Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show. But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that–illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered. Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.
I will start by saying I love the fact that we get a main character that isn’t perfect in the looks department. Sorina has no eyes but can still see. She is an illusionist and her freak show is made up of her and “freaks” she created.
Sorina always thought her family were just illusions but when she finds one of them dead she discovers there is more to her powers then she realises. In her hunt to find the murderer Sorina finds love and finds out there is more to Gomorrah than a mere traveling festival.
At first I found the book a bit slow. The characters are a bit one dimensional and hard to get attached to. Sorina is a child and blind to so much but I ended up engrossed in the book needing to see who the killer was and if my theory was right.
This story poses a lot of questions about what it means to be alive. What makes one life worth more than another?In the end I enjoyed the story. I did figure it out but it was a nice take on things.
Also it’s got a really pretty Cover which is always a bonus