by Alwyn Hamilton
Synopsis: Ummm…..a lot of stuff happened in the desert.
First line: They said the only folks who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good. I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t up to no bad either.
I was a desert girl. I thought I knew heat. I was wrong. (page 113)
“So what do you say, Bandit.” He stuck his hand out. “Stick together?”
My hand fit well in his. (page 125)
I didn’t want to leave him. He made the world bigger. I wanted to go to the countries he’d been to. And more than anything I wanted him to ask me to go with him. But we were running out of time together. (page 143)
“You know, I never believed in fate until I met you.” (page 156)
She surveyed her small army: a shape-shifter, a gold-skinned girl, a foreign prince and a blue-eyed bandit. (page 204)
Rating and Review: 3/5 stars.
So, here’s the thing. This was shopped to me as a basically Wrath and the Dawn (which was perfection). So I was like
Very original. I haven’t read a story like Rebel of the Sands...ever. Of course there are millions of coming-to-age stories, but this one was special simply because of the characters and the setting. The writing itself was beautiful; full of imagery. I could definitely feel the desert and I could see everything in my head that Hamilton was writing down, which I loved. The battle scenes were a little confusing, but I was again, probably reading too fast and jumping over stuff.
The twist served its purpose. I was completely surprised. Once it was revealed, it all made sense, which is the purpose of a twist, so that was awesome.
The romance between Bandit and Jin was great. Their slow-mounting feelings for each other made complete sense and I was thankful it wasn’t an insta-love kind of situation. I loved the main character’s bravery. That’s all I have to say about that.
It’s kind of confusing. The names of place and people really had me scratching my head trying to keep all of it together and remember what place was where, and which person/thing was bad. I had it in my mind to start a list with some definitions. I found myself reading and re-reading some of the passages over and over again. (This probably had nothing to do with the book and everything to do with my lack of comprehension skills, but I digress…)
It’s not memorable. As good as it was, I couldn’t even tell you the main character’s name. (I literally had to search to find her name in the book just now) Amani. She pretended to be a boy for about 45% of the novel, which was annoying, but it was necessary in the book so I had to get over that. I will probably forget this book next week. Not to say it wasn’t good, it just didn’t stick to my bones. It didn’t hit me or make me cry, or make me feel much of anything.
The big reveal came too slow and too fast all at the same time. The twist in the novel came in the last 5-7 chapters and everything was tied up nicely in a neat bow in the last two, which made everything happen in fast-forward for me. I was like wait….what? What just happened? We never got to find out if her family in Dustwalk lived or died. That was a bummer. I wish we had spent less time in the desert walking around and more time in action scenes where she discovers her true purpose and it took more than 10 pages to fight two entire armies and a bronze guy who shoots fire.
In closing, this book has potential to be a sequel, but I probably won’t read the second one. Not that the book wasn’t interesting, the characters didn’t move me enough to invest time in reading about them anymore. Plus, I am jones-ing for a good stand-alone fantasy novel. PLEASE SEND HALP!
Read it? Let me know what you thought in the comments!