Series: Of Metal and Wishes, #1
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Paranormal, YA
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There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.
Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.
As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.
An Interview with Sarah Fine
Guys! I am so excited to be able to welcome author Sarah Fine onto the blog today. You may have heard of her latest book, Of Metal and Wishes, which is a Phantom of the Opera retelling set in a slaughterhouse. That just screams awesome, doesn’t it?
Your latest book, Of Metal and Wishes, is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. What made you want to retell this story? What do you like about it?
I actually didn’t set out to write a retelling of Phantom. I was inspired by watching the hidden camera footage of undocumented workers in a poultry processing plant in the documentary Food, Inc., and by the plight of the immigrant meatpackers in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. However, once I created the Ghost character, I realized he bore a similarity to the Phantom, and decided to embrace it and run with it! I love the creepy mystery and romance of all of it, though my book is a bit more gritty than Phantom, being set in a slaughterhouse and all.
If your book had a soundtrack, what would be one of the songs on the playlist?
A Light That Never Comes by Linkin Park and Steve Aoki.
If you had to describe Of Metal and Wishes in one sentence, what would it be?
Well, the one I use all the time is “A loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera set in a slaughterhouse.” Because Phantom is so well known, I think it quickly communicates the idea of romance and the haunting factor, but then when I say “slaughterhouse,” people’s eyes go really wide!
Are there any future books you could possibly tell us a little about?
Well, the sequel to Of Metal and Wishes comes out 8/4/15 and is called Of Dreams and Rust. While OMAW has a bit of a claustrophobic feel to it, with the whole story set in this one meat factory, ODAR is quite different, and takes place on a much grander scale. Everything is bigger: the romance, the conflict, the cultural differences. I hope readers find it to be a worthy conclusion to Wen’s story.
If you could write a retelling of one other story, which would it be? And why?
There’s an English fairy tale called “The Buried Moon” that I think would be fantastically eerie and potentially romantic to reconceive. It’s about the moon, who comes down from the sky to investigate the dark creatures who creep out to play when she doesn’t shine. But she ends up getting trapped by those creatures …
Completely unrelated to the book, but do you celebrate Halloween? If so, what do you like best about it?
These days, my Halloween celebrations are centered around my children. My son is the grim reaper this year, and he’s very excited about his scythe. My daughter will be an alligator. 🙂 Our neighborhood is really delightful on Halloween night, with hundreds of adorable kids in costumes running around. It’s a pretty fun evening.
Since this is a Halloween event, are there any scary books you’d recommend?
Oh, definitely Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke. It is fabulously atmospheric and incredibly creepy at certain points. The sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn, is equally delicious and spine-tingling. I highly recommend both! Warning, though: despite the scare factor, these books will leave you craving good coffee and gourmet cheese.
Thank you so much Sarah for taking the time to answer my questions! YA Midnight Readers: have you read Of Metal and Wishes? If not, has this post made you want to? 😛
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