Lauren Kate is an evil, evil woman. It took me almost one hundred pages to get into Fallen, but once I did there was no going back. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because I had to finish this book! The names of the characters are a bit tongue- in- cheek, and there are definitely a number of unanswered questions—like what Cam and Daniel meant at the end of the book…or what so many (insert spoiler here) were doing at the Sword & Cross school when they had no place being there…or why Luce is so important to both sides of the fight—that hopefully will be answered in the next book, but there was a rare, addictive quality that overshadows those bits.
The plot of Fallen is unveiled in stages. First, we are introduced to a young woman, Lucinda Price, who has fallen (haha) on some hard times. She is sent to a boarding school where she is instantly drawn to Daniel Grigori, an absolute jerk, and Cam Briel, a friendly bad-boy. In the second stage, we see forces at work behind the scenes. Some students are more than they seem, and Luce must rely upon her gut as to whom she can trust and whom she cannot. In the final stage, the main conflict is revealed and the scene for a sequel is set.
At first, I thought I was in for another young adult story about a girl who is torn between two boys. Cam and Daniel are polar opposites, and I can relate to Luce’s reluctance to choose one: Cam is dark yet lively, while Daniel is light yet brooding. The manner in which Luce is pulled to Daniel and her feelings toward Cam are what makes these characters unique and makes this triangle so enjoyable. Before the end of the book, Luce makes her decision and she is honest and open with both boys about it. I love this because it shows younger readers that even when you are torn, you have to be mature and do what is best for everyone.
My only true complaint about this book lies in spoiler territory, so I will try to be very careful. A character whom I grew to love was killed. He/she could have been given a different ending. This character could have gone to a different school, or Luce could have cut all ties for the character’s own good. Instead, he/she was killed. I do not think it was necessary and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I still love this book and think that it deserves a thousand endorsements, but I wanted to mention this because it affected me deeply.
With that said, I also respect Lauren for having the guts to kill off a main character. Many authors do not, mainly because of what I said above, but that should not stop them. If it seems right to kill a character, it should be done. After all, the characters belong to the author — we just borrow them.
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (December 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385738935
- ISBN-13: 978-0385738934
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