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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition First Printing edition (13 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408801523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

`I started the book late one night, planning to just read a chapter to give me a taste of it before heading off to bed. Eight chapters later I was still reading, engrossed in the story . . . Donnelly's writing is amazing, with so much detail that I really felt like I was right there in Paris' --A Trillion Books

`I cannot think of the last time that I encountered such skilled storytelling as that which I have found in Revolution. Jennifer Donnelly is gifted in her ability not only to immerse the reader in history but also to write stunning contemporary fiction'
--The Mountains of Instead

`The story shows spoilt Andy growing into maturity and empathy, and the diary of the Terror is gripping. A pacy adventure for older readers, with appropriately salty language'
--The Financial Times

`A spellbinding tale of two cities and two eras . . . it gripped me for two days of fear, admiration and delight' --Reader's Digest

`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, Saturday Review

`Donnelly covers much ground and some big themes . . . with such a complex intertextual mix it could easily have gone horribly wrong, but Donnelly does it well: this was a book I was sad to finish'
--Guardian, Saturday Review

`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

`Meaty and brave, witty and clever' --Literary Review

`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

`Donnelly has executed an ambitious story with enormous scope and I highly recommend it to mature readers'

--School Librarian

`One of my favourite books of the year. Love, loss, hope, redemption and forgiveness: Revolution is about all of these things and more . . . If you don't know any teens to buy this for at Christmas, it's definitely worth treating yourself' --Daily Express

`Donnelly's ambition and scope reap rich rewards in this beautifully written story of two young women divided by 200 years . . . Donnelly is a remarkable talent and this is a remarkable book'
--Daily Mail

`Praised for its powerful writing and emotional strength, a worthy successor to Donnelly's Carnegie Award-winning A Gathering Light'
--The Bookseller

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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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jess Hearts Books VINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Tasha VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
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. This is the story of two teen-aged girls born centuries apart whose lives connect in a most unusual way and throughout the many twists and turns in their dual stories, we never doubt the definite connection between Alex and Andi.

One storyline presents the reader with an up-close and personal look at the French Revolution as experienced by Alexandrine (Alex) Paradis, a teen-aged girl who aspires to a life on the stage. She is engaged as playmate/caregiver to Louis-Charles, doomed son of Marie Antoinette. As the Revolution takes its toll on the lives of the "rich and famous" Alex plays every card in the hand life has dealt her in an unselfish and valiant attempt to make the little princes final days more bearable.

In the present, the rich and gifted but desolate and self-destructive Diandra (Andi) Alpers, finds that she is flunking out of the prestigious private school she attends due to her negligence in submitting a senior thesis. Andi's desolation is due, in part, to her feelings of guilt regarding the death of her younger brother Truman. Her coping mechanisms are her music and the prescription drugs she devours like a bag of popcorn. With just weeks to produce and submit her treatise this drug dependent, suicidal girl accompanies her father to Paris, where she hopes to complete a paper confirming her theory regarding the contribution to modern music of an 18th century musician named Amade Malherbeau. As luck would have it, destiny intervenes, and her discovery of a hidden journal irrevocably sets her on a collision course with the past.

While one cannot fault Ms.
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