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Revolution [Paperback]

Jennifer Donnelly
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3 Oct 2011
Andi lives in New York and is dealing with the emotional turmoil of her younger brother's accidental death. Alex lives in Paris and is a companion to the dauphin, the young son of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI, during the violent days of the French Revolution. When Andi is sent to Paris to get her out of the trouble she's so easily enveloped by in New York, their two stories collide, and Andi finds a way to reconcile herself not only to her past but also to her future. This is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful, evocative portrait of lives torn apart by grief and mended by love.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408801515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801512
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Revolution:

'Intelligent, absorbing and original . . . my book of the month - if not the year' (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller)

'A gripping if gritty read for teenagers . . . powerful, beautifully written and all absorbing, and on the way the reader learns a great deal about the Revolution' (Spectator)

'A sophisticated, crossover novel . . . This is a haunting, dark, complex mystery, leavened by flashes of humour, about the redemptive power of love and (in the other sense of "revolution") the ways in which things come round. This historical novel demonstrates that, however technology changes, good story-telling endures' (Sunday Times)

'Rich and ambitious . . . A great example of young adult fiction: beautifully written and thoroughly researched . . . there is an emotional vividness and a delight in story that will speak strongly to teenagers' (Guardian)

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Nominated for the Carnegie Award 2012

Two girls united in a quest to save a young prince, but separated by over two hundred years

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read all year! 13 Oct 2010
By Jess Hearts Books VINE VOICE
Revolution is the highly anticipated second novel for young adults by Jennifer Donnelly. I read and adored Jennifer's first novel A Gathering Light when it very first came out at the young age of 14 now 6 years later after a long, painful wait I got the chance to read and review Revolution early much to my delight!

At the beginning of Revolution we're introduced to cool, incredibly talented Andi a teenage girl living in present day New York. Andi goes to a prestigious private school for talented students and Andi's talent is music. It would seem that Andi has the world at her feet with endless opportunities available to her, it seems like she has it all, and she did but that was before her younger brother Truman died in an accident that Andi believes is her fault. Since Truman's death Andi's family has been slowly falling apart with her mother going insane and her father leaving the family for a younger woman who's pregnant with his child. Drowning in guilt and depression Andi turns to her music to express the thoughts and feelings she cannot say. Andi loses all interest in anything else but her music and risks flunking out of school because of it. Her father - oblivious as to what's going on in his old life - doesn't realise anything's wrong until he gets a call from Andi's school saying that if she fails her thesis she won't graduate. With her mother in a mental health unit and her father flying out to France to work on the mystery of the Lost Dauphin Louis-Charles, Andi has no choice but to go with him. It's in Paris that Andi stumbles upon a lost diary belonging to a girl of her age Alex who worked in the palace looking after Louis-Charles during the French revolution.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books 10 Oct 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
At the beginning of the book, Andi's story is one seen often in YA books - a teenage girl dealing with the death of someone close to her, in this case her younger brother. Trueman's death has deeply effected the family. Her parents have split up; her father remarried; her mother not coping at all well, spending most of her time painting. Andi herself only gets through each day with the help of medication and her music. She's failing miserably at school and because of this her father decides to take her on his business trip to Paris.There she finds a diary. The diary takes us back to the French Revolution and the life of Alexandrine and from this point the book switches back and forth between the two stories.

Donnelly's writing is amazing, with so much detail that I really felt like I was right there in Paris with both of the girls. The amount of historical detail and musical knowledge included is pretty awesome and, I'm sure, extremely well researched. The characters themselves were brilliant as well and I felt really invested in them, caring what happened to each and every one of them.

A highly recommended read for lovers of both Historical and Young Adult fiction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss At Times 20 Mar 2011
Jennifer Donnelly's first novel A Gathering Light , (US title A Northern Light), is one of my favourite YA/crossover novels so I was relishing the thought of getting my teeth into "Revolution" - 7 years is a long time to wait!

