The Lost Conspiracy

The Lost Conspiracy On an island of sandy beaches dense jungles and slumbering volcanoes colonists seek to apply archaic laws to a new land bounty hunters stalk the living for the ashes of their funerary pyres and a

  • Title: The Lost Conspiracy
  • Author: Frances Hardinge
  • ISBN: 9780060880422
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On an island of sandy beaches, dense jungles, and slumbering volcanoes, colonists seek to apply archaic laws to a new land, bounty hunters stalk the living for the ashes of their funerary pyres, and a smiling tribe is despised by all as traitorous murderers It is here, in the midst of ancient tensions and new calamity, that two sisters are caught in adeadly web of deceitsOn an island of sandy beaches, dense jungles, and slumbering volcanoes, colonists seek to apply archaic laws to a new land, bounty hunters stalk the living for the ashes of their funerary pyres, and a smiling tribe is despised by all as traitorous murderers It is here, in the midst of ancient tensions and new calamity, that two sisters are caught in adeadly web of deceits.Arilou is proclaimed a beautiful prophetess one of the island s precious oracles a Lost Hathin, her junior, is her nearly invisible attendant But neither Arilou nor Hathin is exactly what she seems, and they live a lie that is carefully constructed and jealously guarded.When the sisters are unknowingly drawn into a sinister, island wide conspiracy, quiet, unobtrusive Hathin must journey beyond all she has ever known of her world and of herself in a desperate attempt to save them both As the stakes mount and falsehoods unravel, she discovers that the only thing dangerous than the secret she hides is the truth she must uncover.

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    About “Frances Hardinge

    • Frances Hardinge

      Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and the two things inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age She studied English at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford, England.

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    • "Well, what did I want, recognition? No, Hathin realized, I did everything I did because, well, I’m me."Frances Hardinge and her oddball magical fantastical stories that, far from the simplicity often expected of books aimed at slightly less wrinkled audience, are filled with thought-provoking multilayered and often ambiguous complexity, are undoubtedly my best literary discovery of 2013 so far. Her stories are soaked in belief that children's literature can in no way be inferior to that meant [...]

    • I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like The Lost Conspiracy. Maybe that’s why this book isn’t very well known: it’s hard to describe, let alone label, package, and sell. This book is just amazing though; it’s like a triple whammy of great writing, fully realized and complex characters, and an amazing story. So seriously, just stop reading this review right now and go get it.Still here? Okay, okay, keep going. But just know that I will be harping on about this book in various [...]

    • I think that as adult reviewers of books for children and teens we have a duty to separate ourselves from our material and give our books an impartial eye, one and all. As a reviewer, I don’t know how wise it is for me to get as excited as a ten-year-old when the newest book from a favorite children’s author comes out. If I adopt a fangirl mindset then how impartial a reviewer can I be? I have a requirement, nay, a duty to not enjoy a book too much when I read it. I must remain calm and cool [...]

    • While Cuckoo Song remains my favourite Hardinge book, Gullstruck Island is very good. I continue to be amazed by the depth of creativity and fine quality of writing that are trademark elements in all of Hardinge's work.The island setting is richly detailed in geography and culture, and the characters are, as always, impressively singular. True to all of Hardinge's tales this story has some exceptionally dark elements, and delves deep into the relationships that bind people together, whether thro [...]

    • This really really deserves an amazing review. I can't write even a half decent one right now - not until work is over for the year and christmas and all its madness has passed, and I can sit down and try and formulate words that might, maybe, come close to describing this book. Another read may be in order.One thing I will say - the only thing that felt naggingly familiar throughout the book (amidst all the strange new uniqueness of everything) was the relationship between the volcanoes - the a [...]

    • Ana’s Take:This probably sounds extremely clichéd, but reading a Frances Hardinge book is like entering a whole new world. Take Gullstruck Island for example: where consuming a certain type of fish allows one a glimpse of the future; where a beetle song is deadly; and where different peoples fight for survival, as the places for the honoured dead expand at the expense of the places for the living. On one small corner of the island, the Lace – who smile all the time with their adorned teeth [...]

