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Cameron, Sharon. Rook.

5Q * 4P * S Cameron, Sharon. Rook. Scholastic, 2015. 464p. $17.99. 978-0-545-67599-4.

In this stunning homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel, sixteen-year-old Sophia looks like a high-society debutante engaged to an equally foppish young man, but she hides a secret identity. As the Rook, Sophia saves innocents from the guillotine and stirs up trouble for the people in power. Her career as a revolutionary runs into trouble when she discovers that her fiances rakish facade disguises his true character. Sophia must place her trust in the right places or a final dungeon rescue will either free those she loves or end her life.

Author of The Dark Unwinding (Scholastic, 2012/VOYA August 2012) and an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee, Cameron modernizes the original tale of derring-do. She places the story in the distant future where disaster resets civilization to the Regency period. This world contains amusing tidbits about the ancients, addicted to their technology and plastics, and is totally different from Sophies technophobic world, where even clocks are outlawed. Cameron uses multiple vantage points to build tension as Sophia and her compatriots struggle through the French Revolution, starring a memorably mad LeBlanc as Robespierre. After world building, character development, and action sequences, it would seem a love triangle might overwhelm the story. Instead, Camerons shrewd use of romance acts as another weight to pull the plot even tighter. For fans of historical adventure featuring intrepid heroines, it just does not get any better.--Jessica Atherton.

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Author:Atherton, Jessica
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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