This book does what the very best fantasy should do – teach us about our own world. I wish everyone would read this extraordinary book about the ingrained complexities of prejudice and the power of education. "Real education doesn't make your life easy. It complicates things and makes everything messy and disturbing. But the alternative, Elloren Gardner, is to live your life based on injustice and lies." It isn’t preachy, and it’s often not pretty – but it’s exciting, realistic, powerful, and hopeful.