Monday, February 15, 2016
Author: David Estes
Date(s) Read: Feb 9-10, 2016
Pia, a sixteen-year-old girl, has always lived in a mysterious facility where her existence is controlled by mechanical strings. Apprenticed to her father, Gio, she soon suspects diabolical human forces behind what she knows as her reality. Will she be able to reveal the secrets of the Company, or will the risks she takes be too great?
I was gifted an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
There is a reason David Estes is by far one of my favorite YA authors. He has once again crafted a magical world that I want to be a part of. Sci-fi twists on fairy tales have become some of my favorite things to read...it's the reason I enjoy reading Cinder and books of that particular genre. Retellings with a spin crafted by the author are absolutely wonderful.
The gender swap of the traditional Pinnochio, by making Pia female was something that was refreshing. I love her Papa, Gio! Fig is absolutely wonderful as well! I just love it all.
Pia seeks to break free of her strings, however, in doing such she is forced to take so very many risks. She must navigate the dangers posed by Mr. Davis who obviously does not want her to gain her freedom and expose the truth of the Company.
I absolutely love that the book comes with it's own 'moral of the story,' like traditional fairytales usually do. The development of the characters throughout the story, the pacing in general are quite good and nothing less than I would expect from an Estes story! The plot twists and turns definitely are enough to keep me enthralled.
I will eventually have to lay claim to this one in audio as well, because I'm looking forward to hearing Kate Rudd read this fantastic story!
Thank you to David Estes for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book before it was released!