Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

MY RATING : ★★/5 

Wow quel plaisir ! That’s what I screamed to myself on my couch when I finish this book. It’s probably one of my favourite dystopian novel of the year.


The overall plot of the book is between two brothers Clive and Clover. One is eighteen, has to be an adult and bears new responsibilities as a man and the other is one of the smartest in the family, recruited by The Library as a young age and has a big interest in knowledge. But knowledge and science are not welcomed in this society. Their family have been on the road to spread the message of The Daughter, worshipping a religion who forbids the thirst for knowledge. But as they travel together, both brothers discover a few things that don’t make sense, series of events that may reveal to them as the dark truth behind their father’s doctrine.



Tommy Wallach started strong alright. Man, he got me at that prologue reminding me of that old typical fantasy book I used to read and enjoy as a child. The writing is so good, the right amount of clarity, vulgarization and beautiful descriptions at the same time. It feels almost like reading Strange The Dreamer with the setting of Game Of Thrones. 

What really blows me aways is how well  he captured the debate of religion, faith vs science and knowledge. As you read, you would want to know what happened in the past? Why they are so against science? It reminds me a lot of the Middle Age period where Church was on top of everything. It’s like history repeating itself. The characters were well portrayed and developed. I seriously can’t wait to read the sequels !

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 🙂 


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