School has already been in session for about a month when Luce arrives, late, for her orientation at Sword & Cross, a reform school near her home in Georgia. After meeting and talking with a few students before her first class, she makes eye contact with Daniel, someone she thinks is a stranger, but seems so familiar. When he meets her look, he responds by giving her the finger.
In spite of that greeting, Luce can not keep her mind off of Daniel, even though Cam is certainly trying to keep her thoughts elsewhere – giving her special attention, and presents, including a new necklace. But Luce spends much of her free time trying to learn more about Daniel, with the help of a well-connected friend.
Events over her first few weeks at school begin to draw Daniel closer to Luce. He eventually starts acting less cold with her and little by little the real Daniel starts to emerge, and he is definitely more than what he seems – as are some of the other Sword & Cross students.
With Fallen, by Lauren Kate, this supernatural young adult novel is hard to sum up without giving too much away. For me, I never really hit that point where the book grabbed me. While I know there is a sequel, Torment, coming out, so this book was mostly establishing the story, I still felt like it really only gave a small glimpse of the full story surrounding Luce, Daniel, Cam and the rest. Towards the end I found myself pushing through just so I could see what would happen, without any vested interest in any of the characters or their outcomes.
Author: Lauren Kate
Published: December 8, 2009 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers