Book Review: A Face Like Glass

A Face Like GlassToday I finished another book for my online book club, Book Club Fiction. We voted for FFA Fiction (a “genre” which just means you can nominate any fiction book to be read) and the two books that won were A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I haven’t gotten to Howl’s yet, but during my lunch break at work today I managed to finish up A Face Like Glass.

A Face Like Glass appears to be categorized as a middle grade book, but I wouldn’t let that scare you away from it if that makes you skeptical. I thought it was really well written and the only thing that seemed “middle grade” about it was the protagonist’s age (she’s about 13 years old). Speaking of the protagonist, Neverfell is absolutely delightful. She is naive but for some reason it isn’t annoying. She is sometimes excitable and hyper and always very sweet and trusting, but where I might otherwise find this to be irritating, for some reason I just find Neverfell to be really cute and charming. The secondary cast is also great, from Zouelle to Erstwhile and beyond.

We get to learn about the (SUPER INTERESTING) land of Caverna slowly but surely through the course of the book, to the point where at the end I felt like I knew a lot about Caverna and the lifestyle of her inhabitants without excessive info dumps. Though honestly the world was so interesting I wouldn’t have minded, I think!

Anyway, I thought the whole book was very well written, had fantastic characters, avoided some annoying cliches, and just generally was super. I even cried a little, so it sneaked up on me and became a 5 star book toward the end!

 

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