Threads That Bind

Penguin/Razorbill. Jun. 2023. 352p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593528716.
Gr 9 Up–In a world where children of dead gods inherit their power, a descendant of the Greek Fates must use her powers to help hunt a killer. Io can see and manipulate the Quilt—the threads of Fate that link people to life and love—and often follows the strands in her work as a private investigator in the city of Alante. Daughters of the Fates are always born in threes, but that doesn’t mean the sisters are close. Io’s family dynamics become even more complicated when her estranged sister arrives on the scene hand in hand with her prime suspect. When Io’s investigation puts her in the path of a boy she’s destined to love, a thread marking them a rare pair of soulmates, she becomes even more entangled in the criminal underbelly of the Stilts. Hatzopoulou braids many plot lines together to create her dystopian world, deftly weaving a gripping narrative about class, self-determination, and generational trauma. With vivid and compelling writing, the narrative immerses readers in a unique world on the edge of ruin and an achingly slow romance as Io must decide whether to tell Edei about the heart-thread or let him choose on his own. There is diversity in race and orientation throughout the story. Hand to fans of Leigh Bardugo’s “Grishaverse” who are looking for a cutthroat and magical criminal underworld.
VERDICT With a unique world and layered mystery, readers will love this book. A definite purchase for all YA collections.

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