Series: Dark Metropolis #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on June 17, 2014
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Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.
Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.
Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.
Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.
“Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.”
When I was 16, there was this movie that came out called Dark City. The trailer looked so nouveau-weird and mysterious. It looked like the coolest kind of psychological thriller. I went to see the movie and felt more than a little confused but still thought the film was a cool concept. That’s what Dark Metropolis reminded me of. Both have the same vibe and mind-bending quality to them. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean:
I really liked the idea of this story and was intrigued by the above quote. The “1930s-esque world” is what caught my attention.
While I definitely got the feel of the 1930s, I also got the feel of post-revolutionary Russia, The Great War and Victorian and Medieval England. There were moments that I had no idea how to imagine the story world and I was a little frustrated and a little distracted by that. But I thought the plot was creative and that the story line was unique. Ultimately, that’s what made me finish the book.
I felt like the pacing could have been given a little shove to keep momentum going throughout the main character’s, Thea’s story arc and that being said, I had a hard time following exactly who the MC was. There is a good chunk of time divided between Thea’s, our understood MC’s, arc and a couple of other characters.
I definitely think the book is worth a read and I’m curious about Glittering Shadows (Dark Metropolis #2). Have you read Dark Metropolis? What were your thoughts?