This young adult fantasy is a whimsical story about a “black and white” colored night circus that comes alive, but only at night. “The Night Circus arrives without warning.” It’s activity is mysterious and unpredictable.
I appreciated the evolution of the characters as well as detailed imagery of the scenes and dialogue. The author allowed me to transcend time and open a gateway into the imagination and thoughts of each character. It will be interesting to see how the book is developed into film, because the Le Cirque des Rêves scenes (the Circus of Dreams), only exists in three colors (white, black, and red). I am anticipating the visual interpretation of this amazing story. The author goes so far to suggest that the circus is a living breathing entity.
The two rivals of our mystical tale, Celia and Marcos master the magical skills of illusion and deception over the course of the book. The circus moves periodically, which many of the events take place in cities around the world at the turn of the 20th century. The descriptions of the tents and the bonfire are a unique and charming transformation. The characters of the night circus grow into an interdependent family. I grew very fond of the entertainers and their gifts as well as the author’s ability to tell a unique and refreshing perspective of the circus (Le Cirque des Rêves). The people that witness the magical circus (Rêveurs called dreamers) carry on the tradition by wearing black and white with a splash of red. Our characters vow to keep the dream of the circus alive. How will they do it? Read the book to see how this wonderful story ends!