The Light Fantastic
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The Light Fantastic

Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything.

Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan’s eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about? Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but she can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins’ machinations? The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink—and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.

Title:The Light Fantastic
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    The Light Fantastic Reviews

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Sep 30, 2016

    DNF – 65%THE LIGHT FANTASTIC started out great. The writing was great, the characters were interesting and I sure wanted to know where the author was going with all that was happening.But then sudde...

  • Elyse
    Jul 30, 2016

    "One Nation, Under the Assassins, Indivisible, with Revenge and Punishment for All."Students and a couple of teachers are part of a group lead by 'The Mastermind' ....They are a group of assassins. Th...

  • Taryn
    Aug 03, 2016

    April 19th is April Donovan's eighteenth birthday. It's also Senior Skip Day, but she and her two best friends decide to attend school anyway. April has a Hyper Superior Autobiographical Memory (hyper...

  • Sarah
    Sep 10, 2016

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley.) “Nothing will ever be the same. There’s before and there is after an...

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Sep 18, 2016

    I would like to thank Candlewick Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs is a book that gave me a new perspective on common ...

  • Taylor Knight
    Jul 25, 2016

    I loved the writing style (I think it's the best thing about this book) and the characters were pretty cool but I'm not a fan of books that deal with shootings or bombings or anything like that. I don...

  • Camryn
    Jun 19, 2016

    I don't even have words to explain how The Light Fantastic made me feel. I grew such an intense fondness for all the narrators; I felt protective of them. I suppose this is why the ending felt rushed...

  • L.P. Logan
    Jun 09, 2016

    When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure exactly what I should expect. The truth is, I wanted to read it for its title and cover, and didn't read beyond the first line of the description. I was...

  • Kim
    Oct 16, 2016

    Thanks to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.4 1/2 StarsWhile The Light Fantastic tackles the difficult ubject of school shootings, there's actually ...

  • Alexa
    Sep 05, 2016

    Compelling, complex, complicated - it is incredibly difficult to figure out exactly how to talk about The Light Fantastic. I've never been so disheartened and saddened and terrified reading something,...