Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Publication Date: March 8, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]
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.
Right from the start, I found myself enjoying the thrill in this action-packed and suspenseful book. The only thing that kept me from getting the most out of the experience is confusion with the names of people, places, and things. It’s not that easy for me to grasp the words and remember them.
I loved the unexpected sightings and introduced mysteries. The unanswered questions made me want to read more, and the chemistry between Amani and Jin made me smile.
This book presented such a strong heroine – Amani is totally badass. Some parts of this book reminded me of Riders by Veronica Rossi. Some parts made me think of The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross. The romance between Amani and Jin gave me the feels from Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre.
Lies, deceit, and revelations caught me off-guard. The events preceding these held my breath. I feared for Amani and Jin. More secrets intensified the twists in this book, leading to a satisfying ending.
Rebel of the Sands is a promising novel – leaving readers waiting in anticipation for its sequel.
Initial Rating: 4.625/5
Final Rating: 4.5/5