NEW SERIES ALERT! #Review: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1) by Josephine Angelini
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Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Published by: Feiwel & Friends on 9/2/2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Magic, Witches, YA
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About the Book:
Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.
Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.
Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.
But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
NEW SERIES ALERT! Trial by Fire is the first in a brand new series by Josephine Angelini. The new series is called The Worldwalker Trilogy and if the next two are anything like this first one, sign me up!
Our main character is Lily Proctor, a girl who is completely sickly, has a constant fever, sometimes has seizures, and the doctors have no clue what is wrong with her. Add that to the fact that Lily’s mom suffers from some sort of mental delusions and her dad walked out on their family, Lily’s life pretty much sucks. But it’s not all bad. She has an older sister, Juliet, who helps take care of their mom and her best friend Tristan, whom she’s had a crush on for, I dunno, pretty much forever. When it seems that things can’t possibly get worse for her, a voice in her head asks if she’s ready to give it all up. Lily agrees, and suddenly, she’s not in her version of Salem, Massachusetts anymore.
First of all, I love, love, LOVE the concept for this book. The idea is that there are an infinite number of realities, all running parallel to each other. Say you’re faced with the choice of whether to go out on a Friday night or stay home. You ultimately decide you want to stay in, but there’s an alternate universe in which you decided to go out. That version of you leads a life different than the one you’re currently living, because in that alternate world, you made a different decision.
The alternate world that Lily finds herself in is one that is both old and modern. There are witches, and magic, and scientists and doctors are being hunted down and hanged. Oh, and the alternate Lily, Lillian, is the evil witch ruler of Salem. Now Lily must find a way to navigate the alternate world she’s been thrown into, all while trying to find a way home.
For the most part, I really enjoyed Lily as a character. She’s feisty, and she’s stubborn, but she has good intentions. She can be naive at times, and there were a couple of times I just sat there like, “Really? Did you think that was going to go a different way?” But she also tries to do the right thing, and that’s kind of admirable.
My all-time favorite character was Rowan. I understood where he was coming from a lot of the time, and he tried to do what he thought was right, just like Lily does. However, he is far more logical than Lily is and that definitely came in handy at times. It does take him a while to figure out that Lily’s going to do what Lily’s going to do, and while it might not always be the smartest option, nothing’s going to deter her once her mind is made up.
The only thing that bothered me is that it was difficult to get a sense of how much time had passed. At one point, early on in the book, Lily mentions that she’s been missing from her world for 6 days, and I was pretty sure only a few days had passed. Also, I would have loved to get even a small glimpse at what was going on in Lily’s world while she was gone. What did her family think had happened to her? Were they looking for her? Did she just vanish? And while I know that Lily ultimately does want to go home, there are large parts of the book where it seems like she almost forgets? Like she gets so caught up in this new world she’s in, she forgets that she doesn’t really belong there.
Overall, I’m giving Trial by Fire 4 out of 5 controllers. Really well written book with a really great plot, and I’m really excited for the rest of the series.