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Inglis, Lucy. City of Halves. Chicken House/ Scholastic, 2015. 368p. $17.99. 978-0-545-83054-6.

City of Halves is a world on the brink of disaster. Lucy is totally unaware of the mayhem swirling around her and how the chaos is related to her unique blood. Regan is her total opposite; his life is wholly immersed in keeping evil at bay. With a hovering father, Lucy has little unsupervised time until Regan rescues her from a marauding monster. Lucy starts of pattern of being saved by older, mysteriously tattooed Regan. In addition to a prophecy, girls are disappearing in the city, ghosts are being summoned en masse, and The Agency is on the case.

City of Halves is not like other novels despite marketing parallels to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. A host of characters that are no more than caricatures does little to help the overly broad plot coalesce into anything coherent or enjoyable. Everyone you meet is someone you might have met before but everything is just vague enough so as to not fully commit to anything. The entire book is confounding and nonsensical. Noone is terribly emotive such that dialogue is delivered with little flair and any romance is immediately squashed. The good girl Lucy and bad boy Regan couple is forced and only apparent to the reader when the author tells it directly. Much of the story is told instead of shown. Visualizing the city or its inhabitants cannot be done with so little description. It is impossible to imagine the monsters Regan fights, the city of London, or any other aspects of the world. The entire experience of City of Halves is mystifying but not entertaining.--Laura C. Perenic.

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Author:Perenic, Laura C.
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2015
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