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Jessica Brody

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"This sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre"--

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Series
Brody, Jessica. System divine ; bk. 1.
Subjects
Genres
Science fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Simon Pulse 2019.
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
582 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781534410633
1534410635
9781534410640
1534410643
Main Author
Jessica Brody (author)
Other Authors
Joanne Rendell (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this inaugural volume in the System Divine series, Brody and Rendell begin their sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables, set in space. On the planet of Laterre, the wealthy live in garish opulence while the poor starve. Chatine is a thief who spies on the grandson of the planet's most powerful man; Marcellus, that very grandson, trains to helm Laterre's military; and Alouette is a guardian of Laterre's last library. When Marcellus' father dies, he leaves behind a message that can only be deciphered by Alouette. As the characters are drawn together, the rotten core of Laterre's society is exposed, plunging all three into the heart of a revolution that could reshape their futures and that of Laterre. Brody and Rendell's retelling delivers extravagant settings, lush world-building, thrilling intrigue, and characters that will stay with readers long after the last page. These elements more than make up for a somewhat predictable plot and will keep readers invested and hungering for the next installment. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up–In this series opener based Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, a thief, an officer, and a guardian come together in a shared destiny. Years before, the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre offered a last hope for survival and a new life for a wealthy French family. However, 500 years later, the elite class remains supreme while others starve. Whispers of rebellion have begun and cataclysmic events set in motion that bring together street savvy thief, Chatine; Marcellus, an officer who is grandson to the most powerful man on the planet but also the son of a traitor; and Alouette, who lives in an underground refuge, protecting the last surviving library on the planet. All three have a role to play and together they will shape the future of Laterre. The novel features detailed world-building as it explores themes of power, romance, and identity. It is a coming-of-age journey for the protagonists who must weigh what they've been told with some startling truths. The characters are complex; however, some readers may struggle with the sheer volume of just this first part of the story. VERDICT Readers who enjoy similar titles such as Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, the "Empress of a Thousand Skies" duology by Rhoda Belleza, and works of Kristen Simmons will find this first installment an exciting reimagining of Les Miserables.—Linsey Milillo, Lane Public Library, Fairfield, OH Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"This sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A futuristic reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together by the looming threat of revolution on a French planet colony. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This futuristic reimagining of Les Misérables recounts the tale of three teens from different backgrounds that all have a role to play in the like revolution on the French planet colony of Laterre.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“Not to be missed!” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles “An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution.” —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval seriesIn the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet of Laterre.A thief.An officer.A guardian. Three strangers, one shared destiny…When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.Marcellus is an officer—and the son of an infamous traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

'Not to be missed!' 'marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles 'An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution.' 'stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval seriesIn the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet of Laterre.A thief.An officer.A guardian. Three strangers, one shared destiny'When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it's now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.Whispers of revolution have begun'a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes'Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.Marcellus is an officer'and the son of an infamous traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he's vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years'and plunge Laterre into chaos.All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution'and together they will shape the future of a planet.