Mackie is not one of us.
Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
Unsettling villains and intriguing moral ambivalence make this effort shockingly original and … breathtaking.Booklist, starred review
A devastating look at familial love, sacrifice, and loneliness. Yovanoff’s spare but haunting prose creates an atmosphere shrouded in gloom and secrecy.Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
Well-developed characters, a fascinating Fairy Court, an exciting story line, wicked cover art … this book has the makings of a success.Publishers Weekly
A fast-paced, dark delicacy.Kirkus Reviews
I loved this eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper.Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger
I so loved this book. Mackie Doyle is one of the sweetest, strangest, most magnetic heroes I’ve read in a long time. He charmed me and his story kept me up at night.Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen
- Best First Novels for YouthBooklist
- Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth Booklist
- 2011 Best Fiction for Young AdultsYALSA
- Autumn 2010 Indie Next listIndieBound