- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101932147
- ISBN-13: 978-1101932148
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Becky Allen grew up in a tiny town outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the website director of TheBody.com, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. Becky lives in New York City.
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Not only is this book gorgeously written, crafting an interesting world I can't wait to learn more about and characters I am genuinely concerned about, but its politics are applause-worthy. Slavery and social hierarchy are hardly rare topics in YA fantasy, but usually we are presented with noble savages or a depiction of slavery that makes it seem more like a lousy job with a mean boss than the truly dehumanizing experience of actual slavery. In Bound by Blood and Sand, there are no doubts about the horrors of being property. The slave caste literally cannot speak, cannot disobey an order, are fundamentally incapable of consent (leading to rape and sexual violence as a major theme of the book). And within this caste are the usual cast of characters - the ones who suck up to power for a chance at scraps, the ones who want to appeal to power for leniency and kindness, the ones willing to step on those suffering with them for a chance at elevation - but there's also Jae. Jae understands as few characters in any novels, especially YA, do that the oppressor must be destroyed and that there is no immorality in striking back at those who do violence to us.
If you're looking for a book to teach your child the importance of always submitting and learning their place, this isn't the book for you. On the other hand, if you want your child (or yourself!) to grow into the kind of person who resists oppression and bigotry, you'll find a fine role model in Jae.
I can't recommend this book highly enough, and I can't wait for the sequels!
Part of what's so satisfying about her journey is that it's a classic hero arc, both in the superhero "with great power comes great responsibility" mold and also within high fantasy world building and storytelling. Each step of her story feels inevitable and right at the moment it happens but not a second before, because the story builds both on each of the choices made within the narrative and on the greater fantasy traditions of how magic and power work. I couldn't have told you how this book would end at the halfway point or even with two or three chapters left, but once we arrived there it all slotted together like a puzzle. It's a magical system that makes sense intuitively as each piece of it is revealed and discovered, and the specific terms within the world (the Closest, the Avowed) become natural and anchor the reader to the larger history of the universe. Highly recommend.
One of my favorite aspects of it is how the book addresses some of the most ugly parts of slavery. No spoilers here, but brace yourself... this book makes no apologies for its honesty.
I also appreciate a YA book where the main point isn't a love story. I appreciate a strong female lead who isn't driven by hormones.
Read this book. You won't regret it.
Now the countdown to the next book begins!
Would I want to play a D&D campaign in this world?
This book passes that standard, and I'm looking forward to the sequel this December.
It was a bit more. Allen delves deeper into slavery and elitism, oppression and rebellion. She very much demonstrates the idea that Winners Write History, and what that means for the Losers of the conflict. The character developed is solid, and the romance isn’t obnoxious or overshadowing of conflict. And the Jae, she isn’t perfect or all-powerful. She isn’t always good. She is a hurt, abused, slave who finds herself in possession of unheard of power – and finds herself tempted to use it for revenge. The plot is fast-paced and well-done, despite relying on a few forced spots or coincidences to move things forward. The world building is complex enough to enjoy, but not so convoluted as to lose the reader.
It must be noted this is Allen’s first published book. It lacks the polish and finesse of more experience writers. However, her second book comes out in December, and I am certain as time goes and she gains experience, we will seem fantastic stories come from her mind. I look forward to reading them.
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