"Revolution" is a busy novel given that it encompasses so many ideas and themes - love, loss, family relationships, music (lots of music) and science including complex DNA testing. To complicate matters there's a dual time frame narrative with Andi, our 21st century Brooklyn girl and Alex(andrine) in 1790s Paris. Andi is a troubled teen, struggling to maintain an interest in anything including her demanding timetable at St Anselm's, an expensive private school with a cast of students who wouldn't look out of place in Gossip Girl or Beverley Hills 90210 for those old enough to remember! She and her parents are still traumatised by the death of Andi's younger brother Truman. Andi is removed to Paris by her father in an effort to encourage her to complete an outline for her senior thesis. The discovery of Alexandrine's diary, written in the 1790s, sets in motion a series of events which push present-day Andi to the brink.

Revolution is well written, it's very ambitious, the scenes from revolution-torn Paris are extremely vivid and the author has clearly done her research but...for me, it just didn't come together as a coherent story. Andi is teenage angst personified and has very few endearing qualities - yes, I know likeable characters aren't compulsory but somehow she didn't ring true for me. I loved Alexandrine and her account of the travails she and her family faced, her friendship with the young dauphin, her encounters with the intimidating Duc d'Orleans and all the sights and sounds of revolutionary Paris are there for the reader to savour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revolution 23 Nov 2010
By Dot
I only recently read Jennifer Donnelly's first book, A Gathering Light so I knew she was good. However, Revolution is not just good, it is brilliant, as with her first book I think it will easily cross over into an adult audience.
The book revolves entirely around the two main female characters who are completely believable, I felt as though I knew them so well by the end of the book. Andi is from present day New York, she is extremely intelligent and musically gifted. Her life and that of her family have been torn apart by the death of her younger brother, Truman. Andi blames herself, she feels her father blames her and Andi's mother is barely holding on to life and reality. When Andi's father gets a call from her prestigious high school about Andi's slipping grades, he steps in and places his ex-wife in a psychiatric hospital and takes Andi to Paris with him so she can concentrate on her thesis which she needs to complete in order to graduate.
It is Andi's trip to Paris that introduces us to the second main character. Andi is staying with friends of her fathers and comes across an old guitar case; she discovers that she can open a secret compartment in the case with a key that once belonged to her brother. The case is from the time of the French Revolution and it contains Alexandrine's diary. She was not trying to save just any boy but the son of Louis XVI who she was the companion of. The young boy is orphaned after his parents are killed and locked in a tower with very little care shown to him. Alexandrine describes in her diary the horrors of the revolution and her struggles to free the boy who she dearly loved.
Louis-Charles was the same age as Truman when they both died, this is something that Andi cannot ignore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Initially decided to read it to learn a bit about the French revolution and it was very interesting and informative.
Published 6 months ago by Louisa Ramsay
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing from a Jennifer Donnelly fan.
I have read all of Donnelly's novels. Loving 'The Tea Rose," "The Wild Rose," and being infatuated by "The Gathering Light' and thought this would be as gripping... Read more
Published 8 months ago by KatElfWilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Wow. What a stunning novel. Revolution brings history back to life, leaving me feeling educated, entertained, and absolutely fascinated by the story of both Alex and Andi, two... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ashleigh Allsopp
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it!
I didn't know much about the French revolution before reading this book. Now I can say I know a little more. Read more
Published 11 months ago by GB
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
this is the third Jennifer Donnelly novel I have read and is different to the first two.If you can get by the slipping from one century to another as the stories of the two girls... Read more
Published 18 months ago by pepiann
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and heartfelt, it made me cry
This book made me cry, that's how good it was.

QUOTE: "I will go out again this very night with my rockets and fuses. Read more
Published 22 months ago by kara-karina (Nocturnal Book Reviews)
Absolutely brilliant! It was recommended to me by the teenage daughter of a friend who knows I love all things French Revolutionary. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Heather Redding
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I found this book totally captivating and incredibly informative. Towards the end I couldn't put it down and resulted in getting very tired reading till 1am! Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2012 by silverdog
REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly blends two storylines into a fusion of history, music, conscience and love that is engrossing and lyrical as well as educational. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2012 by Red Rock Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it six times!
This book is the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading! I have read it six times, am currently on my seventh and it never gets boring. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2012 by Briony
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