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- Print Length: 279 pages
- Publisher: Lanier Press (July 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0741HFRPF
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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As it turns out, The History Makers was a fantastic debut. Perfectly blending tougher the beliefs of the Aztec Empire with a modern day teenager's coming of age, The History Makers is quite simply unputadownable.
From the first page, I liked Myla. She was quiet and somewhat reserved; however, it was easy to tell how much she loved her best friend and little brother. That detail in particular made her easy to relate to from the start. Over the course of the book, Myla does a lot of growing up, and learns how to think and fend for herself. I enjoyed seeing this transition occurred, and better yet, I loved that it wasn't "perfect." Myla didn't just wake up on day and become this fierce fighter; instead, it was gradual transition with lots of ups and downs - moments of strength and weakness. In addition to Myla, I also enjoyed the rest of the characters that were introduced. All of them were not only well developed but incredibly lovable; however, I will say I had a soft spot for Tezca in particular. He reminded me of a Azetec, rebel leader like Dimitri from Vampire Academy, and while he didn't replace Dimitri in my heart (no one every can BTW), he was still pretty darn swoon-worthy.
One of the aspect that drew me to The History Makers was setting so I was delighted by Val's fantastic world building. I enjoyed how Val Bodurtha took the beliefs and history of the Aztec Empire and gave it a modern twist. Not only was she able to make it her "own" but she also did so in a way that was well developed and fleshed out. There was rarely a time where I was left confused.
The plot of The History Makers was filled with ample action as well as twists and turns. Better yet, it also focused on friendship and romance. It was always exciting to see what the rebels had planed, especially when the stakes for high risk. I also enjoyed seeing Val find a home within the rebel camp. Not only did it allow for character development, but it also caused for a lot of smiles and even a tiny bit of drama. The romance was light in this; however, I liked the slow burn feel to it. It made it more believable, in my opinion.
There were two tiny things, however, that I didn't quite like about this one. For one, I felt that the dialogue was awkward and slightly stilted at times. Sometimes it took a while to get to the "meat" of the conversation since there was a lot of pleasantries thrown around...a lot of "hi, how are you." Additionally, the transiting was slightly rough at times too - sometimes including a little too much telling rather than showing. As the book progressed, though, this aspect got better and better.
Regardless, The History Makers is a strong debut, perfect for fans of Veronica Roth! Val Bodurtha has definitely landed on my authors to watch list. I can't wait to see how her talent grows!
by Val Bodurtha (Author)
Imagine what the world would be like if the ancient Azteca civilization was still alive and contemporary today. Imagine a world of stone pyramids, all-powerful priests, and a caste-system interspersed with iphones, fancy cars and DJ’s at parties. Imagine a handful of people who know the truth—the sun WILL rise tomorrow with or without a blood sacrifice. Now, imagine you’re a teenaged girl with high ranking. What would YOU do when you discover the truth?
This is the world Maya inhabits until she’s accidentally kidnapped by members of the rebellion, those who want to stop the sacrificial theocracy that rules her portion of the world.
WOW! What a unique plot! Truly, mesmerizing. I found myself, more than once, thinking THIS SHOULD BE A MOVIE!
Bodurtha’s characters are fully functioning human beings with flaws AND moments of grandeur. Maya is a spoiled, over-indulgent, 17-year-old Kim Kardashian wanna-be in the beginning and I just wanted to slap the snot out of her. However, she grows and develops into a mature, purposeful, endearing person of compassion and determination. By the end of the book I loved her!
Tezca, the young leader of the rebels has so much on his plate. He’s not much older than Maya and yet, he’s running a rebel camp, planning and carrying-out complicated raids and trying to change the world. At first, the two of them don’t seem to be a fit of any kind. But, Tezca sees something in Maya even he’s surprised to find.
Tona is funny and wild and fearless. He’s Tezca’s best friend and Maya’s shoulder-to-lean on. In my head, I pictured him looking and acting a lot like Taylor Lautner’s character Jacob Black in Twilight—without all the wolf-y teeth and hair.
Then there’s Amihan. She is Maya’s age; she’s Tezca’s best friend (co-founder of the rebellion); she’s NOT Aztecan, but Asian and she hates Maya. She hates her enough to kill….
These characters are but a small part of a very big story. The plot is so unique and so different from anything else I’ve ever read. It’s filled with unexpected twists and turns and surprises. It’s incredibly large in its scope—to change a whole civilization—and yet personal enough to cause changes in just one girl. I truly enjoyed the authors skill in weaving the ancient Mesoamerican Azteca into the contemporary world. Although… I think the book lacked a small amount of background material. How would America and current president of America and the members of the United Nations react to the daily slaughter of sometimes hundreds of human beings in service to Sun Gods who may or may not exist? I wish we could have explored that avenue just a little.
HOWEVER, I must remind myself that I’m a 52-year-old grandmother and this book was written for Young Adults and teens. They probably don’t really care about the political background of the world in this book or in their own world. LOL
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a quick read (mainly because you can’t stop yourself from reading) and it’s an imaginative, creative world to be a part of, if only for a little while.
I gave this story an enthusiastic 5 stars~
At its core, this book is a scream for equality, or at least the opportunity for success. In this story, the Aztec way of life is a caste system of the elite and the 'unders'. However, it adds a cruel layer to this model - namely that the religion fueling this divide is a complete farce, and the Unders pay the ultimate price. They, one a day - once a day, are murdered to appease the deity that allows the Sun to rise.
So, from this particular vantage point, the story provides an catalyst for kids to begin to understand the corruption of power.
Now, I'm not a young, young adult and read plenty. From my perspective, there isn't anything new to devour. You have the have/nots, teen rebellion, and need for reformation. It flows fine, but there isn't much to grab hold. I didn't care about the characters and assumed, rightly so, how the story would end.
3 of 5 Stars - ARC provided.
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