Before the Devil Breaks You: A Diviners Novel

By: Libba Bray

After battling a sleeping sickness, the Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes—ghosts!

ISBN: 9780316126069

JLG Release: Jan 2018


Series: The Diviners
Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Mild sexual themes, Disccusion of racism, Discussion of homophobia

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Ghosts are taking over 1920s New York City, from the potter’s field of Wards Island to the burial grounds in Lower Manhattan to the Bennington apartment building’s basement. Some ghosts seek vengeance, some wish merely to be remembered, and some hint at promises made by the dangerous King of Crows. The Diviners (and the Diviners-adjacen Ghosts are taking over 1920s New York City, from the potter’s field of Wards Island to the burial grounds in Lower Manhattan to the Bennington apartment building’s basement. Some ghosts seek vengeance, some wish merely to be remembered, and some hint at promises made by the dangerous King of Crows. The Diviners (and the Diviners-adjacent) are fighting the ghosts, but they’re also fighting amongst themselves to figure out whom to trust and whether to protect or reveal their secrets. Jericho accepts Jake Marlowe’s invitation to his mansion upstate, hoping to learn what the industrialist wants with Diviners; Theta must contend with an old enemy; Mabel Rose cozies up to anarchists; Evie fights to stay in the limelight; Ling learns why you shouldn’t meet your heroes; and more. There’s a lot going on here, but Bray moves the overall plot arc forward while keeping the many, many subplot plates spinning and setting up plenty of conflicts to power the next installment. VERDICT Essential reading for series fans, this is a must-purchase for YA collections.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9780316126069

First Release

January 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 27;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 41;

Lexile

Level HL630L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Mild sexual themes, Disccusion of racism, Discussion of homophobia

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