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The Tombs de Deborah Schaumberg
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The Tombs (edició 2018)

de Deborah Schaumberg (Autor)

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New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers. Deborah Schaumberg's gripping debut takes readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried? Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn't. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than listening to secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive. Like her mother's, Avery's powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power--or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on "patients"...and no one knows why.… (més)
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I was curious about the title, intrigued by the cover, and once I began, I just couldn't stop. That's how mesmerizing I found the story to be.

We're in the early 1800's, Brooklyn, New York, and seeing the world through the gritty, muddied streets of the average Joe/Jane...or rather the ones that once were higher up, knocked down by circumstance and odd occurrences. Young Avery is a girl in a boy's world, just trying to help her father, the only family she has left, as they claw and crawl each day into something resembling a life. Meanwhile, a man claiming to be a doctor tempts homeless urchins with coin and a promise, snatching the ones he wants while leaving the rest to wonder what happened. Perhaps more disturbing than the events I just mentioned is that Avery recognizes him.

By books end, I was gobsmacked. So much happens in a relatively short span of time. We learn what became of Avery's mother, why her father vehemently warns her against visiting the gypsies, the identity and fate of the blue-eyed breath stealing boy from the festival night, the function of Avery's "condition" and the lengths to which some will go to obtain control over all. Some of it's pretty heady stuff, while others you simply feel in your heart and your gut. There's mystery, a little romance, friendship, manipulation, sadistic pursuits of power, freedom, confinement, terror, and above all, the resilience of the human heart to see the error of its ways even when things seem so far gone...well, of MOST to see anyway.

All I can say is this...in my opinion, I LOVED it; whether you do or not is entirely up to you. Take a chance, approach with an open mind, and give yourself over to the history tinted but fantastically altered reality you'll certainly wish most aspects of will stay firmly in fiction.


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  GRgenius | Sep 15, 2019 |
Student Review by: Hayley K (11th grade)
Grade Range: 8th grade and up
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization:Good
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“Once you enter The Tombs you’ll never come out.” The Tombs is a wicked tale about Avery Kohl trying to rescue her mother from inside the daunting Tombs asylum run by the evil Dr. Spector. When Avery was thirteen, her mother was captured by men in crow masks due to her power to see memories of others and heal mental pain through a single touch. Now that Avery is sixteen she fears for her life as she herself begins to show the same abilities as her mother. When she accidentally blows up a machine at her job as a welder in an ironworks factory, Avery must lay low and hide her abilities. In order to save her mother from The Tombs, Avery must embrace her powers and team up with a Romany group as well as her long time best friend, Khan to save not just her mother, but the city of New York from Dr. Spector and The Tombs.

The Tombs had me on the edge of my seat as I was transported into a world full of suspense and dark themes. The horror aspect of the book greatly complimented the industrial time period featuring intensive metalwork in factories and bizarre medical techniques. I appreciated the attention to the details of the time period such as child labor in the factories and the formation of unions. I liked Avery as a character; she was quirky and unique compared to many main female characters. My favorite aspect about Avery was her ability to craft such works of art with iron. The pacing of the book, however, felt scattered throughout the chapters. Some chapters were too slow and dragged the plot or progressed too fast to understand the big picture of the story. I also feel the development of the romance throughout the book was inadequate and felt quite forced; Avery and her love interests lacked chemistry. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the characters. The author did a wonderful job to capture what it would be like in New York during 1882 while putting her own fictional spin onto real history events.

Recommendation: Anyone who likes the industrial age in America and embracing the horrors of the time period and while enjoying characters with supernatural abilities. ( )
  SWONroyal | Apr 25, 2018 |
This historical fantasy takes place in an alternate history New York in 1882. Avery Kohl is a young woman working in one of the many factories. She a welder in an iron works. She and her father are hiding from the Crows who took her mother and imprisoned her in the Tombs which is part prison and part mental asylum. Her father works as a clockmaker/inventor which brings in a steampunk element to the story.

Avery is sixteen and starting to have the sort of visions that led to her mother's imprisonment. She's afraid that she is going mad. She's determined to get into the Tombs to see her mother and ask her questions. After she sees the conditions under which her mother exists and attracts the attention of the mad scientist who is experimenting on her, she becomes determined to find a way to free her mother.

Meanwhile, her own paranormal ability explodes and she needs to go to the Gypsies for training in using or hiding her powers. There she finds out that a boy named Indigo that she met years ago has been taken by the Crows too. She recruits her best friend Khan - a young black man who her father rescued during the Civil War - to help her.

This story is packed with history from the problem with race relations, the problem with organizing labor unions, and the role of women. It takes place in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge which is just being built and is a marvel of its age. It takes place in the grimy and gritty factories where children can be beaten by their supervisors. It adds in magic in Avery's power as an aura seer and a mad scientist who is making a formula to make laborers docile and obedient using the blood of seers.

This is filled with action as Avery and her friends try to free her mother and elude the Crows sent by the scientist to capture her. Once captured, the conditions in the Tombs are horrible but Avery manages to make friends and design a plan to escape.

The main plot point which is freeing her mother is accomplished but there are a number of dangling threads left for a sequel. I thought the story began slowly but, once I got the rhythm, it gained momentum and became a fast paced adventure. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jan 27, 2018 |
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New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers. Deborah Schaumberg's gripping debut takes readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried? Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn't. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than listening to secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive. Like her mother's, Avery's powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power--or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on "patients"...and no one knows why.

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