Original Title: Trial by Fire
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Macmillan’s Children Books
Number of Pages: 373
First Sentence: “Lily Proctor ducked into the girl’s room, already yanking back her rebellious hair.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.
Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.
What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.
I liked this book when I first read it. It felt really original, with a fun alternate world and the idea of several different universes. I don’t really feel that way anymore, see the end of the review for this reason.
Lily is our main character. She has dealt with a chronic illness her whole life, an illness nobody has managed to figure out. She is pretty much allergic to the whole world and nobody can understand why. When being transported to a different universe she finds out it’s because she has magic and not using it is making her sick.
The world was pretty interesting. I liked the idea of witches and how the world was built around them. It was pretty horrifying though that they could take over someone’s mind and most people were pretty OK with that. Eh, I would pretty scared of a person with that type of power. However, the world had some interesting details and the plot had some quite interesting parts and it was fun to read.
I’m writing this review several months after I actually finished the book and have come to some realisations. It deals with a person who is chronically sick and then pretty much magically turn healthy. Turns out there was a cure to her illness all along, all she had to do was learn magic. There are also other issues which became more and more transparent the more I thought about this book. Actually, I found myself nodding along whilst reading this review although I usually find her reviews over the top and too harsh. It is slightly over the top this time as well, but mostly hitting the head on the nail.
So my actual rating for this would be 3/5 stars.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.