Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pantomime by Laura Lam


R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilization long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.


****As a warning, this review does contain a spoiler!****

When I first began reading Pantomime, I was expecting a possible love story involving both Gene and Micah Grey or that somehow they would stumble upon a great secret/world involving them.
Turns out I was wrong. There was no love story or two people being joined together by the circus.

Gene and Micah are in fact the same person. Gene/Micah is an intersex character who was tired of trying to live up to the expectations of his/her parents, wearing dresses and living the life of a girl, she decides that she wants a change. She then decides to dress up as a boy and become Micah Grey who will later join the circus. Micah is not welcomed into the group immediately, and it takes time for that to happen.

The story alternates back and forth between the past and the present until Gene/Micah’s past finally catches up to the current times. The flashbacks reveal Gene’s life before Gene ran away from home. It is then the reader has a better glimpse into Gene/Micah’s struggle with their self-identity and soon the past collides with the present.

Final thoughts: 

This story was not what I thought it was going to be. However the author does a good job with the subject matter. The world building and the details of the circus were so clear. I love the circus and that air of mystery, the unknown, and magic that it holds.  

Pantomime is a coming of age story about identity and acceptance. It takes the reader on an interesting journey that is filled with emotional struggle.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

** I received this book from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you.** 


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