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Princes
     

Princes

by Sonya Hartnett
 

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In a dilapidated mansion overrun by rats, Indigo and Ravel Kesby have gone to war. Identical twins, their two selves have gradually entwined until they have become all but interchangeable: no one can tell them apart. But when one twin attempts to sever the ties to his brother, their insular world quickly disintegrates into madness, treachery, and violence. As the

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In a dilapidated mansion overrun by rats, Indigo and Ravel Kesby have gone to war. Identical twins, their two selves have gradually entwined until they have become all but interchangeable: no one can tell them apart. But when one twin attempts to sever the ties to his brother, their insular world quickly disintegrates into madness, treachery, and violence. As the story sweeps toward a shocking and inexorable conclusion, identity becomes a malleable weapon that will ultimately differentiate brother from brother�and victor from victim. Sonya Hartnett infuses gothic horror with menace in this mesmerizing story of twins-turned-enemies. About her last novel, Robert Cormier said [She] has truly pushed the boundaries of YA literature to their outer edges and perhaps beyond.

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School Library Journal
Gr 10 UpIndigo and Ravel are 21-year-old identical twins and have always been together. They live in a rundown mansion, and one has made a prisoner of the other. They revel in gruesome, horrific stories. When they begin to play mind games with one another, both descend into a world of insanity, twisted identity, and bizarre behavior. The brothers are so identical that as the story progresses, each mistakes himself for the other, leaving readers as confused as the young men. One-to-three page vignettes on a variety of topics that bear little relation to the plot add to the confusion. These side stories (not to be confused with subplots) are plopped into the story line and cause major problems with sequencing of events. Even if readers figure out what the plot and theme are all about, they probably won't care. The characters are so peculiar and weird as to be unbelievable. One of them kills their parents and begins to poison the other. It's all so horrific that there is little desire to understand, empathize, or care about either character. Hartnett's writing lacks clarity and consistency. Even the dark mood and tone lose their appeal because of the disjointed story line. Anne Rice, at her weirdest, is much better. In the end, it's unlikely that anyone will care about these "princes."Molly S. Kinney, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670878215
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
02/15/1998
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 5.68(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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