There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.
Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her… for a very long time.
I bought this on kindle for my phone, and fell in love almost immediately. The voice of Wen is innocent and full of emotion the entire way through. You see the whole range of her life through her eyes. You are sucked in from the beginning. The writing is easy to read and the characters are well rounded and solid. There is love, hate, and many other conflicting emotions that Wen goes through.
So Wen lives in Gochan one, a slaughterhouse farm. The Noor are brought into the factory, to help work the “feast season”. They are treated pretty much like slaves, with very little pay and a lot of mean glares. One of them shames Wen publicly, so she goes to the renowned ghost and begs him to teach the Noor a lesson. It happens in a brutal way, catapulting Wen into a life that was hiding under her nose her whole life.
This book is part of a series that really illustrates racial tensions. I can’t wait to pick up the next book and fly through that one as well.
I rated this book 4/5 stars.