Fire Colour One

Fire Colour One

Book - 2015
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A bold and brilliant novel about love, lies and redemption, from award-winning author, Jenny Valentine - one of the greatest YA voices of her generation. Iris's father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames. Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas. There are things he wants Iris to know after he's gone. And the truth has more than one way of coming to light.
Publisher: London, England : HarperCollins Children's Publishing, c2015
ISBN: 9780007512362
Branch Call Number: FIC Valen
Characteristics: 237 pages

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Gitanjali9999
Jul 25, 2017

Pretty good book. Iris is kind of crazy, though-- I can't really identify with her pyromaniacal desire to set fires and cause destruction and, potentially, harm to other people. Other than that, her mother and stepfather are classic evil characters, interested in only money. I found most of the characters kind of black-and-white, and only Iris really had any grey areas. Ernest was good-- Hannah and Lowell were evil, and most characters were pretty predictable. Other than that, pretty good book. I liked that there was not much romance, unlike a lot of teen novels, and the focus was elsewhere, which made it more interesting to read.

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jmli
Jul 08, 2017

Wow. All I can really say is wow. I didn't expect this book to be this good. The description is absolutely beautiful and perfectly fits into the artistic mood of the book. The plot was very brilliantly-structured and well-written (there is a nice twist at the end too!).
What I loved the most about the novel is how the reader knows that Ernest is going to die, yet they still hold onto the hope that he will survive.
The biggest problem (in my opinion) is that the story puts down mothers. I felt somewhat uncomfortable when the author described the awful things Hannah did. Not because she was cruel, but because I saw it as a way of reestablishing the message that dads are great. I personally think that the mom was simply....too much of an antagonist. The summary states that the book is a "stunning tribute to fathers and daughters", but I felt that the role of a mother was dismissed.
In spite of these small suggestions, I would recommend this book to practically everyone. It is a spectacular read.

Lisa_Marie_C Apr 12, 2017

An intriguing character study about a teenage pyromaniac, her estranged father, her toxic mother, and the secrets that define them.

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WinterOwl1
Nov 09, 2016

I was genuinely surprised by this tale! Even though it was nine parts family drama and one part action I did not have any trouble remaining intrigued until the very end.

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jmli
Jul 08, 2017

Sexual Content: One scene that is lightly described where the main character is being assaulted, but nothing in particular occurs.

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jmli
Jul 08, 2017

Coarse Language: Some minor swears

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jmli
Jul 08, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jmli
Jul 08, 2017

A young arsonist is sent by her mother to live with her dying millionaire father in hopes of inheriting his fortune.

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jmli
Jul 08, 2017

"It was terrifying. It was amazing."

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