Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen is the first book in the series, and this is evident by the last chapter being left open-ended. It is told by Lucinda Price, in third person point-of-view. She is sent to Sword and Cross, a school for troubled teens, where she meets Daniel, and Cam, who are fallen angels.

I liked the theme of memories and dreams and how the two are interwoven. When Luce arrives at Sword & Cross her dreams become more frequent, they are of another time, place, with Daniel. This helps build the external conflict by providing insight into Luce’s internal conflict.

The idea of combining two themes was fascinating, and when applied to my own writing, I discovered that on the surface the theme is truth, as it follows Danielle’s search for answers. Along that journey another theme emerges, one of self-discovery, because every move Danielle makes is a step closer to the truth, but who she is, what she is destined to do, and the importance of her blood and how that affected the lives of her loved ones – gran and her mother.

Kate L. (2009). Fallen (1st ed.). London: Penguin Random House UK.


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