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Before the Devil Breaks You: A Diviners Novel


Series
The Diviners

by
Libba Bray

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Imprint
Little, Brown
ISBN
9780316126069
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Discrimination: Sexuality
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After battling a sleeping sickness, the Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes—ghosts!

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Discrimination: Sexuality

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

AR

4.6: points 27

Lexile

HL630L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

41

JLG Release

Jan 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

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

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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

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