Sunday, June 19, 2016

Review of The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs

Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything. 

Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan’s eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about? Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but she can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins’ machinations? The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink—and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.


The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs is a brutally honest look into how common school shootings and other violent acts have become in this day and age.  It tells the story of seven teenagers whose lives become intertwined after a terrible plan is set in motion. This book is important because it sheds light on the very real issue of gun violence as well as school shootings. This book is one that absolutely should be required reading for high school students across this country because it raises awareness about a serious problem that has been occuring in high schools all over this country. It's sad and scary but at the same time honest and real.

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