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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell is a young adult dystopian novel about what it means to be human. Magnolia “Nola” Kent is a young woman who has lived in the Dome her entire life. When a riot on Charity Day gets out of hand, she meets an old flame named Kieran, who asks her for medication to save someone else’s life. As time goes on, she begins to realize just how different the world is, and desperately seeks help for the people outside. Before she knows it, she’s thrust into a world filled with drugs, poverty, and desperation. In this thrilling novel, Russell explores an apocalyptic world through the eyes of a girl who must find a way to bridge the gap between humans and monsters, all the while moving on from an uncertain life that knows nothing of sorrow.
Personally, when I read about Jeremy, Kieran, and Nola, I thought it would be just another teenage love triangle that would go about resolving itself in an overly-dramatic way. I was happy to see that this was not the case. All three care about the future and humanity, and all three have their own way of going about it. Kieran would support the vampires in trying to find a way that humans can survive on the outside; Jeremy would take charge within the Dome through the Outer Guard; and Nola would be the bridge that connected the Dome and the outside world. Despite that, the reality of an apocalyptic nightmare shattered their expectations. Desperation and poverty run rampant, and it was only through the three sides that they were able to even begin to grasp just how dire things are. In some cases, I found the vampires even more humane than the very humans that have trapped themselves inside their ivory towers. Honestly, Charity Day was rather a brutal concept, taking pity on the suffering citizens on the outside while they enjoyed their luxurious lives from within. It’s a story rife with drama and politics, and one that I believe every reader will enjoy.