Author: Frances Hardinge
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (April 19, 2016)
Awards: 2015 Costa Book Award – Book of the Year
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Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed author, Frances Hardinge. It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge – called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen. Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot suppress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father’s journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter …
First off, let’s talk cover. When I saw the cover for The Lie Tree, I had to know more. I don’t know what it is about apples, but I’m a sucker for a book cover with an apple on the front. The peel with writing etched on it makes this cover look a little dark and mysterious. Seriously though, it is stunning.
This book was originally published in 2015, here is the original cover…
As much as I adore the cover with the apple, after reading the book, I think the original cover is a better fit.
I’m going to be honest here, I was apprehensive going into this book. This year, I had been working on trying to read more YA books, however I had read 3 this year and each one fell flat for me. I was starting to wonder if the YA genre just didn’t appeal to me…Am I too old for YA? I’m happy to report that this book restored my faith in the YA genre!
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