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Given to the Sea (Given Duet) by [McGinnis, Mindy]

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—The people of the kingdom of Stille enjoy exceptionally long, peaceful lives thanks to the sacrifice of the Given, a young woman who is raised only to have a daughter and then give herself to the sea as an offering. This practice has kept the danger of the sea at bay for many generations. There are challenges to this tradition, however, when the people of Pietra and Fineen start to scheme against the tranquil kingdom of Stille. Life is further complicated when the Given is unexpectedly driven from her home to escape these invading enemies and becomes a guest at the Stille palace. She is confused about her growing feelings for the Stille prince and his adopted brother as well as her role in ensuring the safety of the Stille kingdom. Her emotions, and the entire Given tradition, may be moot with an encroaching sea and a changing environment. The novel is told from four different points of view, and it is initially challenging to connect with any of the many characters. The book is confusing on occasion, as some of the character voices are in the first person and the other perspectives are in the third person. Eventually, the flawed heroes, relatable villains, and creative storytelling will pull in readers. The threads weave together, culminating in an eagerly anticipated conclusion. However, the plot points are addressed quickly, with battles over before they begin and complex love triangles packed up in a few pages. VERDICT A solid recommendation for romance readers and a good purchase for larger collections.—Paige Rowse, Needham High School, MA

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*Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel for A Madness So Discreet

*Mindy McGinnis has been nominated for an Anthony Award

PRAISE FOR Given to the Sea:

"Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters [. . .] Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet." Romantic Times

"[T]his book isn't just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire."—Kirkus Reviews

"Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny [. . .] There’s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty—plus a strong feminist element too." Booklist

"Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters’ connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[T]he flawed heroes, relatable villains, and creative storytelling will pull in readers. The threads weave together, culminating in an eagerly anticipated conclusion." School Library Journal

Product details

  • File Size: 2500 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (April 11, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2017
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IOHQ9J6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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