March 6th, 2022 by Karen
Imagine a land ruined by a great fire, now covered in ashes and cloaked in darkness — until one day, a man appears in the capital city and magically creates light once again. This is the world of A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat. And this is the world where we meet a boy and a girl who are strangers, and yet their fates depend on each other…
Pong was born in Namwon Prison because his mother broke the law. Now that she has died, Pong is required to stay in prison and endure her punishment until he is old enough to be released. Nok is the prison warden’s daughter, and she is determined to follow the rules and be a perfect citizen.
One day, Pong seizes an opportunity to escape from prison. He has no plan — he just runs. For Nok’s family, this is a major problem for their reputation. Nok’s father gets in big trouble, and Nok decides to restore her family honor and prove herself by finding Pong and bringing him back to prison.
Eventually, Nok and Pong find themselves in the city of Chattana, where both of their lives are turned upside down. Pong learns that some communities have much more access to the magical light bestowed by the Governor while others struggle to get by, and he realizes that even outside the prison walls, not everyone is truly free. Meanwhile Nok discovers a secret that she never imagined, changing the way she sees herself and the world around her. In the face of these surprises, what will Pong and Nok do next? And how will their choices affect one another forever? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
I highly recommend A Wish in the Dark to… well, to pretty much everyone! If you’re a fan of adventures, you’ll enjoy following Pong’s escape and Nok’s pursuit. If you like fantasy worlds, you’ll love visiting the unique settings in the book and reading about all the different kinds of light and how they’re used. If you’re usually drawn to stories about self-discovery, friendship, and community, then you’ll find plenty of character growth and relationships to explore. Like I said, I’d suggest this book to everyone!
If you’ve already read this book, please leave a comment below with your thoughts! Or tell me: What’s your favorite color, and what would be a good use for light in that color?
Karen’s favorite color is deep blue. That would make for a pretty dark light, so not good for reading or eating, which are two of Karen’s favorite activities. But deep blue light could be a perfect fit for another one of Karen’s favorite things to do: sleeping!