- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market edition (7 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144726410X
- ISBN-13: 978-1447264101
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 389 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Lie Tree Paperback – Unabridged, 7 May 2015
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The Lie Tree is brilliant: dark, thrilling, utterly original. Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now. (Patrick Ness)
A deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By NightSee all Product description
From the Publisher
- Winner of the Costa Book Award
- The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year
- Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal
- Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
- Shortlisted for the Independent Bookseller's Week Award (Children’s)
The Lie Tree
*Winner of the Costa Book Award 2015
Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree is the winner of the prestigious Costa Book Award – and it is only the second time in the prize's history, that a children's novel has been named Costa Book of the Year. The previous children's novel to win was Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in 2002.
On receiving the award Hardinge said:
'For those people who might be hearing this who think that children's and YA fiction is not their thing please do come and explore - there's a beautiful jungle out there'
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It didn't take too many chapters for me to get sucked into this narrative and fall in love with Faith, our protagonist. This young teenage girl lives in misogynistic Victorian England where, as a girl, she is not expected to thirst for knowledge. Faith is somewhat neglected by her mother, ignored by her father and nursemaid to her younger brother. But she is a feisty, loveable character, whose constant eavesdropping just made her even more endearing to me.
The novel opens with the family being uprooted from their home in Kent to the small island of Vale, with the journey littered with hints that her father's lost reputation is to blame. It isn't long before the family become outcasts, and whilst I felt for Faith, it was quite satisfying to see her obnoxious mother mistreated.
Faith's world is then turned upside down when her father is found dead (this isn't a spoiler, it's included in the book's blurb). Despite a tumultuous relationship with him, she is intent on uncovering the truth behind his death. Hardinge presents the reader with a resilient protagonist, refreshing for the book's Victorian setting, and after rifling through her father's notebooks she learns of a mysterious tree that could help her do just that. Faith begins a mission of spreading lies in order to learn the secrets from the tree. In all honesty, the book was not what I expected at all. I suppose with mention of a 'strange tree', I anticipated a book with a slight fantasy feel, but there is none of that. If anything, I found myself simlpy believing the tree was real.
The description of the lie tree is beautiful, as is Hardinge's writing throughout the novel. She has an almost lyrical quality to her writing that just makes the story flow. It's easy to understand why this novel has proven popular with both teens and adults and why it's both won and been nominated for awards.
Hardinge explores an impressive number of issues in this well-woven story; from the tussle between good and evil, the class disparity and the place of intelligent and underrated women in Victorian society, capricious human nature, the supernatural and the limits of science, to the contradictory virtue and oppression of familial loyalty. Faith is forced to go through a rite of passage into early adulthood suddenly when tragedy befalls her family and she finds herself battling forces bigger than she could ever grapple with on her own, and finds out that things and people aren’t always what they appear to be. She finds a sinister ally that is organic, non-human, and possibly phantasmagorical, stumbling across deadly secrets that threaten her psychologically, morally and mortally.
Hardinge has created a world that is both familiar and strange at the same time, while enriching the genre of children’s fantasy.
Hardinge had a fantastic grasp on Victorian Society for this story. In particular, she set her tale just after the release of Darwin's 'On The Origin Of Species', which set religious belief and superstition into a chaotic war against science and reasoning in the mind of every person. Faith's Father was the epitome of this, being both a scientific explorer and a man of the Church. Oh yes, the world-building was probably the best part of this book. I loved the complex characters here too, particularly the women in the book because in their own way they were so POWERFUL despite having no power thanks to the men in their lives. Hardinge wrote in her usual gorgeous, evocative fashion and this is no doubt her favourite book of mine so far.
Just like in 'Cuckoo Song', the pace was a little slow at times and it gave some areas of the book a disjointed feel. I would have liked more consistency in that area. However this time, the ending didn't feel anti-climactic at all and I enjoyed watching all of the loose ends be addressed at the end and understanding finally why certain plot elements had been introduced. Hardinge did a fantastic job with a fresh, new idea and I've decided these kinds of books are my favourite: Victorian-set, strong female characters restricted by their gender and a touch of the magical and mysterious.
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