- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Available in: Ebook, Kindle
In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more.
Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities – last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.
The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?
Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction
The Gay YA Book of the Month October 2014
Nominated for the 2014 UKYA Book Award in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Nominated for the 2014 British Fantasy Society Best Newcomer Award
Scottish Book Trust Teens Book of the Month May 2014
Top Ten Title for the 2014 ALA Rainbow List
Shortlisted for the 2014 NE Teen Book Award
Nominated for the 2014 ALA Popular Paperbacks List in the GLBTQ category
Nominated for the 2014 Cybils Award
Longlisted for the 2014 Catalyst Book Award
“Pantomime by Laura Lam took me into a detailed and exotic world, peopled by characters that I’d love to be friends with . . . and some I’d never want to cross paths with.”
– Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer trilogy
“Pantomime is a fantastical, richly drawn, poignant take on a classic coming-of-age story . . . a vibrant tale told with surety and grace.”
– Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy & Six of Crows
“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomime is a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
– Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress, and Adaption