The first book in the critically acclaimed New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, the exhilarating and haunting saga from the author of The Diviners series and Going Bovine.
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one.
To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?
“A delicious, elegant gothic.”—PW, Starred
“Shivery with both passion and terror.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Compulsively readable." --VOYA
A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults)
Iowa High School Book Award
Garden State Teen Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
In a starred review, PW called this debut novel set in Victorian times "riveting." When the 16-year-old narrator's mother dies, the teen envisions how it happened, then finds herself en route to a British boarding school. "The pace is swift, the finale gripping." Ages 12-up.
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I bought this book on a lark and thought it might be mildly diverting - and it started that way. But as it unfolds it is very imaginative and by the end I was hoping there would be more. So I am. Excited to see there are two more books. Here's to more of the realms!
Beautiful and Tragic. Amazing.
This is the most beautiful book I've ever read.. It inspired me in many ways and it made me very emotional. It actually make me think about life and I've wished that all of it could be real!
I read this boom six years ago and I fell in love with the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. I reread the books every summer and I just fall in love with them over and over again. I was really hoping that this would be made into a movie, but part of me think that it's for the best that it hasn't, because nothing could ever live up to how great these books are!!