Modern-day teenagers meet a palace of terrors locked up since the French Revolution in this surprising and haunting thriller from Stefan Bachmann, the internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot. A Drop of Night will thrill fans of Neal Shusterman and Jessica Khoury.
Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been chosen to participate in an exclusive program that includes an all-expense-paid trip to France and a chance to explore the hidden underground Palais des Papillons, or Palace of Butterflies. Along with four other gifted teenagers, Anouk will be one of the first people to set foot in the palace in more than two hundred years. Bachmann’s masterful scene-building alternates between Anouk’s flight through the palace and the struggles of Aurelie, who escaped the French Revolution by fleeing into the Palais des Papillons in 1792.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.60(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Stefan Bachmann is the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Peculiar and its acclaimed sequel, The Whatnot. He was born in Colorado, spent most of his childhood in Switzerland, and is now studying modern music at the Zürich University of the Arts. When he’s not writing, he can be found traveling to someplace chilly, or holed up beneath his college in the dimly lit labyrinth of practice rooms, which may have inspired the subterranean scenes in A Drop of Night. That . . . and the Paris catacombs, a weird dream about a golden corridor, and a general interest in history.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was AMAZING! The story was interesting and the characters were very human. I couldn't put the book down. Stefan Bachmann created an vividly intense world that you can't help but get lost in.
A YA thriller with comp titles of The Maze Runner and The Cabin in the Woods? Yes, please. I don't know how I missed this one when it was first offered on Edelweiss, but I'm so glad I was able to get a copy at the last minute. This book is described as action/adventure/thriller, but some readers may consider it a touch of horror also. Which is absolutely fine with me, and that's one of the reasons I requested it. We've all heard the phrase 'If somethings seems too good to be true, it usually is.' Well - either these teens hadn't or thought they were too intelligent to be scammed, but it sure made for an interesting setup in this story. No spoilers here, but the underground palace is full of surprises - most of them the hair-raising, nail-biting kind - and I can't say I've read anything quite like this in the YA genre. There's a dual narrative in this book, both equally important and connected. I immediately liked Anouk's voice. She's snarky, intelligent, pessimistic, and a bit full of herself - but she's also persistent and determined when a lot of people would throw out the white flag and assume the fetal position. I was a little disappointed with the reveal near the end - it felt more like an info dump. If some hints had been sprinkled throughout the story, giving the reader a bigger sense of mystery and allowing them to form theories, it would have been a more satisfying ready for me instead of a quasi-Scooby-Doo moment. A Drop of Night is equal parts thrilling, chilling, and mysterious - a highly enjoyable read for me. Thanks to Edelweiss for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review