you can see through her, seeing her thoughts and feelings, simply by looking at the expression on her face, whereas everyone else in Caverna only have a set number of expressions, and if they want more they have to purchase them from a facesmith.

Neverfell starts the story as a 5-year-old being found in the tunnels of a recluse cheesemaker, her previous memories wiped, and for 7 years she learns the cheesemaker trade. But then she feels cooped up and gets out where she causes all sorts of havoc. This is because she is being used as a pawn in the intricate game that is played in the upper echelons of Caverna society. Yet at the end she outwits them all.

This was a brilliant book about a peculiar and well-thought out world, with peculiar and well-thought out characters too, like a Grand Steward who never sleeps because he alternates between using his left and right sides, and the Kleptomancer who gets his kicks from making the most audacious thefts. The plot is intricately weaved but fits together nicely, and all is written in beautifully colourful language.

A book not to be missed.
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