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A Thousand Fires



by
Shannon Price

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Tor/Tor Teen
ISBN
9781250301994
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Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Self-Harm
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Valerie Simons knows the gangs are dangerous—her little brother was shot and killed by the Boars two years ago. Still, nothing will sway Valerie from wanting to join the elite and beautiful Herons and find her brother’s killer. It doesn’t hurt that her best friend Matthew is slated to become a Heron leader—and she’d follow him to the ends of the earth.

Then Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags when their volatile, provocative, and beyond charismatic leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie races to finish the mission that got her into the gangs. But no one truly wins the Wars.Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Self-Harm

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 12

Lexile

HL630L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2020

Book Genres

Adventure, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Topics

Revenge. Imaginary wars and battles. Brothers. Death. Gangs. Families. Loyalty. San Francisco, California. Retellings of classics. The Iliad.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Booklist

School Library Journal

Debut author Price presents a heart-wrenching tale of a group of young adults in San Francisco who are trying to end the Wars between the three gangs of the Bay Area: the Herons, the Boars, and the Stags. A ritual happens in the city when a teenager turns 18: they might be drafted into one of the gangs to fight in the Wars. Valerie Simons struggles through the loss of her little brother, Leo, who was shot by a member of one of the gangs that run the city. Heartbroken and enraged, her mission becomes to join the Herons with her love interest Matthew, who is heir to the Herons leadership, to find Leo’s murderer. But the night of Valerie’s 18th birthday she is kidnapped by members of the Stags and is coerced into joining their group. Now Valerie must choose between two factions and two loves in her quest for revenge. The detailed writing style portrays characters’ emotions without overwhelming readers. Price manages to write a story not only action-packed and intense, but that also dives deep into serious subjects: cutting/self-harm, suicidal tendencies, grief, and resentment toward parents who aren’t around. The characters are all memorable and readers’ feelings about them will be constantly evolving. There isn’t a clear-cut villain until the very end, making the story unpredictable. Despite minor details that seem rushed, this is a fantastic read. Recommended for teens who enjoy urban coming-of-age stories.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Debut author Price presents a heart-wrenching tale of a group of young adults in San Francisco who are trying to end the Wars between the three gangs of the Bay Area: the Herons, the Boars, and the Stags. A ritual happens in the city when a teenager turns 18: they might be drafted into one of the gangs to fight in the Wars. Valerie Simons struggles through the loss of her little brother, Leo, who was shot by a member of one of the gangs that run the city. Heartbroken and enraged, her mission becomes to join the Herons with her love interest Matthew, who is heir to the Herons leadership, to find Leo’s murderer. But the night of Valerie’s 18th birthday she is kidnapped by members of the Stags and is coerced into joining their group. Now Valerie must choose between two factions and two loves in her quest for revenge. The detailed writing style portrays characters’ emotions without overwhelming readers. Price manages to write a story not only action-packed and intense, but that also dives deep into serious subjects: cutting/self-harm, suicidal tendencies, grief, and resentment toward parents who aren’t around. The characters are all memorable and readers’ feelings about them will be constantly evolving. There isn’t a clear-cut villain until the very end, making the story unpredictable. Despite minor details that seem rushed, this is a fantastic read. Recommended for teens who enjoy urban coming-of-age stories.

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