[[ Audiobooks ]] A Face Like GlassAuthor Frances Hardinge – Publitags.co

Original review posted on The Book SmugglersAna s Take Wowza, I don t even know where to start with this review There is so much that is so excellent about A Face Like Glass, I hope I won t miss anything of importance as there is so much to unpack.A Face Like Glass is just like Frances Hardinge s Fly By Night and Twilight Robbery sophisticated without being pretentious or boring, thought provoking and smart without being any less engaging, fast paced and just plain fun It features a strong read well developed female protagonist who has a superb character developing arc, as well as other equally well developed female characters be them allies or foes.In the underground city of Caverna craftsmen create wondrous things to those who can afford like cheeses that can you make you see the stars and wines that allow you to forget your worst memories To those who can t enjoy these marvelous things a sure sign of their status all that is left is a life of drudgery More than anything else though what separates the rich and poor is the faces they wear For the people of Caverna, unlike those from the above world, are born with blank faces and must learn how to make expressions the richer the person, the expressions they are able to learn and afford These facial expressions are taught by Facesmiths who develop catalogues like the the very famous Tragedy Range with face of utter sadness and despair.Its own tagline is unbeatable in terms of summarizing the plot a stand alone tale of deception, cheese making, betrayal and strategic amnesia And that s basically what happens in the book but against the backdrop of an incredibly thought out Dystopian world With a self assuredness that we so rarely see these days in Dystopian YA, the world that Frances Hardinge created is a meritocracy of money and good relations which has degenerated completely into backstabbing aristocrats that vie for keeping their power The lower class, the laborers that truly make Caverna work and run are thought to be happy with their lot and surely they do not need to be taught faces because why would they need them Thus, of course labourers are only taught a handful of faces to begin with, all of their repertoire part of a range of servile facial expressions This of course, shows the artificiality of this society the faces you are to make, the lies you can tell On the other hand, if you don t have a huge range of faces, how can you express your unhappiness if no one thinks you are even able to feel enought to warrant them Enter Neverfell A young girl who was found living alone and with no memories in the tunnels of one Caverna s Cheesemakers and became his apprentice All her life Neverfell was told to wear a mask when in public and she has believed that she had a horrible, disfigured face But to her utter surprise she finds out after becoming involved in a Cheese sale gone awry that her face is not disfigured at all What she finds out is worse her face is capable of fluid, natural expressions that show exactly how she feels Neverfell wears her thoughts and feelings on her face and that, in Caverna is the most dangerous thing of all But there are people that definitely finds such a thing to be useful and that s how Neverfell ends up becoming a pawn in a dangerous game of power.The progression of this story follows Neverfell in a character arc that shows realistic, slow growth For the first part of A Face Like Glass Neverfell is nothing but a pawn being moved from side to side and things happen to her But as she starts to interact with people and learn about the true facade of life in Caverna, the she grows, changes and becomes an active participant not only of her story but of everybody else s in Caverna Just like in this author s previously mentioned books, her heroine is truly revolutionary And the best thing about it She is allowed to be and to remain different And her growth and all the happiness and unhappiness that come with it show on her face There is an amazing scene toward the ending that gave me goosebumps when Neverfell finally learns the truth of how she ended in Caverna That was dark, heartbreaking and utterly devastating.A plot to overthrow the government, a thief with impossibly difficult targets, mapmakers capable of driving anyone who speaks to them to insanity over things like the twisted twistness of Caverna are also part of this fantastic story It is a work of art, this book It is beautifully written, it is clever and fun, it has social commentary both in obvious and subtle ways and a heroine who is totally awesome.Frances Hardinge s books are definitely on a class of their own A Face Like Glass is simply superb and come December, you will most definitely see it on my top 10 of the year.Thea s Take Everything that Ana said.Unlike Ana, this is my first foray into the works of Frances Hardinge but just like Ana s experience with Fly by Night, I immediately fell head over heels in love with Hardinge s work and now I need to read ALL THE BOOKS from this fantastic author.A Face Like Glass begins with whimsy, and, like a vein of deep blue green in the finest artisanal cheeses concocted by Master Grandible, this whimsy runs throughout the novel Whimsy, with an undercurrent of the sinister and the dreadful There s something very Lewis Carroll ian about this novel complete with a white rabbit leading our heroine out of the cheesemaker s home and into the strange world of Caverna , something similar in tone and skill to Catherynne M Valente s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, something reminiscent