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The Lie Tree (2015)

by Frances Hardinge

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On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

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A fantastic book, probably the best one I've read this year. The main character has depth and interest. She's flawed and charismatic and compelling. And the primary theme of the book made me think deeply about lies and their implications, and truth and the human craving for it.

I didn't realize it was considered YA until I'd finished it. I found it totally absorbing as an adult. ( )
  AlainaZ | Jun 5, 2022 |
Holy literary fiction disguised as teen lit, batman!

I mean, not like teens can't read literary fiction. One assumes that, given the immense popularity of literary fiction, there must be budding literary aficionados among the teens even now. I wasn't expecting it, however, and felt caught off-guard. But I digress.

A dark, brooding, historical fiction bildungsroman, with a clever and sly young woman protagonist who desires to become a naturalist. Well written, hypnotic, and strange. Not really likeable, per say, but certainly engrossing. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Excellent writing. Middle school appeal, but I enjoyed it as an adult. Thought-provoking.

Set in Victorian England, the women's history aspect was well covered, from corset-wearing to women's place and only source of agency. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Apr 13, 2022 |
A classic Hardinge plot: twisty and inventive and fresh. But, whereas I don't usually mind her verbose writing, here it was less tolerable. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
when i acquired this book a long time ago, i thought it was a YA fantasy with a tantalizing premise and book cover. I was wrong about the YA fantasy bit, and usually this sets up a wrong expectation that spoils the reading experience for me. this was thankfully not the case here.

the author's prose is beautiful. i kept drawing comparisons with the movie 'pan's labyrinth' and the book 'the binding', but i feel this was better. i loved the characters, but specially Faith, a precocious 14-year old girl living in times when women were looked down on, and young women have it even harsher. it really made me want to see Faith prove her courage and cleverness. On top of this, the narration of the audiobook by Emilia Fox was absolutely sublime! Her performance really pulled me into the book and characters. it was better than watching a movie (although i would not mind a movie adaptation of this book).

i loved this quote too:

“Faith had always told herself that she was not like other ladies. But neither, it seemed, were other ladies.” ( )
  riida | Apr 23, 2021 |
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Frances Hardingeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Chris RiddellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fox, EmiliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kempe, YlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my father
For quiet wisdom and integrity,
and for respecting me as an adult long before I was one
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The boat moved with a nauseous, relentless rhythm, like someone chewing on a rotten tooth.
A lie was like a fire, Faith was discovering. At first it needed to be nursed and fed, but carefully and gently. A slight breath would fan the new-born flames, but too vigorous a huff would blow it out. Some lies took hold and spread, crackling with excitement, and no longer needed to be fed. But then these were no longer your lies. They had a life and shape of their own and there was no controlling them.
'Listen, Faith. A girl cannot be brave, or clever, or skilled as a boy can. If she is not good, she is nothing. Do you understand?' (p. 96)
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On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

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The Lie Tree feeds on
secrets and lies, and its fruit
give visions of truth.

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