Featured Review: A Cloud of Outrageous Blue (Vesper Stamper)
About This Book:
For fans of Fever 1793 comes the story of a young woman paving her own path and falling in love during the Great Plague of 1348, from the award-winning creator of What the Night Sings.
Edyth grew up in a quiet village with a loving family, before losing everything she holds dear in the blink of an eye. Suddenly sent to live in a priory and work with ancient texts, Edyth must come to terms with her new life and the gifts she discovers in herself. But outside the priory, something much worse is coming. With the reappearance of a boy from her past and the ominous Great Plague creeping closer and closer to the priory, it will be up to Edyth to rise above it all and save herself.
From the award-winning author-illustrator of What the Night Sings comes a new journey of self-discovery and love in the most uncertain times.
*Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer*
A CLOUD OF OUTRAGEOUS BLUE is a historical fiction read that takes the reader to 1348-1349. Edyth grew up with her parents and brother. They were expecting another baby when her parents died and her family was shunned. Alone and unable to make it, her brother decides to send Edyth to a priory to work (not to become a nun).
Once there, Edyth finds a community, which has its benefits and challenges. When her synesthesia comes to light, it is seen as something possibly divine. As her status changes so too does the way she relates to the people around her. At the same time, the plague is spreading, and the illness is sure to touch life everywhere.
This was an intriguing dive into history and I particularly liked the illustrations included throughout. This is written for a YA audience, and the text is an interesting historical perspective with the superstitious nature of people at the time and the relatively low options for young women like Edyth. The romance was a little background, but I found Mason charming. I was most interested in the priory and how it was run/what daily life looked like. This seemed well-researched and it definitely brings the reader into the past. The shocking ending was really lyrically written, and I enjoyed this writing style with art woven with words that brings this book to life in an unusual way (for YA books).
Overall, A CLOUD OF OUTRAGEOUS BLUE is a powerful historical fiction that transports the reader into the past.
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