Author: James Agee Jr.
Release Date: August 17th, 2012
With James Agee, Jr.'s second work of fiction, Mask City, he presents a world where two siblings, Thomas and Lacy Farthur, are thrust out of their seemingly harmless world into a society they formerly didn't know existed: an underground domain where the common adage, "A person is not a person without a mask," is exploited in the most dreadful manner. Thomas and Lacy, through a series of dramatic and horrendous undertakings, eventually find themselves challenging the system that took everything away from them. This work is an exploration of friendship, trust, redemption, and discovering purpose.
I was given a review copy of Mask City from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, this book was very detailed and thought out. From the very first pages, I was instantly intrigued. The writing style had a nice flow to it and the story world was amazing. This book really needs some more recognition!
The book starts off telling the story of Thomas and Lacy's parents and how they came to meet/fall in love. After a couple of pages, Thomas and Lacy Farthur are introduced. The two siblings are extremely adventurous and love the outdoors. One day, though, in the middle of the night, they are taken by a woman and a man who prick their throats with needles.
We are then introduced to the Mask City. Let me just say that I was fascinated by the underground world James created. Also, the whole mask thing was a really neat idea as well. The concept overall was just, different and I liked that.
The ending left me satisfied and wanting more. After all the hardships and troubles in the Mask City, Thomas and Lacy finally make it back home. (Yay!) Probably the only thing I wanted to learn more about was if their parents survived. It was just something that was nagging me throughout the whole story. But, oh well, this book still was awesome and definitely worth at least four stars.