Author: Aprilynne Pike
Date of Publication: October 25th, 2016
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
Glitter begins with the main character Danica trying to figure out a way to escape and lose her identity so she does not have to marry a king who she saw murder another human being. Her only way out is to somehow get five million dollars which she has no way how.
Danica finds out that her father is addicted to a drug that he began when he learned of her forced engagement that was arranged by her mother after her and her mother caught the king murder a lover of his. Through her father Danica meets his drug dealer and a guy named Saber who she is instantly infatuated with and discovers the drug called glitter.
She decides glitter is her only way of true escape and will mix it in with cosmetics to get people in the kingdom addicted and to purchase more from her.
When I first read the summary for this book I was so excited about the whole Marie Antoinette style, but with a character as selfish as Danica the things that she did to escape rubbed me the wrong way. I get that she wants to escape but to sit here and drug people without them knowing is not the way to go about it.
The romance was odd because she is all set on finding a way to escape and then meets one of the drug dealers named Saber and is infatuated with him immediately. I am sorry, but why would you be interested in a drug dealer that you know nothing about and those drugs have also been going to your father?????
The system that is named M.A.R.I.E. was also ridiculous and seemed to easy of a name to decide on. I did however like the futuristic aspects mixed in with the eighteenth century lifestyle which was pretty awesome. Also the Glitter cover is so achingly beautiful and that is what drew me in right away.
It does say that this is sort of like Breaking Bad mixed with Marie Antoinette. I have never seen Breaking Bad, so maybe if you like that then you will like this. This book just was not for me, but maybe you guys will like it.
How does this book sound to you?