Waiting on Wednesday: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia


Release Date: February 26, 2019

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books


At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

The first in a sizzling fantasy duology from debut author Tehlor Kay Mejia, We Set The Dark On Fire is a boldly feminist look at freedom, family, and fighting the power.

Why I am Excited About It:

First, let’s take a moment to drool over the cover!

And then let’s take another moment to freak out about the synopsis!

Okay! Cool!

I have been waiting for someone to come out with another book like The Handmaid’s Tale as it has been so popular and the themes are such interesting and powerful marks on society. Though I STILL have yet to read it! Yes I know I am a horrible reader. Though maybe I will make it my goal to read it before I read Dark on Fire.

It also kind of reminds me of The Belles a bit. Like in The Belles, I feel like the society is going to be presented as this lavish, want-for-nothing society that has some really dark secrets. I also want to know the history of Medio. Was it always like this? Or was there a change in the society that caused this to become the cultural norm?

Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme by Jill at Breaking the Spine and is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings!


4 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

  1. Ooh nice. Love books like that, where the protag has to choose between what they’ve always wanted and doing what may be right. And yeah awesome cover!


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