How would our world be different if magic was discovered in our world? How would it reshape our world? This is the basic premise for Sarah Rees Brennan’s book, Tell The Wind and Fire. In it, New York has been divided into two parts. One part is controlled by the Light magicians that run the city; the other part is walled off and holds in all of the Dark magicians and their families, who are feared and considered dangerous. Lucie Manette grew up in the Dark part of the city and has only recently made it out of the Dark city and into the Light one. Now while on a weekend trip with her boyfriend, Ethan Stryker (the son and nephew of the leaders of Light New York), the two of them are rocketed into a series of problems that threatens to change the world as they know it.
I am truly conflicted about this book. Tell The Wind and Fire has a plot that I often found unclear and/or illogical. Characters at points did things that seemed to go wildly against their character and it is never really explained why they did what they did. More bothersome (to me, anyway) is that Lucie Manette is a very stagnant character. She talks a lot about all she has done and how capable she is, but she actually does very little in this story, and what she does do is not that impressive or interesting. She is plagued by fear and doesn’t overcome it until the very end of the story. Even then, at the end when she doesn’t really do anything. And when the story ends, it just kind of stops, in a horrible place and the main character ends it by telling us that she just somehow knows that everything in going to turn out great, despite how things are at the moment, and the world is going to be fantastic.
The thing that bothered me the most about this book, however, was the fact that this story was set in New York City. I would have been able to suspend my disbelief over some things (the fact that the National Government didn’t send in the National Guard when everything went to hell in New York City, for example) if this story was set in a truly fantastical world rather than one is simply a variation of our own.
That being said, I didn’t hate this book. The curiosity of how everything would turn out was something that definitely kept me turning the pages. While I didn’t like all of these characters, I wanted to know what would happen to them while in this situation. That interest pulled me through to the end. I just wish that there had been more of a wrap-up at the end of the book that made the journey a bit more worth it.