A Face Like Glass

A Face Like Glass

Book - 2012
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"In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear - at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed..."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: London : Macmillan Children's, 2012.
ISBN: 9780230748798
Branch Call Number: J HAR


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Mar 01, 2020

It started interesting but I fell like the author lost sight of what Neverfells goal was. The ending was rushed and left more questions than answers, like who was Kleptomancer in the end? Was he related to the Grand Steward? The ending was so rushed and the author leaned too heavily on the crutch of True Wine, not building Neverfells character when she was creating the rebellion and just going “she forgot haha” it felt lazy to me. The author never even utilized Neverfells “cheese making expertise” except for a handful of times with Perfumes. It felt rushed and unfinished. The stupidity of Neverfell throughout the book was maddening as well. I understand being naive but she just lacked common sense. All in all, the idea for the story was there, but the execution was lacking.

This Young Adult novel sucked me in from the first line. A Master Cheesemaker who lives underground in a City called Caverna has discovered something eating his cheeses, but he can’t seem to trap it, until one day he spots its footprints in the remnants of a soft cheese – those of a 5 year old child. Once he discovers the child, he takes her under his wing and names her after one of his cheeses, Neverfell. Neverfell is an intriguing child who asks many questions, and grows up under his cheese tutelage. But he makes her wear a black mask whenever there is a chance that anyone could see her. When children are born in the caverns of Caverna, they are unable to learn facial expressions from their parents or nurses. Their faces are blank until they are taught a series of Faces by those watching them. Those who are poor learn very few expressions, those that are rich have more opportunities. Neverfell feels trapped but knows nothing different until a Master Facesmith visits their cave and things start unravelling. With a Master Kleptomancer stealing treasures from those in power and a Steward ruling the city who could be insane, how will Neverfell survive? (Submitted by Sharleen)

Sep 15, 2017

Wow. This book. READ THIS BOOK!!! It's honestly my new favorite, and I have read a lot of books. The worldbuilding was especially masterful. So many fantasy worlds seem cool at first, but later get boring or simply fail to be original. Caverna is not like that. It is a quirky, dark, unique, and beautiful world that kept me engaged and surprised me until the very last page. The plot is so bizarre and original, and I could never predict where it was going to go, unlike pretty much all other YA/J fantasy books. The characters were so original, fleshed-out, and UN-cliché. Neverfell was so unlike any other heroine ever, and she was so relatable for me! Zouelle and Madame Appeline really kept me guessing, as to where their loyalties lay. The Kleptomancer was a really fun and cool character. The Grand Steward was really interesting too. It was hard to fit him and the Kleptomancer into either the 'good guy' or 'bad guy' category, and those 'in-between' characters are always really intriguing. The writing was poetic and beautiful as well. If you want a dark (but not TOO dark), unpredictable, and completely unforgettable story, this would be the first book I would recommend!

As a side note, I ship Neverfell and Erstwhile so hard right now, while a close second ship would be Maxim Childersin and Vesperta Appeline^^

JCLChrisK Jul 12, 2017

What a wonderfully original and twisty concoction this is.

The book is set in an insular subterranean complex called Caverna. Someone long ago learned there was magic there, and a society was created around the hoarding of that magic. No outsiders may enter; no one may leave. Privileged families learn Crafts where they imbue foods and other mundane items with magical powers to be traded and sold.

Into this world tumbles an innocent. An amnesiac girl with no knowledge of that--or any--world. A girl with no guile, whose face betrays her every thought. She is immediately, simultaneously viewed as a horror, a freak, a curiosity, a wonder, and a tool by everyone around her. She is something new dropped into an unchanging environment, and everything instantly swirls around her.

Told from Neverfell's perspective, the story patiently introduces readers to different aspects of Caverna's odd wonders as she encounters them, with very real, very lethal unexpected and surprising dangers around every corner. The plot slips and slithers as much as Caverna's tunnels most delightfully. It's a fascinating, entrancing, sophisticated tale told with vibrant prose.

sofialaveta Oct 24, 2014

this was so awesome i sujest this book to all my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 16, 2014

This. This is the master of plot.

Jun 30, 2013

This is one of the best fantasies, or novels, that I've read so far this year unless you count Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series. There are a lot of unique characters set in a unique world where politics involve a special energetic girl named Neverfell, who can express all her feelings on her face unless the rest of the characters who require masks. You cannot predict most of what's going to happen.

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Aug 05, 2017

blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

sofialaveta Oct 24, 2014

sofialaveta thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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