The Peculiars

Publisher: Amulet Books

Review

Lena has never fit in at home, with her extra long fingers, large feet and the whispered rumours about her goblin ancestry. On her 18th birthday she decides to set off into the Scree – a lawless land where anyone deemed ‘peculiar’ is sent to work in the mines. There she hopes to find her father, who left when she was young, and finally get the answers to who and what she is. Along the way she befriends Jimson Quiggley, a young librarian, the eccentric scientist Mr Beasley and the dangerously charismatic marshal Thomas Saltre. Lena’s quest soon turns into the adventure of a lifetime.

Set in an alternate 1800s this gripping story is filled with interesting characters and a twisting plotline that will keep you guessing to the end. The underlying themes of prejudice, segregation and the social fear of anyone or anything different can be seen in a historical light as well as relavent to society today.

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