The Friday 56: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
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      “Maybe it was the whisper of her own mama still stirring in her heart, Dani thought, that made her want to make this woman proud. But when she glanced up again, it was only to notice that Señora Agosta Garcia, with her stern face and her fastidious appearance, was as unlike Dani’s mama as one woman could be from another.”

Tehlor Kay Mejia’s We Set the Dark on Fire impressed me with it’s world-building, both in terms of originality and how Mejia drew on real-world issues to create a commentary on classism and immigration. You can read my review of this one hereCover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “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. Both paths promise 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 pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.
And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, 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 will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?”

16 thoughts on “The Friday 56: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

  1. Ahhh I’m planning to read this one soon! The cover is gorgeous and I really want to read more Latinx authors this year. 🙂

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