(Rebel of the Sands #1)
by Alwyn Hamilton
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Publication Date: March 8th 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
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She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is. (Goodreads)
Rebel of the Sands is one of those books that you think you will want to read, so you add it to your already too long to-be-read list, and think that you may get to it one day, eventually. Then you start seeing reviews and tweets for how awesome the book is, and you just know that you MUST READ IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Don't be the person who wants to wait to read this book. Be the person that MUST read it as soon as possibly can!! I'm so glad I did.
There were seriously so many great characters in this book. There are some that you are going to absolutely love, including the main character, Amani, who is a badass sharpshooter who can nail any target with a pistol, and take care of herself when she needs to. And there's Jin, who single handedly changes Amani's world forever almost as soon as they meet, as well as his crew of friends who are awesome. I could go on and on about all the characters I love in this book, but I'd rather you read it and meet them yourself.
And with the good, comes the bad. There are more than a few characters that you're going to really dislike as the story goes along, and unfortunately, a lot of them are related to poor Amani. What a tough life this girl has had, I found myself relating to her in so many ways throughout the story. I felt so bad for all that she had been through, but I loved watching her grow SO much as a character as the story went along.
I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started reading Rebel of the Sands. The reviews that I read were pretty vague, and that's what I'm going to do with this review. I don't want to spoil anything for you, so I'm going to keep it simple. What I got from this novel was a completely addictive and entertaining story that had me flying through the pages. Not only were the characters awesome, but the storyline was completely captivating, and I was hooked from the very first page.
Overall; I enjoyed Rebel of the Sands so very much. Not only was the book entertaining and captivating, it was also a really quick read. I do hope that you will check it out yourself and that you enjoy it just as much as I did. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, and I hope we don't have to wait too long to get it!