Book Review: We Set the Dark on Fire

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Hello Beautiful Readers,

I decided to dedicate the next three weeks to catch up with the reviews of the books I've finished and loved. Today, we have We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, which immediately drew me in for its mythology, feminism, and reflection on current events. As a Latina, I really loved the way my culture was represented in this book, and I was glad that I was able to listen this story with the words of my mother tongue spoken beautifully.

Book Review: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlow Kay Mejia. Review Written by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World.

Here is all the fun info for We Set the Dark on Fire:

Reading Challenge No.: 21/45

Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publication Date: February 26, 2019

Format: Audiobook

Length: 9h 54m

POV: 1st person, through Daniela's POV.

Genres: #YA #YAFantasy #YADystopian #LGBTQ

Series or Standalone? Series: Book 1.

First Sentence:

"In the beginning, there were two brother-gods: the God of Salt and the God of Sun."

Favorite Character: Sota

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Quote from We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?


Quote from We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World.

Saying that I loved We Set the Dark on Fire is probably an understatement. This book is powerful in a way that it empowers. It is emotional because even in the fictional world of Medio, I saw reflected so many of the current events happening in this country; families sacrificing their safety to give their children a better chance, and women finding the strength to be themselves.

Mejia's weaving of mythology, political games, rebellion really fascinated me, and her strong characters navigated the world challenging all odds.

It makes me happy that she added an LGBTQ+ couple in the story, because love is love.

I listened to it in my car, while going to work in the mornings. It was so satisfying listening to it because it was beautifully narrated.

In short, I really recommend this book, and I can't wait for the second book, We Unleash the Merciless Storm, to come out in February 25, 2020.

My rating:

"If we're not all free, none of us are free." Quote from We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World.

Thank you for reading my review of We Set the Dark on Fire. Next, I'll post my review for The Tiger at Midnight.

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Love, Lourdes.

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