A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
Published January 1st 2012
In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell’s expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .
This book was way weirder than I expected.
A Face Like Glass starts off in cheese tunnels (I kid you not) and it only gets more and more odd from there. With sentences like “the cheeses were Grandible’s only friends and family, their scents and textures taking the place of conversation” and “The child was thriving on the perilous splendors of the cheese kingdom”, I just couldn’t take this book seriously. Maybe it’s just me but I couldn’t get through one page without laughing at something that was said. It felt like a small children’s book about a mouse that loves cheese rather than a Young Adult book.
I’ve seen tons of 5 star reviews for this book so I’m probably the only one who doesn’t love this book.
Honestly, this book just wasn’t for me. I loved the synopsis but I just couldn’t get past the weird cheese talk.