Summary (from Goodreads):
“Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.
Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.
They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.
A mesmerizing story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.”
I adored this book. Even though it’s definitely a fantasy novel, Cello seemed absolutely real. (And while I initially preferred Madeleine’s chapters in our world, I quickly came to prefer reading about Elliot in his world.)
Which isn’t to say that the Madeleine chapters weren’t great. Every aspect of this book is great. :)
The fact that Madeleine and Elliot are writing to each other initially made me nervous. I was afraid that this book would basically become The Lake House. And there is sort of that aspect (the two become friends) but (a) it’s not romantic and (b) it never overshadows the rest of the book. Which is good, because WOW THIS BOOK.
This is the first in a trilogy, and I have so many questions that I hope the next two books answer. What is the deal with the Colours? is chief among them.
This is an incredibly fun book but it’s also so well-written. These characters wormed their way into my heart and I’m glad that there are two more books. I would’ve been so sad if I had had to say goodbye to them with this book. (I won’t think about the fact that I’ll have to do it in just two more.)