of the darkness in Neil Gaiman s Coraline and The Graveyard Book Like all of these truly spectacular, wonderful works of fiction for young readers, A Face Like Glass is written in unfalteringly whimsical style and tells a ridiculously imaginative story free from cliches, message making, or formulae And like all of these works, beneath the charm there is something truly sinister and biting about A Face Like Glass which we feel from the first time a character compares his granddaughter to a bottle of rare and powerful wine, as a tool to be used to protect the family.In short, I loved A Face Like Glass I loved it from the first, small human footprint left in a giant cheese, from the first mention of our heroine Neverfell and her great and terrible face that must be covered by a mask though we aren t told exactly why until much later in the book I loved the world of Caverna, a subterranean empire where babies are born not knowing how to express emotions these people must learn to craft faces and know when to adorn a face that matches the situation and they will pay very, very well to learn such skill from facesmiths In such a strange world, where every facial movement must be calculated and applied, the slightest misstep sneezing, pointing accidentally with one s pinky finger, looking into someone s right or left eye, spilling a single drop of wine means ostracism or death.For young Neverfell, who is curious, guileless because of her fluid face , and utterly different than those who have grown up in Caverna s stilted yes, even quite dystopian society, these rules are incomprehensible and impossible to follow So she gets into trouble A whole lot of trouble And she must figure out who she is, why she can t remember her past, what her tenuous links to certain characters are, if she is ever to fully be herself and not just a little mad Neverfell s blend of naivete and steel for there IS anger and frustration beneath her honest exterior is fascinating, and, like Ana, I found myself amazed by not only Neverfell, but the other characters particularly the female characters, like Zouelle and Madame Appeline.Needless to say, I loved A Face Like Glass, and I ve discovered a new fantastic, favorite author in Frances Hardinge Absolutely recommended, and in the running for one of my top 10 books of the year, as well. Rating 4.5 Stars A Face Like Glass tells the tale of Caverna, an underground city, much like Alice s Wonderland In Caverna, babies are born with the inability to show their emotions on their face and, as such, are taught how to mold their faces into expressions by wearing masks If that wasn t strange enough, Caverna is a land of magic although it is never seen as magical for the wines can erase your memories, cheeses can help you see the future, and perfumes can command your thoughts Into this world is thrown Neverfell, a girl whose every thought is shown visibly on her face As such, she is a threat to those in Caverna who fear the honesty of her gaze but also seek to exploit her innocence Neverfell is first apprenticed to Master Grandible, a renowned cheese maker who hides away in tunnels to escape the ruthless politics of the Court When Neverfell chases a white rabbit, with the original intent of bringing it back to her master, she stumbles into the world of Cavera and from there, her journey is every bit as crazy as can be imagined.I hardly know where to start when it comes to Hardinge s spectacular novel For one, let me assure you that it blew me away and, despite being a Middle Grade Fantasy novel, I found that it was every bit as thought provoking and intelligent as YA and Adult reads, if not better because of its subtleties, cleverness, and surprising plot twists Caverna is a city with secrets, a cavernous tunnel that changes ever so slowly and calmly watches over the people in her kingdom, all of whom are pawns in a giant game of politics Whether it be the powerful families who make the delicacies of Caverna and battle amongst each other in a quest for power or the Grand Steward, the ruler himself who has transformed himself in such a way that one eye is always open, always watching for betrayal, Caverna is a land where no one is safe.Into this world is thrown Neverfell, a naive and innocent child after having been sheltered by Master Grandible, away from the deceitful society of Caverna, all her life At first, the people of Caverna are unsure whether to be terrified of the raw honesty in Neverfell s face or simply use her to exploit their own malicious intent As such, as she passed around in this game of Court from powerful families to powerful leaders to powerful enemies Although Neverfell is initially very trusting of everyone, including strangers she meets, her resolve, good will, and resilient nature make her an engaging heroine, not an irritating one Further, as the novel wears on, her growth is gradual, both as a person and as a player in the game she has been unwillingly thrown into.While Neverfell remains the most fleshed out of all the characters in this novel, nearly every character in this tale becomes well developed with the progression of this tale and, best of all, the villains aren t all black and white, but rather multiple entities of grey In fact, seeing this world through the eyes of Neverfell, it is difficult to be sure, at times, if friends are truly enemies and enemies are truly friends In the midst of this political intrigue, Neverfell slowly comes to realize who she is It is evident that she is not a citizen of Caverna but rather of the outside world where, rumor has it, the sun burns off your skin As Neverfell has