The Diviners by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another YA novel with a FIVE STAR rating. Libba Bray is now climbing the chart as another favorite author along with Michelle Gagnon and Ruta Sepytys. The American Library Association certainly knows what it is doing when sleeking books for the battle each year.
The Diviners is a mystery set in the 1920s where evil has resurfaced threatening to take over the world. Evie O'Neil, among others, possess the divine power to stop the surging power of the "Beast." This book juxtaposes the supernatural with real events covering everything from to war to peace, religion to blasphemy, love to hate.
Evie is a Diviner, but she doesn't quite understand what this means. She has to power to read objects, but she is not alone. Little does she know, there's a whole mess of people stumbling through the streets of New York with powers beyond their control - a healer, a fire-starter, an invisible man, a robot. Yes - a robot. Each believes themselves to be the only one alive, and thus they keep their secrets hidden deep within their minds. But, as circumstance and situations prevail, they weave themselves into a deep seated context of conflict where the world and the beyond come together to meet for a match of the century.
But, that's not all - Bray weaves additional conflict into the tale of the live each of the characters producing their own story line. The Diviners, Book One, follows mostly Evie O'Neil, but the other characters are looming in the background and I know the series will bring them all full circle.
Bray's characters are fantastic, major and minor. She weaves amazing detail into not only their looks and charm, but the world around them. They become a motivator for the plot and the plot for them. This truly is a remarkable book with a story that is intently intriguing. My only regret is that I can't dive into book two right now!
For more about Libba Bray, visit her website at: http://libbabray.com My jealously for this woman's literary talent knows no end.
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