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Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
No of Pages: Hardcover, 314 pages

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Synopsis and Review:

Rebel of the Sands follows rebellious Amani as her plan to leave her home behind suddenly kicks to action when she meets a mysterious foreigner Jin at a shooting game. And as she begins to learn more about the foreigner, she finds herself tangled up in a mess that is way bigger than her original plan to escape.

The plot of Rebel of the Sands is definitely the best element throughout the novel. Sometimes when the protagonist has planned everything ahead, there are still many surprises along the road. However, the protagonist Amani doesn’t even have a solid plan to begin with but instead just goes with the flow. As a result, one can only imagine how unpredictable the plot is.

Regarding the political aspect of the novel, it unfortunately doesn’t shine through. The politics aren’t actually that complicated as it is basically just three parties battling out, with the occasional allying and treachery sprinkled through. And when these things happen in the book, the author did not seize the opportunity to flesh them out fully, which is a waste. However, I can see that things are just taking shape and thus maybe Alwyn Hamilton doesn’t have enough space to explore so many things.

Overall, this is truly a wonderful start to a trilogy. While Alwyn Hamilton definitely needs to take the political aspect up a notch, the setting and the historical background are well built enough for more story development. I am excited to see what Alwyn Hamilton has up her sleeves. With the foundation well laid, I am sure that readers have a lot to look forward to in the next installment.

Disclaimer: ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for honest review. All opinions are my own.


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