no memory of her childhood, of how she came to be in Caverna, this intriguing tale of political mystery is in equal parts a gentle story of growing up, of becoming the person you can be when circumstance forces you into dark corners It seems like a very dark tale at times, but rest assured that Hardinge always keeps the silver lining just within reach.Now, how else can I possibly express my love for this story It does lag a bit in the middle as the climax of the story approaches, but either than that small flaw, it is very nearly perfect in every way Once immersed into the world Hardinge has created, you won t want to come out and, when you do, you ll most likely realize that you ve gone just a little mad while in Caverna yourself A Face Like Glass is such a multi faceted tale, forcing you, as the reader, to not only join in on a world full of lies, but also to question the lies in our own every day lives Even than that, though, it is a tale of revolution and of flying free from control and power, whether it be in terms of social class or just escaping from the tight web of lies that this underground city runs on Either way, you can read A Face Like Glass with one surefire thought you will emerge from it changed, reflective, and itching for of Hardinge s writing, even if it means walking into the children s section of your library.Reviewer s Note It should be known that I am absolutely terrible at writing reviews for books I love I hardly know if what I ve written here makes sense, so allow me to direct you to the review of one who constantly humbles me with her prose Catie, at the Readventurer, convinced me to pick this up with her review and, without a doubt, she will convince the rest of you as well I cannot recommend her review enough.You can read this review and on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings. DISCLAIMER There is an actual risk that one of the patient s charts in my local ER will say by tomorrow,28yo female presents with symptoms of NyQuil poisoning, incoherently rambling about underground cities and glass faces Poison control contactedYes, this review is written in that febrile, NyQuil fueled fog of hazy clarity where the world becomes muted at its edges and yet everything comes into a strangely sharp focus, and brain mouth dissociation may reach dangerous levels.I wrote a final paper back in college with high fever and in the similar NyQuil daze, shaken by raspy cough, breathless with congestion I got an A plus on that paper I could not recall writing a single word of it Go figure And so NyQuil says This book is like a breath of fresh air, the gulp of fresh water from a mountain stream, a birdsong in the sunshinedamn birds, stop chirping, there are sick and grumpy people over here.It made me wish my future hypothetical daughter were real and present so that we could bond over reading this book, loving its every page An important lesson If you ever EVER decide to follow the white rabbitOh Neverfell, you should have paid attention to Carroll s Alice and that Neo guy of the Matrix fame , just know that your life will be altered forever Especially if the frantic rabbit chase leads you out of admittedly confining security of childhood into thelabyrinthine underground city of Caverna , wherelies were an art and everybody was an artist, even young children,wherenothing happened naturally or without planning,where intrigues and scheming is the fabric of life Caverna is the place where madness of the Cartographers, believe it or not is dangerously contagious Just remember this as you focus in survivingTrying to understand Caverna was an invitation to madness It draws you in You twist your mind into new shapes You start to understand Caverna and you fall in love with her Imagine the most beautiful woman in the world, but with tunnels as her long, tangled, snake like hair Her skin is dappled in trap lantern gold and velvety black, like a tropical frog Her eyes are cavern lagoons, bottomless and full of hunger When she smiles, she has diamonds and sapphires for teeth, thousands of them, needle thin But that sounds like a monster She is Caverna is terrifying This is love, not liking You fear her, but she is all you can think aboutYes, Caverna has enough literal and figurative fascinating twists to make me desperately wish for a sequel set in this universe It definitely provided me with enough fodder for those long vivid dreams you have when you are on the verge of just falling asleep or just waking up and it s awesome.Caverna is not a place for the faint hearted It s not a place that takes kindly to preserving innocence scheming and casual murder are your weapons of choice if you d like to keep on living What else would you expect from a place governed by an always awake leader with split personality, a place that produces exploding cheeses, mind enslaving Perfumes, memory wiping wine and captured birdsong in a bowl of jelly It s the place that has to rely on Facesmiths to provide you with a set of carefully crafted facial expressionsaccording to your status and income, of courseto convey what you want to convey without ever revealing what you are actually thinkingThe city grows, and not just through the effort of pick and shovel She has been stretching, spreading and contorting to make room for us all, and I think that is why geography no longer makes senseAnd now take this place where children know to bolt the doors against the assassins and sniff people to detect a trace of mind control Perfume and drop smack into the middle of it anodd and terrible child , a maddeningly naive and innocent girl without an arsenal of carefully