Newt has only known the Bearmouth mine. Life is hard, harder than can be imagined. They serve the Master, toiling away in near darkness, death and dying is all around them, misery is their only company. People come and go, but the work never stops, Newt sees those around them fading away, working themselves to death. Then Devlin comes to the mine, and starts to whisper about revolution. Even talk of this kind of thing is dangerous, the Master has eyes and ears everywhere. At first, Newt doesn't trust Devlin, but this soon changes and Newt along with everyone else in the mine is sent hurtling towards a deadly yet exhilarating end.
Bearmouth is truly a unique YA that is near impossible to put down. Newt's voice is raw and heartbreaking all at the same time. The corruption, the misery, the damp dark coffin like atmosphere of Bearmouth drips off of every page. You might squirm a little reading this, in a good way, because it's simply that engrossing. I loved this book and am excited to see the students' reactions when they read it. I'd suggest it for ages 13+