Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Cameron, Sharon

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 456 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 184168 ISBN: 9780545675994
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Adventure fiction
 Rescues -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Paris (France) -- Fiction
 France -- Fiction

Price: $8.19

In the Sunken City that was once Paris the guillotine rules again, while Sophia Bellamy from the Commonwealth across the Channel Sea tries to rescue as many of the revolution's victims as she can smuggle out, and some prisoners disappear from their cells, with a red-tipped rook feather left in their place--but who is the mysterious Red Rook and where does Sophia's wealthy fiance, Rene Hasard, fit in?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 21.0   Quiz: 177389
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 30.0   Quiz: 66001

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2015 Gr 9 Up—"It was a fine night for an execution…" but the Red Rook has other plans. Eighteen-year-old Sophia Bellamy, with the help of her older brother Tom and their trusted friend Spear, has freed the prisoners before the Razor could sever their heads. This retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel (a story unlikely to be familiar to most teens) is set in a far-future England and France, when magnetic pole shifts have rendered technology a distant memory. Candlelight, penned letters, and escapes on horseback are the order of the day, and shards of plastic can fetch a pretty price. A political atmosphere similar to the French Revolution has taken hold, and the Rook is determined that innocent lives will not be lost. When not wielding her sword (and a red-tipped feather as a calling card), Sophia is juggling her betrothal of convenience to handsome Frenchman René Hasard, meant to save the Bellamy estate from forfeiture. René is more intriguing (and smarter) than she expected, and though uncomfortable sparks initially fly between them, they soon find they are on the same side, despite René kinship to the Ministre of Security—the very man who has vowed to see the Red Rook brought down. Sophia and René are well matched, and Cameron's atmospheric writing keeps the novel moving. A good choice where Robin LaFevers's Grave Mercy (Houghton Harcourt, 2012) or Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution (Delacorte, 2010) are popular. VERDICT This dashing story line combines a technology-free dystopia with swashbuckling romance.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Bulletin for the Center... - 07/01/2015 Heads are rolling in the center of Paris, mobs riot in the streets, and a madman at the helm of the government demands that more and more people be put to the “Razor.” No, this is not Robespierre’s Reign of Terror but a post-apocalyptic version of France where austerity rules, technology is forbidden, and innocents are daily put to death—unless they are lucky enough to be rescued by “The Red Rook,” a shadowy figure who leaves a red-tipped feather as calling card. No one would guess that sixteen-year-old socialite Sophia Bellamy is the people’s savior, certainly not her newly betrothed, the vain and rather flighty René Hasard. Sophia’s not the only one with secrets, though, and René turns out to be a rather useful (and handsome) accomplice when LeBlanc, the ringleader of the executions, arrests Sophia’s brother and the Red Rook is forced to make her most daring rescue yet. Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in her careful construction of a world where relics of the “Ancients,” like plastic earrings and functioning clocks, are looked upon with wonder and/or suspicion. Sophia is veritable whirlwind of a girl, armed with either a sharp sword or cutting remark depending on the situation, and the rakish René makes a perfect romantic sparring partner. LeBlanc is disturbing and formidable as the villain, though the secondary cast of Sophia’s benevolent assistants and LeBlanc’s henchmen gets a bit unwieldy. Each of them, however, has a part to play in the final chapters, and the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks will keep readers breathless until the very end. KQG - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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