Pen’s life is all about secrets: the secret of the city’s spirits, deities and
monsters her best friend Beth discovered, living just beyond the notice of
modern Londoners; the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure
her so cruelly – and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her
mirror-sister, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror. Pen’s
reflected twin is the only girl who really understands her. Then Parva is
abducted and Pen makes a terrible bargain for the means to track her down. In
London-Under-Glass, looks are currency, and Pen’s scars make her a rare and
valuable commodity. But some in the reflected city will do anything to keep Pen
from the secret of what happened to the sister who shared her face. The Glass
Republic is the gripping sequel to The City’s Son, and the second book of The
Skyscraper Throne trilogy.
I loved The City’s Son so had high hopes for this book and it delivers plus some.
Tom takes the risk of changing his main character but this doesn’t diminish the plot at all. On the contrary its fantastic to get inside the head of Pen who was such an interesting secondary character in the first book.
The book is extremely well written and Tom’s warped imagination draws an intriguing reflection of London.
If you liked the first book this is better. If you haven’t read The City’s Son do now and then read this. So worth it.