    • Frances Hardinge’s Twitter profile describes her “Writer of downright odd children’s books. Hobbies include travelling, dressing in period costume and scuba diving. Addicted to volcanoes and trying new things.” And from reading The Lost Conspiracy, I have to surmise that all of this is true. The Lost Conspiracy certainly is downright odd, but it is also downright original, downright adventurous, and downright wonderful. Not to mention it is full of volcanoes and trying new things for bot [...]

    • It's difficult for me to imagine reading a Frances Hardinge novel as a young child. Although her books are marketed as being Middle Grade, I fervently wish I could travel to every library and bookstore and rip off that constricting label. If there is any author whose writing transcends all ages and successfully manages to write complex stories that are never dumbed down for a younger audience, it is Frances Hardinge. Although The Lost Conspiracy is not my favorite Hardinge novel - A Face Like Gl [...]

    • 3 Stars The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge was simply an uneven read for me. This comes across as a light version of an adult oriented fairytale. The writing is one the best part of this story as Hardinge brought this place to life. Hathin, the young female main protagonist is the star of this book and the only reason that I finished it. I loved this passionate, strong, fearless, and bossy young woman. She will be unforgettable. I had problems with this book as after you reach the midway po [...]

    • Foolishly, when I was around 17 years old, I mused out loud to my friend, “I don’t know why it’s so difficult to be a successful artist. All you have to do is create something entirely new.”Entirely new. I said this like it was as simple as tying a shoe or picking a flower. Of course, it’s not that simple; it’s immensely difficult to be original. Just ask Nicholas Sparks and every Tom Cruise movie ever. Hey, even ask Shakespeare! But in The Lost Conspiracy, Hardinge fulfills my age 1 [...]

    • This book is so much that I don't think I could do it justice reviewing it. This is a story that could be read as more that itself, but doesn't need to be, because it's so rich as "just" a story. It's about two peoples on one island, and disparate bodies of government, and fringe groups, and volcanoes, and myths. It's a little dense, but in such a rewarding way; the prose is so precise in its lyricism; the way the plot fits together is nothing short of genius. I'm not reviewing, because then I'd [...]

    • Straight up, I'm not going to do this justice. It's so good in ways I'm still trying to fully articulate a week later.It's young adult fantasy about post-colonialism. Also sisters, and secrets, and revenge, and people who can fling their senses hundreds of miles away, and ashes, and volcanic love triangles (Me: It has volcanic love triangles! My girlfriend: . . . Their love is so hot? Me: No, I mean there's three volcanoes. In a love triangle.)It's a book that spends hundreds of pages teetering, [...]

    • Have I said I love my job? Besides working for and amongst the love and hobby of my life right now – books - I’m surrounded by coworkers that are also avid book readers. What this also means is that I have the privilege of hearing about excellent books that I never would’ve otherwise. So when the children’s librarian claims a book to be the best she’s read all year (and she’s read a lot of good ones), you better listen. Because The Lost Conspiracy is just one of those under-the-radar [...]

    • I found it somewhat difficult to rate this book, despite the fact that I ended up giving it 5 stars. I almost gave up on it several times - early on - but by the end, I was a bit in awe. The author has created an incredibly strange, complex, very odd world, and has used wonderfully poetic language to do so. Yet, like one of the Lost whose senses roam the world divorced from their bodies, you are kept at just a bit of a remove from all that happens - at least partially because much of the world's [...]

    • While the plot is incredibly slow and the book could have been better had it been at least 100 pages shorter, the writing here is beautiful and the world-building is flawless. The civilizations and their customs ring true, and are more reminiscent of ancient South American cultures than the standard pre-industrial European-type villages so popular in fantasy works. I will say that all the talk of installing gems in teeth made me wince, though! The heroine showed plenty of grit in her actions, bu [...]

    • This is one of those books that people will either love with a passion or--not hate--but simply not read because it's very long and very wrong for them. The language is amazing--it's hard to find the language to describe it. But if you can't throw yourself into the foaming stream of metaphors and let it sweep you along, you might end up getting stuck in an eddy of words (see? I tried!). The world that's created with these words is just as complex and densely packed and you'd better keep up becau [...]

