Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly starts with our main character Andi taking care of her mentally ill mother and grieving from the death of her brother. Her father decides that it would be good for her if she took a trip to Paris so that she can work on her senior thesis. When she arrives she finds a diary of a girl that lived during the heart of the French revolution. The book draws her in and soon the words become reality.
The theme of this book is “Love is the light that guides you through the dark”. One example is when Alexandrine the girl whose diary our protagonist Andi had found, launched what were called Lucifer Rockets in the air for a boy named Louis-Charles who was locked up. This was in order to remind him that there is still hope in this dark and cruel world “I will shatter the black night, break it open, and pour out a million stars. Turn away from the darkness, the madness, the pain. Open your eyes. And know that I am here. That I remember and hope.” (Donnelly, 447). The French Revolution really was a dark time in history. The pain and anger that Andi felt was also felt by Alexandrine they had both lost someone that either were family or were as good as family. Andi felt her first shred of happiness in years, a small ray of light piercing through the sadness that had built up the past few years after Truman’s death. “I feel something sitting here. In the darkness. With Virgil. It takes me a little time to recognize the feeling because it’s been so long. But then I do. It’s happiness.” (258). Lastly, when Andi is still in the 18th century and she is bleeding out on the catacombs floor she is having her last talk with Amadé, he talks about how the actions she did were of no use and that she gave up her life for no reason. He said that the world would keep going on. “Oh, dead man, you’re dead wrong,” I tell him. “The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can’t you see? I do not.” (457). Andi, however, knew the truth, she knew that she had given hope to the one person in the world that she loved, Louis-Charles.