Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Midnight Charter by David Whitley

During the gray plague outbreak in Agora, Mark is sold to Dr. Theophilus to pay for his father's debts. Mark becomes the doctor's apprentice, but Mark's new friend Lily convinces him to switch jobs with her. Lily was working for Count Stelli, the great Agorian astrologer. After the switch is made, their lives change completely. Mark rises in power and prestige with Count Stelli, while Lily is constantly defending her work with Dr. Theophilus in helping the poor. When a mutual friend is murdered, Lily discovers that a secret society—known as the Midnight Charter—has been watching her and Mark to see if they are the prophesied ones who are to change the future of Agora forever.

Whitley creates an intriguing and thought-provoking story with The Midnight Charter. The Agora society is based on contracts between people for any job or promise and is void of charity or selfless service. But when Lily creates an almshouse to help the poor, she is fighting the very principles Agora was founded upon. The Midnight Charter can be an excellent classroom resource for analyzing the make-up of different societies or imaging our world without charity. This book is the first book of the Agora Trilogy.

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