    • Frances Hardinge:Never mind that I’ve only officially read two Frances Hardinge booksI LOVE THE WOMAN!!Gullstruck Island or The Lost Conspiracy as it’s called in some countries is a story of two sisters, as different from each other as day and night, who have to transverse their entire world to right a wrong done to them after their entire village was killed –murdered really- unjustly under false accusations. At least that’s the story in a sentence or two. In reality, Frances Hardinge cr [...]

    • Although this book was not my favorite by Hardinge, I am still amazed by her imagination in creating these lush and magical worlds. 3 stars for the story and 5 stars for the world-building.

    • Originally posted here.The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge comes highly recommended by Megan Whalen Turner and you can see her talk about the book here.At 576 pages, this is a pretty hefty volume so I couldn't lug it around with me. I decided to start reading it last weekend because it was a long weekend. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish it. I spent my days at work, constantly thinking of the time when I could go back home and continue reading this story set in a lush, tropical island [...]

    • Wow. This was amazing. Will write it up as soon as I can manage a bit of coherence, and can pick and choose between all the many flagged quotes I want to shareWrite-up here.

    • Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Last week was the week for reading books I hadn't read yet by my favorite authors. Frances Hardinge is definitely one of my favorites. While I don't always love each individual book, I always appreciate them for the works of art they are. The Lost Conspiracy (Gullstruck Island-UK) is one of those books that swept me away on a tide of beautiful imagery and left me clinging to each page ready to know what happened next.The Lost Conspiracy i [...]

    • This book didn't quite get there for me. I really wanted it to. But it didn't.It is still an excellent book. I suspect that part of the issue is that it suffers in my eyes in comparison to A Face Like Glass (as most things do).The story is beautifully told. I'm going to start there. Frances Hardinge has a wonderful way of creating a world, one that strikes the right note between wonderfully strange while still being relatable in its familiarity. The world this book is set in is wonderfully imagi [...]

    • First of all, let me say upon finishing this book: Wow. Now let me start from the beginning: This is a big, thick doorstop of a book. I almost decided it wasn't worth the commitment, but then I re-read the glowing reviews and resigned myself to lugging it around for a week. When I was halfway through, I realized that this book is enormous for a good reason. The epic story that takes place in this book could have easily been spread into a trilogy (or more) but the author bit the bullet and told t [...]

    • Thisis book is art.I'm still in shock. Let me just say it was an extremely pleasant surprise.The language, characters, plot, setting, culture, everything, are all genius.The twists, oh the twists! I had to read carefully, weighing every word, to make sure I wasn't missing anything, but it was still fast-paced and quick to follow.The descriptionsere are several of my favorite kind, which make me stop and think "Oh, that's how it is, isn't it!" Like "self-control hissing out of him like grain out [...]

    • Think about a teacher from your past who was really hard on you but also forced you to learn important things. That's how I feel about this book. It expected a lot from me. I had to really pay attention to keep up. But the reward was an incredible story. The language was amazing. The rhythm, the imagery, the ebb and flow were all masterful. The words were at times soothing and forceful and playful. The setting was pure genius. Not only was it one of the most vivid settings I've ever read, but I [...]

    • Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge Genre - FantasyThere is a strange tribe of people who have bejeweled teeth. They speak a silent language sometimes. They read thoughts. They have secrets hidden inside them and they have to go to lengths to keep thosw secrets.Then there are people who can send their senses away from their bodies to look and search things. They are powerful and dangerous. And they know a few secrets too.There are tattooed revengers and blood-thirsty bounty hunters painted wit [...]

    • Hathin has spent her whole life protecting her sister Arilou. Many consider Arilou to be a Lost, a prophetess who can leave her body. But Hathin has been hiding a secret - she doesn't believe her sister is what she is perceived to be, so she finds ways to make people believe what they want.Hardige's beautiful prose and epic world building were on point as usual, but it was too long and needed some editing. I also wish there was a glossary and list of characters.

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