Glitter [ARC Review] by Aprilynne Pike
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Format: I received an ARC of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it's the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it's modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it's the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it's about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
I saw the cover of this book and I literally screamed. It looks so freaking good!! I just knew I had to read the description of the book. I was a little bit iffy on if I was still that excited about reading book because it was dystopian, and also every dystopian book that I have read has ended up with me quitting halfway through.
I really like the concept of the book. It’s set wayyy in the future, where a new company has been created, within France, despite everyone else around them hating on the country. Dani has been forced, or more so, blackmailed into marrying the next CEO and King of this company. Since this is a city/place that everyone else around the place hates, they take advantage of these people within the society and uses their ways to get a lot of money out of them.
I really like the idea of using this little thing, Glitter, that we nowadays think is nothing, be such a big deal in the future. It’s the way out, this small little substance making people go out of their minds and feel the urge to get their hands on more, no matter what it takes.
One thing in the plot that annoyed me was how much Dani was controlled by certain people, namely her mother as well as the king himself. They were the type of people who end up successful, because of their manipulative skills. I realize that this is what kept the story moving, one horrible action to another but it was a little annoying at times.
I don’t find that many dystopian books that I like, so I was really happy that I actually enjoyed this book. It was a fun mix between current day events, and Victorian times.
It takes a while to get used to the idea of this new society, but after a while, everything is explained and it’s a lot easier to wrap your head around that idea.
The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, and while I’m pretty sure this was a stand-alone, I can’t help but want to know what happened to Dani at the end of the book. I mean, she kinda gets what she wants, but also, she’s basically enslaved, That doesn’t give too much of the ending away so I’ll leave it at that.
This cover is absolutely magical. It’s such a simple cover but with a certain level of depth to it, with all the different colors. It’s absolutely stunning and if for some reason you didn’t see it at the top of this post, I recommend you scroll up there and just look at it. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Overall, I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). I liked the overall plot, and the style that it was written in, but there were just little things here and there that just didn’t do it for me. I recommend this book to people who enjoy reading dystopian books, or if you’re like me, people who doesn’t usually enjoy dystopian books but want to try the genre again.
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