crafted Faces a girl whose expressions let you see her innermost thoughts rendering her unable to lie in this cunning nest of snakes that passes for a society See what happens when she storms through Caverna like a little tornado just buckle up because it will be a bumpy rideHe contemplated Neverfell for a few moments through his freckling eyes Has it ever occurred to you that maybe you re sane That you ve always been sane That perhaps you re the sanest person in the city I hope not, whispered Neverfell Because, if I m sane, then there s something wrong with Caverna, something horrible and sick, and nobody else has noticed If I m sane, then we shouldn t be sitting around talking we should all be clawing our way out as fast as we canNeverfell, the girl with the titularface like glass , haunted by the secrets of her past that were forcibly removed from her, suffocating under well intentioned constraints put on her for her safety and therefore insulated from the scheming on which Caverna society relies from the earliest years, is very ill equipped for survival here The only way she can play the never ending Court games is by being used as a pawn and there s no shortage of chessmasters wanting to use her just for thatI lied to you and it was easy, because you believe everybody means what they say Everyone s lying to you, Neverfell Everyone And you can t tell, because you re just not very bright when it comes to people Brighten up fast, or you re done forShe is unrestrained, wide eyed, excitable, naive and irritably innocent even she can see that at times she s quite annoyingIt was all very well being told that she could do nothing to make things better Neverfell did not have the kind of mind that could take that quietly She did not have the kind of mind that could be quiet at all In many respects, poor Neverfell s overactive mind had coped with her lonely and cloistered life in the only way it could It had gone a little mad to avoid going wholly mad To break up the dreary repetition of the day it had learned to skip unpredictably, to invent and half believe, to shuffle thoughts until they were surprising and unrecognizableAnd yet as we see her scrape her tender trusting soul on the rough edges of her world and grow some tougher protective scabs on her abraded sensitivity, as we see her learn and mature and take responsibility, we realize that the little overexcitable brat with Pippi Longstocking like red pigtails andthe attention span of a summer addled gnatdid that very annoying things she s always been good at managing to turn us into her friendsWhat don t I understand I know you ve been lying to me, probably about lots of things And I know there are probably plans inside plans inside plans, and I m just a pawn, and that s all I ever was Even back when we first met And it doesn t matter, because you re my friend You re my friend and you re in trouble All this while you ve been miserable, and I ve been too stupid to noticeThis book had a few concepts that, like the Cartography induced madness, played with my brain, trying if not to break it, then at least bend it into newperhaps, Caverna likeshapes not that common in books clearly aimed at children It broke a few tropes, too a blond pretty rich girl may nit necessarily be an embodiment of evil a connection and warmth felt at the first glance may not lead to trust and friendship a warm and genuine expression may hide a soul behind it so ugly that you cannot help but shudder and overcoming being just a pawn in the games of others may lead you to an unpleasant surpriseFor Neverfell, it is as if other people are part of her When she believes they are in pain, it hurts her, like a wound in a pretend limbAll I can say I want of Caverna, even without Neverfell I want to see its madness again, I want to feel its soul, I want to look into the eyes of the Kleptomancer and see what looks back at me In short, dear Frances Hardinge, if I m really reallyand I mean reallygood this year, can I at some point expect a sequel in my Christmas stocking that I m willing to hang up just for this occasion P.S Catie was the one who inspired me to read this lovely book and here is the link to her lovely review that is truly a work of literary art. Wow, I adored this Miss Hardinge s writing and imagination are SUBLIME Now, to go find everything on her back list. Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher, ABRAMS Kids, via NetGalley for an honest review Opinion WHEW Listen up guys, because this is one book that NEEDS to be noted and fawned over It draws you in You twist your mind into new shapes You start to understand Caverna and you fall in love with her Imagine the most beautiful woman in the world, but with tunnels as her long, tangled, snake like hair Her skin is dappled in traplantern gold and velvety black, like a tropical frog Her eyes are cavern lagoons, bottomless and full of hunger When she smiles, she has diamonds and sapphires for teeth, thousands of them, needle thin The Kleptomancer, A Face Like GlassNeverfell s story begins at the young age of five, when she is found by Cheesemaker Grandible after falling into a vat of his curdling Neverfell milk After rescuing her and taking one look at the young girl, Grandible notices the differences in the young child, covers her face with a mask, takes her in and appoints her as his apprentice After some seven years later, Neverfell is accustomed to her life as a cheesemaker But unable to remove her mask around other people or to leave the cheese tunnels, she finds herself fighting a curiosity about what lays beyond Soon Neverfell s opportunity to leave the