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About the Book:
Girl of Glass; Megan O’Russell
Y/A; Dystopian Fantasy; 242 Pages
Ink Worlds Press (February 26, 2019)
Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.
The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.
Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.
About the Author:
Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.
Girl of Glass is one of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve read in a very long time. On par with Hunger Games, Megan O’Russell has created a gripping storyline that has me chomping at the bit for book 2, Boy of Blood, to be released (it’s coming out in April, I believe, and Thrice Read Books will be on the blog tour for it).
Nola is a typical teenager. She’s fallen in love and lost that love. She has a friend who has a crush on her, and of course, her mother is distant and just doesn’t understand… And then, the boy she fell in love with, happens back into her life on a fateful afternoon while her class is working in the Charity Center, feeding the *cough cough* “less fortunate” of the city outside the cocooned, sequestered, perfect world of the Domes.
At seventeen, Nola has to make some hard choices in her life, as the unjustness of the “Domers” treatment of those who live on the outside. All she has grown up with, all she has been carefully conditioned to understand is challenged as she faces starvation, sickness, and death that runs rampant on the outside.
And at the center of this harsh awakening is Keiran – the boy she fell in love with before he and his father were banished from the Domes for helping those on the outside. To further complicate matters, her long-time friend Jeremy, reveals his love for Nola, leaving her in limbo between the man she can’t have and the man who would give everything for her.
This was a really exciting read. Sam will probably also be reading (and doing a vlog, of course) this as well as Boy of Blood. The book does contain a few fight scenes, which are mildly graphic, but most readers shouldn’t find these too disturbing. Girl of Glass contains vampires, werewolves and zombies (oh my!), but Megan has altered their origins for the purposes of her story.
If you only have one dystopian novel on your list this year, make sure this book is on it!
Hello everybody! In case you’re new, my name is Sam. And welcome to Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, with short reviews to get your reading list started. Today, our topic is Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell, a dystopian novel whereas the best of the best survive within glass domes, and the rest, well, they make do with drugs that enhance their senses, give them supernatural abilities, yet also helps them to survive the toxic environment.
The daughter of a botanist, the girl’s name is Nola, is told that in order to find her childhood friend, she must go too 5th and Nightland. This throws her into a web of lies, and into an adventure that she isn’t sure that she ever wanted, Not only does she need to run errands to save the life of a little girl and to make it seems as though they kidnapped her, but she finds herself torn between two boys who love her very much: the vampire, and the guard.
Keep an eye, as well as an ear, out for the next review, Boy of Blood, which is the sequel, which will be released of the tenth of April, and Thrice Read Books is on the blog tour, so the review should come out very close to the time it is released. If you enjoy dystopian novels, vampires, and adventurous heroines, then this is the series for you! It gets 5 stars, and two thumbs in the air. Subscribe, check out the link, like, and enable notifications. I’ll be back next week. Bye!
Updated Sam Review:
Dystopian meets Twilight in Girl of Glass a story about life behind glass, a way of preserving life, or well, all the best aspects of it. Within the domes, only the best of bodies, minds, and personalities live in luxury and safety. Outside the domes, drugs that change you, change your body, your abilities, and all the failures that came with the drugs are barely surviving. For Nola, she has everything she could want as the daughter of a botanist. Until an offer comes across her path, the chance for more. All she has to do is leave the domes, and find Nightland, an underground group of Vampires.
She is told that all they want is some medicine for their leader’s dying daughter. If she doesn’t, she will have the guilt of knowing that she could have saved a life. If she does, and she’s caught, she will be marked as a traitor to the domes. Naturally, she makes the most sensible choice: she steals the medicine. Now, she has been tossed into a world of betrayal and danger. Love is hiding behind the least expected places, and familiar faces aren’t as familiar as she thought.
Girl of Glass is ensnaring and immersive and is a well written dystopian. Danger lurks in every corner, and it is very descriptive. If you enjoy dystopian novels and love triangles, I recommend this book, along with the entire series. There weren’t a lot of things that I found wrong with this story, and the entire series is pretty much one big book. A well-written series, indeed.
Buy the Book:
This book can be purchased in Kindle or paperback editions here.
Also by Megan O’Russell
Boy of Blood (book 2, Girl of Glass)
Night of Never (book 3, Girl of Glass)
Son of Sun (book 4, Girl of Glass)
Death of Day (Book 5, Girl of Glass)
Child Wound in Gold (Short story for Maggie Trent)
The Girl Without Magic (Maggie Trent, Book 1)
When Worlds Begin (Series Starter Set)