Book Review: Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan
There are three types of people in this world. Paper Caste (Human). Steel Caste. (Half Human | Half Demon. Moon Caste (Demon). Everyone has their rightful place as a result of the ruling of the Demon King.
Lei is a paper caste that finds herself recruited to the palace to become one of the demon caste King’s annual selection of Paper Girls. This is completely against her wishes and she struggles to accept her fate at the palace. She develops friendships and becomes assimilated which at times makes her feel guilty. But regardless of how familiar the routines become, her natural instincts will not betray her inability to fathom what everyone expects her to become.
The writing was descriptive and seemingly lyrical at times. There were tough themes of violence and sexual abuse but respectfully addressed. Also themes of family, friendship, and love and how you can draw bits of strength from those who care for you.
I think the author was able to show that it is possible to still be strong, have hope and end up living meaningfully after horrible circumstance.
The book hinted at a continuation/sequel. I can’t wait to see these characters develop further.