Published by Scholastic Inc. on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, SciFi
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Who needs a wedding ring when you can pick up a sword? A remarkable and utterly inventive novel from Sharon Cameron, author of THE DARK UNWINDING, which USA TODAY called "spellbindingly imaginative." History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal? Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse. Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.
I remembered being interested in this book when it started popping up all over my Twitter news feed. So, you can probably imagine my surprise when I saw it sitting in the middle shelf at the library. I guess the first thing I should say about this book was that it was very very thick. 400plus pages, oh my God. But never fear, because I managed to finish it within a day, YAY. But anyway, I loved this book. I’ve always had a thing for dystopian genres because they tend to live in a world where they have no idea what is the modern stuffs, like Coca Cola (Yes, I got this example from the Divergent series HAHA). But this book was so much better than all those, because the characters in this book live in a world where they have no idea what are modern technologies. AT ALL. I was really shocked HAHA. And there’s the upper and lower city, but I don’t wanna spoil that part for you guys. Just know that THIS BOOK IS SO UNIQUE.
However, this is probably the only book in which I hated the male lead at first sight. Rene was charming, maybe too charming, and seemed a little bit too idiotic, that even I got annoyed. I guess in the end, I understood the reason behind it all, but I figured that it was a bit too much. I almost DNF this book because MY GOD, HE WAS ANNOYING.
I’m glad that I didn’t though. I continued reading the book because of Sophia! That girl was amazing, and fantabulous, and every perfect adjective that I could think of. She never let her guard down at the mere sight of her charming fiance, and I applaud her for that. She’s hot-tempered but she knows to rein it in at dangerous times. She’s also quick in thinking on her feet and she’s smart. Like really smart. She knows what she’s doing. Throughout the whole book, I think I idolized her a little bit more every single time she she does something snarky or heroic.
This whole book was written in pretty intricate and very specific details. I think it had a bit of the French revolution in it? (i’m sorry, I totally don’t know anything about it. So please correct me if I’m wrong.) This book was written in a third person’s perspective, but most of them would be Sophie’s. Though, what I loved about this book is that you never know when you’ll get Rene’s perspectives or even the main bad guy’s perspective. Also, there was times, especially during those climatic parts, where the perspectives would be alternating with every paragraph. And I find it quite cool because it builds up the tension, slowly by slowly.
And the romance. EEEEEEEEEK. Okay, I admit, around 30% into the book, I was half way in love with Rene. After his facade disappeared, he was more or less one of the most coolest guy I’ve read about. He could be as snarky as Sophia and the witty banter that they both shared could make me laugh out loud at the weirdest times. He could be serious one moment, and charming the next. Quite entertaining, and I’ve always loved seeing the way two people who don’t really like each other, fall in love slowly.
This book doesn’t really have any flaws, and I honestly did not minded that the book was long, because I wanted to kept reading it. I felt so much emotions while reading this book. Anger, sadness, happiness. And if it weren’t so thick, I don’t think it would be as amazing as it is right now.