Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
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Mackie Doyle is a replacement — a fairy child left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago, to replace the baby when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because his fey blood gives him fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world.
Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. Why did I read this book: I have heard nothing but praise for The Replacement , and was excited to give it a try. The gown of Gentry is a quiet, insular place. Isolated from the woes that seem to befall other small towns, such as recessions, droughts or floods, Gentry thrives.
But prosperity comes at a price, and those in the town all abide by the same unspoken rules; every few years, children disappear and are replaced. Most times, these replacements are weak and strange, and die quickly.
Those that remain are singled out because of their otherness , and are the types of changelings that attract mobs, puritanical anger, and are burned. Mackie Doyle has had to follow strict rules his entire life in order to avoid unwanted attention. Although deathly allergic to iron even the smell of it in spilled blood and unable to set foot on unconsecrated ground, Mackie is a changeling that has, by the love of his family, managed to pass for human.
But Mackie knows that something has changed for the worse, as he grows weaker and increasingly sensitive to the iron around him. I loved Ms. I loved the idea of the insular town of Gentry, with its secrets and death things writhing beneath the surface, with a history of sacrifice and payments in blood. That said, while I felt the writing was beautiful and the idea of the book solid, the execution of the novel was a bit lacking, with a patchwork plot and uneven storytelling.
The pacing felt off, too, as I found my interest waning by the midway point of the book, as it takes far too long to really get to the central conflict of The Replacement which in itself lacks some much needed intensity and direction. More than anything else, The Replacement felt more like a vignette of striking scenes and ideas, but lacked the cohesion that could have made the book truly excellent.
The saving grace for The Replacement lies with its characters. Everything is cold and branches scrape the window screen. Giant trees, rattling, clattering with leaves. White rain gutter, the curtain flapping. Pansies, violets, sunflowers. I know the fabric pattern by heart. I dream about fields, dark tunnels, but nothing is clear. I dream that a dark shape puts me in the crib, puts a hand over my mouth, and whispers in my ear. Shh, it says. And, Wait. No one is there, no one is touching me, and when the wind comes in around the edges of the window frame, my skin is cold.
I wake up feeling lonely, like the world is big and freezing and scary. Like I will never have anyone touch me again. You can read the full excerpt HERE. Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers. By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. Whoa, the US and UK versions look so different! For a second there before I had a chance to read the text, I thought they were different books!
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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Stand alone or series: Stand alone novel How did I get this book: Review Copy from the Publisher Why did I read this book: I have heard nothing but praise for The Replacement , and was excited to give it a try.
Review: The gown of Gentry is a quiet, insular place. By Thea. Rana January 8, at am I love the review! So eerie! The book sounds amazing. It was good but could have been a bit better. Anonymous September 17, at pm It is a horror story confuse but it is the best book a have ever heard in my entyre life. Follow booksmugglers on Instagram Instagram has returned invalid data.
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Mackie's nauseated by the scent of blood, is burned by cold iron and would die if he entered a church. None of this helps him avoid notice in his hometown, where close-mouthed neighbors hang horseshoes and leave milk in the garden. No quaint old-world superstitions, these; in the town of Gentry, a child dies mysteriously every seven years. Mackie's been raised to avoid notice, so nobody will recognize him for the changeling his parents and adoring sister know him to be.
Share on:. Mackie lives in Gentry, a prosperous but quiet town. People are good and kind and the trials and tribulations of other places have traditionally been absent from Gentry. Recently, however, things have felt less secure. People are getting nervous and it just won't stop raining. Mackie isn't doing too well either. His allergies to blood and steel are getting worse and worse and his health is beginning to fail.