|Rebel of the Sands (#1)|
by Alwyn Hamilton
pub 3/8/16 by Penguin
What I just described? That's probably describes just the first few chapters. The book literally starts off with a bang.
I liked that even though the story hits the ground running, I was able to grasp Amani’s personality quickly. She’s strong yet vulnerable and even though she doesn’t know where she’s going, anything has to be better than her life in Dustwalk. She imagined making this journey alone so the last thing she expected was Jin. Again, I enjoyed their dynamic from the start. There’s a lot of back and forth as they try to escape the people after them and learn to trust one another. Of course, once the trust settles in, so do the romantic undertones (which I absolutely wanted!).
Some reservationsMy main reservation had to do with how the mythology and world-building unfolded. There were lots of references to djinni and mythical creatures but their connection the plot at hand felt vague at times. And when it was explained, it was difficult to picture in my head. My other reservations was a disconnect to the characters. Don't get me wrong, I really liked them but something was missing to make me fully invested in their journey.
Do I recommend?I do. Even though some parts were predictable, one twist did surprise me and overall it’s a decent introduction to the series.