Dhaivyd H edited the summary of Revolution Tuesday, January 3, 2012.
Twenty-first century Brooklyn is home to Andi, a high school senior who is struggling to deal with the death of her younger brother and the guilt she feels for her part in his death. Andi is a talented guitarist. Her mother is barely maintaining her sanity, and her Nobel prize-winning father is a famous geneticist who decides to put the mother into a mental institution and take Andi with him to Paris, where she is to create the outline and introduction to her graduation thesis. Her paper is to focus on the life and music of a fictitious composer from the era of the French Revolution, Amade Mahlerbeau.
In Paris, Andi and her father are hosted by historians who allow Andi to play an 18th century guitar. In a secret compartment of the guitar case, Andi discovers the diary of a young, 18th century woman named Alex. Alex is the au pair for Louis-Charles, the "Lost Dauphin" of France.
Revolution's main character, Andi, is a talented musician and high school senior at a posh Brooklyn private school hell-bent on destruction. Her little brother recently died in a tragic accident, her mother is teetering on the edge of sanity and her Nobel Prize winning father has focused on his career as a famous geneticist, forgoing all family obligations. Andi is at the point of being expelled from her school when her father decides to intervene and takes her to Paris to stay with family friends while he performs an important DNA test on what may be the remains of Louis-Charles, the "Lost Dauphin" of France. Andi takes breaks from the writing of her paper to read journal entries, and becomes engrossed in the life of Alex.
Andi also finds romance and musical companionship in contemporary Paris before being launched through time into 18th century Paris, where she spends time with Amade Mahlerbeau and learns previously undiscovered facts about his family of origin.
The epilogue leaves us with a feeling of resolution and victory for the main character, to whom the reader becomes so close in this extremely well-written book.