tunnels presents itself, and she gets her first look at the world that she has been hidden from But her freedom is short lived when her mask falls from her face, and what lies beneath is shown to the people of Caverna Neverfell, unlike the residents of Caverna, is able to make expressions on her own without having to be taught As word travels of Neverfell, she becomes sold to the highest bidder Caverna is flushed with experts in dangerous and strange delicacies, and murder is just another game for the members of the court Pushed into a world where Neverfell finds trust in the wrong people, she struggles to find a way to protect herself and to recover the memories that she feels may be lost forever But most importantly, to find a way out of Caverna Caverna Woah This place is seriously vicious guys Do you remember reading The Hunger Games and being introduced to the strange people in the capitol These people were insane and followed bizarre fashion trends that made them both appealing and frightening Trust me when I say, the capitol has NOTHING on the court in Caverna These people are PSYCHOTIC They create wines that have minds and temperaments of their own, cheeses that can explode upon a slight bump, and strange foods that have creatures trapped inside gelatin Not only do they spend all of their free time trying to poison rival families or hire assassins, but they are unable to make facial expressions on their own The higher up in society and the better off you are, the Faces you are able to buy for yourself People of a lower faction usually are unable to have 1 to 3 faces, depending on their job titles How to prepare the perfect Cardlespray Wine One hundred and three years The grapes spoil if they are exposed to loud noises, so they are tended by a silent order of monks, and all the local birds are killed The fruit can be harvested only at night during the new moon, and must be crushed by the feet of orphans The barrels are stored deep in the earth, and only the softest, sweetest music is played to them, continually, for over a century And after all this, the Wine is fit to be drunk unless somebody throws it over a table The Grand Steward, A Face Like GlassNeverfell finds herself caught right in the middle of the chaos that is Caverna The people of the court are all trying to get her hands on her for personal benefit, she cannot remember her past, and there is a strange person labeled the Kleptomancer running around Caverna stealing incredible objects with no apparent motive I felt so horrible for young Neverfell throughout this story, and it was honestly staring to feel like something out of A Series of Unfortunate Events Her innocence started to become her downfall, and it was heartbreaking to see her trust in so many people that proved to be using her in a game much larger than her Her character grows a great deal in this story however, and I really enjoyed who she becomes She still has her morals and good intentions, but acquires a cunning and righteous personality by the end of the story Not only does Neverfell work to help herself be free of Caverna, but she fights to free those who have no voice at all.The writing in this story is AMAZING, and I can t wait to start reading other books by Frances Hardinge She writes with an amazing creative and descriptive style, and it almost feels like poetry after a while She PERFECTLY set the scene for Caverna as being a dark and curious place, one that can both thrill and kill a person I thought the entire idea for having a civilization underground was amazing, but one where the characters aren t able to make their own facial expressions GENIUS I seriously couldn t get enough of this story, and I am wishing it was a full blown 20 book series This is one of those stories you wish would make it to the big screen because of how dazzling it looks in your head, but one you fear they will completely ruin like they usually do All in all, I LOVE this story I have nothing negative to say, not one thing I can t help but give this book 5 stars, which I hope will lead to many of you going and purchasing this story RIGHT AWAY It is the perfect amount of fantasy and science fiction, and a great read that will twist your mind into two This book is suitable for all ages, but the youngest I would say is Teens because the writing could get a little confusing for a younger audience. A wonderful middle grade fantasy with an innocent protagonist let loose in a jaded stratified society like a ferret in a giant domino lineup.Neverfell has been brought up secluded from the rest of the underground magical city of Caverna She thinks the horror her craftmaster expresses when he sees her face is because she s ugly, but it s not Her face has what no other face in Caverna has unrehearsed expressions With a Face like glass everyone can immediately see what she s thinking, when all other people have to learn a careful repertoire of Faces to express their emotions This makes it impossible for her to lie, and as this city is built on every kind of lie, an honest person is a disaster.This is younger than I normally read, and the stuff I do read from this age group tends to be the standouts the Fairyland books by Catherynne M Valente, Harry Potter, Un Lun Dun I happily report that this book fits well into such company.Neverfell s innocence makes her a wondeful character who can border on the annoying, but she s a little bit mad , and that evens her out well There s constant growth in her and her allies, even when you re not entirely sure they are allies. DNF 34% Idk why I haven t officially dnfed this book yet haha I decided I wasn t going to finish a few months ago this book was just too weird and disturbing for me I have no interest in finishing it. