Violet's in her element. Cosplay at the ready, she can't wait to feel part of her favorite fandom: The Gallows Dance, a mega book and movie franchise that she and her friends know EVERY WORD of (canon and fanfic included).
But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the story for real. And in just the first five minutes, they cause the death of the heroine, and get taken prisoner by the rebel group she was supposed to lead to victory.
It's up to Violet to take her place, and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own, and when you change the script in one place, the rest gets revised too...
Day's debut novel blends the joy of falling in love and the stark terror of actually becoming part of a fictional world, with no idea how to return home. Seventeen-year-old Violet doesn't simply love the Hunger Games esque world of The Gallows Dance: she all but lives and breathes both the book and its film adaptation. After an accident at Comic-Con somehow transports Violet, her younger brother Nate, and two friends into the future dystopian London setting of The Gallows Dance, the story and characters diverge sharply from the canon she knows so well. As they attempt to find a way to return home with their innocence and imaginations intact, the lines of friendship, family, and love are pushed to their limits. Day hits the novel's themes rather hard, particularly the idea of people not being who they appear on the surface, and the grim dystopian world of The Gallows Dance comes across as overfamiliar to the point of derivative. But readers will come away thinking about how realities (fictional and otherwise) can and cannot be changed, and the not-entirely-happy ending leaves the door open for future storytelling. Ages 14 up.