This book had me had “Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette”.
Let’s take a look at Glitter.
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101933704
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Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
Tawney Bland: This was a pretty unique book with mashups of contemporary and historical. Pike does a wonderful job and weaving an old world and new world together to give a different type of dystopian future. A corporation has purchased the Palace of Versailles from France and even though the outside is modern day it runs the palace like 18th century France with monarchies and that court attire but with technology.
So we have the employees that make the lower ranks of the hierarchy with the bosses as the nobles. Danica became a noble when her father inherits share of the company. But the glitter and intrigue of the court soon turn into turmoil when she is to be engage to the king. Desperate to get out of such an arrangement Danica does what she can to escape and that requires money. So she starts to sell a highly addictive drugs disguised in makeup, hence glitter, to the high elite.
Pike does a great job at developing the hierarchy and rules of this corporate kingdom. It was so intriguing. Danica was a great character and I liked that Pike gave her flaws and struggles. Escaping isn’t easy and warning there is a cliffhanger. Ah the dreaded cliffhanger. I’m not too fond of those endings but it seems they’re popular in most books. Overall this was a fast read with great imagination and descriptive settings.
Should you read it? Yes, a great historical dystopian that you won’t want to put down.
About the author:
Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.