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum I really wish I had read this book sooner, because in a word, it s amazing Sitting in that much needed place between Middle Grade and Young Adult, A Face Like Glass is a coming of age novel about a younger protagonist, but the challenges she must deal with are no less difficult or complex.Our protagonist Neverfell was just a child when she was found practically half drowned in a vat of curds by Master Grandible, Caverna s foremost maker of fine, magical cheeses But as soon as the cheesemaker cleaned off the little girl and looked at her face, he could tell something was seriously wrong From that moment on, he has instructed Neverfell to always wear a mask in public, though he refuses to tell her the real reason why, letting her believe she is hideous and disfigured.For years afterward, Neverfell trains with Grandible as his apprentice, learning all about the ways of Caverna and cheese making since she herself has no memory of who she was or where she came from Caverna, as its name would suggest, is a huge underground city made up of tunnels Skilled craftsmen like Grandible create all sorts of things with fantastical properties to sell to the court, like cheeses that can bring on wondrous visions, perfumes that can influence the emotions of others, wines that can make you forget your worst memories, and much.Then there are also the special artisans called Facesmiths, for unlike the people who live in the world above, citizens of Caverna are born with blank faces and no natural instinct to form facial expressions This is where a Facesmith comes in, developing and teaching new expressions to those who can afford his or her services The richer you are the facial expressions you can learn, while the poor, like the laborers and drudges, are only taught a few to get them through a life of servitude.Because so much can be gleaned about your social status from the number of faces you can wear, this leads to much demand for Facesmiths among the court, and likewise, a Facesmith who can develop the most unique catalogues will also earn a lot of prestige So when Madame Appeline, one of Caverna s most prominent and skilled Facesmiths suddenly shows up at Master Grandible s one day, Neverfell sees the visit as a chance to change her own fate Appeline is in need of a favor from Grandible, but in spite of the cheesemaker s initial refusal, Neverfell is convinced that she can make her master change his mind, unaware that she is meddling in dangerous matters she doesn t understand.Everything about this novel is pure imagination and magic, and needless to say, I loved every moment While there is a strong emphasis on the whimsical, I thought it was applied in just the right amount, without becoming overly silly or distracting Every page was filled with new and interesting ideas, from the oddly precise sleep cycles that citizens of Caverna must keep due to living in the tunnels to the absurd rules of etiquette that the city elites must follow This is one strange world, where society is strongly shaped by the fact that its people are born with the inability to form facial expressions naturally Considering the huge range of emotions that that can be expressed through facial cues, just thinking about how every single little facial movement has to be slowly and painfully measured and applied well, the consequences of it are staggering One tiny miscalculation or a sudden muscle tic can convey a different meaning and cause a scandal at best, or lead to persecution and even punishment by death at worst.I was also completely taken with Frances Hardinge s writing, which is so beautiful and clever I imagine she faced a lot of challenges for a story like this after all, how do you even begin to put yourself into the shoes of a character who has little understanding of the relationship between emotions and expressions Somehow though, Hardinge made it work Her descriptions are careful but also creative, utilizing unconventional methods to paint a picture of the way someone looks or to convey how they feel The story is also fast paced and addictive, and with surprises waiting at every turn, I can t say there was ever a moment where I felt bored.Perhaps most importantly, A Face Like Glass has something I don t often find in a lot of YA and MG books rich imagination and a shockingly original and unpredictable storyline, refreshingly light on clich or stereotypes Consider me a fan This may be my first book by Frances Hardinge, but you can definitely count on me to read This was so weird and good I couldn t help but love it Mel Alternate Cover ISBN In Caverna, Lies Are An Art And Everyone S An ArtistIn The Underground City Of Caverna The World S Most Skilled Craftsmen Toil In The Darkness To Create Delicacies Beyond Compare Wines That Can Remove Memories, Cheeses That Can Make You Hallucinate And Perfumes That Convince You To Trust The Wearer, Even As They Slit Your Throat The People Of Caverna Are Ordinary, But For One Thing Their Faces Are As Blank As Untouched Snow Expressions Must Be Learned, And Only The Famous Facesmiths Can Teach A Person To Show Or Fake Joy, Despair Or Fear At A PriceInto This Dark And Distrustful World Comes Neverfell, A Little Girl With No Memory Of Her Past And A Face So Terrifying To Those Around Her That She Must Wear A Mask At All Times For Neverfell S Emotions Are As Obvious On Her Face As Those Of The Most Skilled Facesmiths, Though Entirely Genuine And That Makes Her Very Dangerous Indeed