The redbrick row houses on Simon’s street were divided by pretty white wrought iron fences, each of which had a gate that led to a tiny patch of garden in the back of the house. The sky was bright blue and the air cool, despite the sunny skies. Clary could taste the tang of future snow on the air.
— “City of Ashes’ by Cassandra Clare
So now we get a time reference, but the problem? The problem is that the time reference is fucking vague as fuck okay? Once again, we don’t get a concrete answer on how much time has actually passed since the battle. Yeah, we get some subtext that it must have have been a few days up to a week. Yet Clare never out rightly writes that into her book!
So it’s right now by my own calculation and Clare’s timeline it has to be close to early to mid-September. I know damn well that most schools in the U.S. has most likely started their fall semester. Down here in Texas, we start school in late August, but other parts of the country school don’t really start until after labor day.
I can sort of buy that the Lightwoods and Jace are being homeschooled. Jace basically came out and outright said that they were being tutored at home. Although with Hodge (who I would assume was their primary tutor) dead I don’t know how they are getting their education lately. However, both Clary and Simon go to a private school and I personally think it’s a fucking waste of tuition for them to just be chilling at home.
If Clare wanted to right adults, then she should have done that. Adults can quit work or university without their being too much fuss. However, the same can’t be said for school-age kids. Truancy is no joke, especially down here in Texas. If you kids don’t show up enough times at school a parent can get a hefty fine or even be put in jail up to a year. Yes, they are consequences if you suddenly lose your job or drop out of college as an adult. However, for underage kids, Truancy is breaking the law period.
It still makes no sense that it’s this late in the season and none of the teenagers are mentioning school unless everyone has decided to just drop out of High School. It would actually make sense for Simion because contrary to that bullshit in Twilight, a bloodthirsty vampire roaming the halls filled tasty teenagers is a recipe for disaster. However, no one else has an excuse, Clary included.
So again I have to ask: Why are all these kids not in fucking school?
Sadly, it’s not too hard to come up with the most probable answer. Simply, this book series is Cassandra Clare’s wank fantasy and as a grade-a suethor, she will not allow things such as logic or reason to interfere with her fantasy.