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Deeplight di Frances Hardinge
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Deeplight (originale 2019; edizione 2019)

di Frances Hardinge (Autore)

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One of our finest storytellers,' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex SerpentFrom Frances Hardinge, the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree comes Deeplight. The gods of The Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Now the gods are dead, but their remains are stirring beneath the waves . . .On the streets of the Island of Lady's Crave live 14-year-old street urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But there is something dangerous in the deep waters of the undersea, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. When the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .… (altro)
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Titolo:Deeplight
Autori:Frances Hardinge (Autore)
Info:Macmillan Children's Books (2019), Edition: Main Market, 448 pages
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Everything I want in a Frances Hardinge book: creative and amazing worldbuilding, fleshed out and sympathetic main character, and engrossing plot.

This time we're following Hark, an orphan who lives in a world where the strange eldritch gods who held everyone in fear are dead. Caught committing a crime, Hark is sold to a scientist who takes him to a retired priest's care home and asks him to spy for her. But when his old friend Jelt finds him, Hark finds himself in over his head and, eventually, involved with the gods who may not be as dead as they seem.

Hardinge's characters are always full realized people, and Hark is such a sweet boy who, despite his harsh circumstances retains that core of good, in contrast to Jelt, who has let his hard life harden him in turn. Hark knows this, but he can't bear to hurt Jelt any further or admit to himself that Jelt is no longer the brother he once was. It's such an important lessons for anybody that people change, and you don't owe any loyalty to the new person that they've become. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
*I received an advance copy of the book from Amulet Books via Media Masters in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.*

15-year-old Hark is an orphan who has grown up scrambling and hustling just to get by. A lot of that hustle happens with his “friend” Jelt – it’s a toxic relationship. Jelt coerces Hark into helping him with a scheme; Hark, of course, is caught and sold into indentured service.

However, Hark’s ability to spin a tale saves him from a worse fate. Stories play a big role in this novel. Hark tells stories to earn the trust of one of the elderly priests he cares for; the priest tells stories, and through these stories, we learn of this world’s undersea gods that have long since died.

Hardinge’s world-building in Deeplight is simply incredible. Vivid, sometimes terrifying, harsh, and detailed. She has wonderfully drawn depictions of the islands, their people, their creations from the god-ware, and their boats and submersibles. The descriptions of the ancient gods were each unique, fantastic, and scary.

The characters were well fleshed out, particularly Hark; and the relationships were complicated, particularly as Hark’s character grew. Jelt is emotionally manipulative, and Hark is too loyal. Even when helping Jelt would put Hark’s situation at risk, Jelt goads and mocks him until he relents – and it’s their relationship that drives the story.

“All his life, there had been a current dragging Hark back to Jelt, over and over. He had never been able to fight it. When Jelt needed him, Hark had always, always come running.”

The icing on the cake, though, is the writing. Hardinge’s writing is simply beautiful. The story takes a while to build, but the language is so lovely that I was happy to go along for the ride, and soon enough I couldn’t put it down.

One of the themes of the book is fear – how it controls people, how it drives people, how it feeds off itself, and maybe even how it feeds faith.

“Human fear has a terrible power. It changes everything, distorts everything, maddens everything. Fear is the dark womb where monsters are born and thrive.”

Deeplight is categorized as a YA book, but it is SO fantastic that I think it would appeal to any adult reader who loves fantasy.
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  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
Another excellent Frances Hardinge, an evocative, dark and creepy fantasy world, full of dark secrets, messed-up relationships, twisted chitinian gods, plots and heroics. ( )
  atreic | Dec 29, 2020 |
Hardinge is amazing at writing for young adults about eldritch horrors and toxic friendships, and in this book sets that all in the depths of ocean around an archipelago. Like Verdigris Deep, everything is wondrously creepy, and here she invents the word frecht which perfectly encapsulates the mode: it's defined as "a twisted beauty that turned your stomach even while it turned your head." Also like Verdigris Deep the Hark's main problem isn't the god-monsters and the politico-military scheming around him, but rather his own "best" - abusive - friend Jelt.

A third main character is Selphin: the author was asked by a reader to include a deaf character, and has integrated deafness as a natural part of the world, where it's seen not as a disability but a mark of pride; though communication isn't always straightforward, this is portrayed as Hark's own less-than-perfect command of sign, while Selphin is strengthened by her ability to turn away and refuse to see his words.

Some authors become repetitive, but even though I recognise the mode and tropes, Hardinge's prose is dense enough, the worlds deep enough, and the characters and their psychologies complex enough that I think it would take a lot of books before repetition could ever be any kind of problem. ( )
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Hardinge, Francesautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
AitchIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Akehurst, JoshuaNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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One of our finest storytellers,' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex SerpentFrom Frances Hardinge, the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree comes Deeplight. The gods of The Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Now the gods are dead, but their remains are stirring beneath the waves . . .On the streets of the Island of Lady's Crave live 14-year-old street urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But there is something dangerous in the deep waters of the undersea, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. When the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

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