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We Set the Dark on Fire
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Tehlor Kay Mejia is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire as well as its sequel, We Unleash the Merciless Storm; Miss Meteor (co-written with National Book Award nominee Anna-Marie McLemore); and her middle grade debut, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears. Her debut novel received six starred reviews and was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, as well as being an IndieBound bestseller in the Pacific Northwest region. It has been featured in Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and O The Oprah Magazine and named a best book of 2019 by Kirkus and School Library Journal. Tehlor lives in Oregon with her daughter, two very small dogs, and several rescued houseplants.

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"We Set the Dark on Fire burns bright... it will light the way for a new generation of rebels and lovers." -- NPR.org
"With its achingly slow-burn romance and incisive examination of power structures, this is a masterfully constructed novel, made all the more impressive as it's a debut." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)
"A richly constructed world full of fantasy and diversity, with a mystery that will keep them guessing until the very end." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"This fierce, feminist novel throws memorable characters into a provocative set of circumstances, and the constant twists will leave readers yearning for the conclusion." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This well-crafted fantasy offers a mirror that reflects themes in our own difficult world, namely privilege, immigration, and individualism versus the common good. A queer subplot with sensual tenderness adds rich complexity to the story. Thrilling and timely." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, We Set the Dark on Fire burns with parallels to today's biggest news headlines. Readers will walk away with thought-provoking questions to ponder, and the story's ending will ignite further fascination. -- BookPage (starred review)
"Mejia's debut creates a lush and beautiful Latinx-inspired world featuring complex female characters. With thrilling adventure, unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending, readers will clamor for the next installment." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"Mejia pens a compelling, gripping story that mirrors real world issues of immigration and equality." -- Buzzfeed
"We Set the Dark on Fire is dystopian YA as you've only dreamed it could be. Mejia's story is specific yet universal, intricate and vast; it's fire and smoke and the phoenix rising from the ashes." -- Tor.com
"With lots of action and palace intrigue, the novel is a page turner." -- New York Journal of Books
"Tehlor Kay Mejia makes an impressive debut in this thrilling tale of political intrigue... The author offers terrific suspense, compelling Latina heroines, a sizzling, forbidden romance and an interesting political backdrop of a nation with an entire mythology and founding narrative that conveniently supports the status quo." -- Buffalo News
"Frequent twists and turns and questions of whom to trust make for a page-turner, as does a clandestine queer romance. Unresolved questions at the fiery end are likely to leave readers eager for the promised second half of the duology." -- The Horn Book
"Tehlor Kay Mejia has fashioned a gripping tale of romance and rebellion. Dani captivated me and held my heart in a vice grip all the way to this book's stunning conclusion." -- Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night
"We Set the Dark on Fire simmers with political revolution and forbidden love between two powerful young women-I couldn't put it down." -- Audrey Coulthurst, author of Of Fire and Stars
"A vivid tale of political intrigue, power, and resistance that will thrill the hearts of readers." -- New York Times bestselling author Traci Chee
"A stunning debut. Tehlor Kay Mejia weaves a gorgeous narrative where etiquette can be wielded like a weapon and where wit can be just as powerful as a sword." -- Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch
"Mejia's given us a gift in this lush, rebellious, queer, Latinx story." -- Latinxs in Kid Lit
"Magical, explosive and fierce, We Set The Dark on Fire is a book that reminds readers that power is in the people and change starts the fire within their veins." -- The Young Folks.com

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