Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.
Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.
Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest.
But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away, who whispers rumors that the High Kith possess magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.
About: The Midnight Lie is a young adult fantasy written by Marie Rutkoski. It was published on 3/3/2020 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 358 pages. The genres are young adult fantasy, LGBT, romance, magic, and fiction. This book was intended for readers ages 14 to 18. The sequel to The Midnight Lie is called The Hollow Heart. I loved this author’s Winner’s Trilogy: The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime, and The Winner’s Kiss. According to the publisher’s website, “Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, established in 1953, is an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. We are committed to publishing books of the highest literary quality for children and teenagers. FSG BYR is known for its award-winning list of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Midnight Lie on 7/28/2021 and finished it on 7/31/2021. Definitely a great read! The main character had such an arduous life that I was hoping she would take the risk to experience something new than to settle for what’s familiar. I was so happy when she did just that. I liked it when the title was explained in the story because I didn’t know its meaning. I loved it when Sid was introduced into the story. I enjoyed their bantering and their slow burning romance as well as their adventures. The magic was interesting and new and I enjoyed Nirrim’s discoveries of the mystery surrounding her abilities, where she came from, and the deceit she was trapped in.
This book followed Nirrim, told in the first person point of view. This world Nirrim lives in was hard but she had no control of what kind of life she was born into. Nirrim unfortunately was born into Half Kith and live behind a wall called the Ward, a kind of jail that forced her to continue to commit crimes and keep silent to survive. Due to an event, she was sent to prison. From there she met Sid. Sid opened her eyes to more things than she believed she knew. The Ward where Nirrim live housed all orphans and unwanted babies. High Kith was the dream life. Sid wanted to find the source of magic and enlisted Nirrim to help in exchange for her freedom from behind the wall even if for a short time.
The Midnight Lie was well written and a fast paced read. At first I was confused by the talks about the gods. It became clearer at the end of the book. How true it is to have no control to the life we are born into but it was fantastic to see the changes Nirrim went through to change her life for the better. She had to lie and fought for what she wanted despite the pushbacks. She took control of the situation whether it was uncomfortable and I loved this kind of reading. She was weak when she seek for love in places that weren’t there but that made her strong. I’m excited to read the sequel! I love the new covers. I recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Born in Illinois, Marie Rutkoski is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Harvard University. She is a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College and a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.