2018 Reading Challenge, Book 4 – Rebel of the Sands

Hi, Hey, Hello!

I am remaining on track with this reading challenge so far so go me!

I have now started my first series of the year that I will read through to completion and currently it is the only one that I will read from start to finish (but that is kind of dependent on when I time my Red Queen reading, I currently only have the first book and have the last book on pre-order for May so I may do that one as well). I’m already on book 2 and book 3 will enter my life at the book launch event which I am going to at Waterstones Piccadilly on Friday. Yay!

This is another one of those books that kind of took me a little while to get into. Firstly it was a totally different tone and pace to the book that I just finished and it took me a while to settle back into it in that respect. Also this book just jumps straight on into the action and you just have to catch up. It took me a while to do that. And then it took me about 150 pages to settle into the world that I was now in, this is the first book I’ve read since Caraval that was kind of set in an alternate, borderline dystopian world and so it took me a bit of time to adapt fully to that.

But once I did I was in.

Amani is a total badass and it was hard not to root for her from the get go. As she moved through the narrative and just tried to find a better world for herself. She was also hella flawed, I mean that whole leaving her best friend maybe for dead thing was savage and the amount of times that she left Jin to try and save her own skin, while it made sense, was kinda harsh especially because up until his other motives became apparent he was kind of only trying to protect her.

And now that I’ve brought him up, Jin. What an enigma he is. I went through phases with him, by the end I was here for him. I found him fascinating mainly because you kind of know nothing about him other than the fact that he was attached to that compass and couldn’t shoot straight. I liked that he just kind of accepted the kind of person that Amani was from the get go. He knew she was the better shot, he trusted her to get shit done. They were quite the duo.

This book took a really interesting turn and ramped up real fast once it all became apparent exactly who Jin was and Amani actually was. Reading her figure out who she is and what exactly she could do and what that meant for her and those around her made the last quarter of this book so interesting and so engaging. From that point on it really had me hooked and I was blitzing through the pages so quickly and kept getting annoyed any time that I had to get off the train in order to go to work or go home. It went from 50 to 100 real quick and it threw me at first but then I just buckled on in for the ride and loved every second.

I finished this book yesterday night, and although the ending definitely left scope for future books it also felt somewhat conclusive. I just jumped straight on into the second one and I gotta be honest, just closing one book and then opening the next one is maybe not the best idea. Especially when that next one starts in a completely different narrative, but that’s for another day.

In terms of this book I enjoyed. I enjoyed the world that was built up and the characters that inhabited it. I enjoyed the way the story arced and the scope that it leaves for the next books. I enjoyed how it was written and the way it read. It gets you hooked slowly and then keeps you there until the end. I enjoyed how cinematic it felt.

Yeah, I would recommend it.

3/5 stars

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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