- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 720 (What's this?)
- Series: Rebel of the Sands (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451477537
- ISBN-13: 978-0451477538
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 288 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rebel of the Sands Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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PRAISE FOR Rebel of the Sands:
“Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun.”--Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“This atmospheric fantasy combines magic, mythology, and the Wild West to create a riveting tale...an exciting, romantic adventure that is unique and all its own.”--Starred Review, Booklist
“If the best of the Old West and the coolest parts of Arabian Nights had a baby who then rebelled by going steampunk, the result would be this gem of a book.” --Starred Review, BCCB
“Readers will be drawn into the story and won’t want to put this book down.” --Starred Review, School Library Connections
“Rebel of the Sands is a winning bit of storytelling, as well as a homage to storytelling itself. It evokes such disparate influences — 1,001 Arabian Nights, Hindu lore and Navajo myth, as well as, inevitably, the triumvirate of Tolkien, Lucas and Rowling — that at times you wonder whether Hamilton can pull it all off. She can. She has circled a spot on the map and claimed it for her own.” --The New York Times Book Review
“Debut author Hamilton combines elements of Western and Middle Eastern civilization and lore with her own mythology, crafting an enticing, full-bodied story . . . successfully mingles romance with thrilling stakes, and hints at a welcome sequel.” --Publishers Weekly
“A perfect combination of American Westerns and Arabian myths . . . Fans of Sarah Maas and Victoria Aveyard should give this one a try.” --VOYA
“Rebel of the Sands is vivid, romantic, and wildly entertaining. You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.” --Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy
“Buckle up for a wild ride! Rebel of the Sands is a stunning debut full of irresistible energy, heart-stopping action, and a new voice that sings.” --Alison Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona
About the Author
Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study history of art at King’s College, and then to London, where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves quite so often. Follow her @AlwynFJH.
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Rating: 4 Stars
So the story follows Amani, a girl who grew up in the gunpowder city in the desert of Dustwalk. She'd taught herself to shoot with the best of guys in secret feeling herself with a pistol in her hands. The world is rules by mortals but Gene used to roam free with their magical off spring, djinni, and other magical creatures roaming around the desert. There are millions of stories about them and the past and Amani knows them all. Stuck under her Uncles care after her mother was hung she is bound and determined to escape and make it to her mothers home, the place she talked about so often. She meets Jin, a handsome foreigner who is also pretty good with a gun in a contest she is trying to win to secure funds for her travel. Things change and she is forced to adjust her plans. Jin seems like a better means of escape, fleeing from the Sultan's army with a treasonous fugitive who will help her figure out her place and who she really is.
I liked the idea of this story from the start giving me an Aladdin vibe. While I'm not a huge fan of deserts in person as I don't like the heat, sun, or sand I like reading about them. Following Amani and Jin on this journey was full of exciting moments. The scenery was well described with the different towns and the methods of travel. I really found myself captivated as it felt like the desert. Despite the magic it felt realistic, the fact that they were in the desert and the strain that puts on a person was never forgotten and that is always a plus.
Still like many books for me I fell in love with the characters. Amani was kick butt. She wasn't happy with her situation and what was to happen to her so she changed things. She took charge and wasn't going to let anyone made decisions about her life for her just because she is a SHE. Even as she starts to develop feelings for Jin she doesn't let that cloud her judgment completely but simply a factor to be considered along with all the other options. I respected her for that. Jin, I had my ups and downs with him at times but far more ups to be sure. I liked his attitude form the beginning and most important is he doesn't underestimate her simply for being a female. He never considers her weak but instead expects more of her knowing her grit. I also adored some of the others as we got to meet them as the story progressed.
The story morphs from one of escape to one of rebellion and I love it. I enjoyed how the story had lots of twists and turns and always kept the pace moving. It walked a line of real and magical well as there would be times when you don't realize the world has magic until you are faced with a magical sand horse or a djinni who can use their powers. It's like a world within a world and I love it. The political aspect of the Sultan and the Rebel Prince, the foreigner soldiers that practically rule nation taking what they are allowed and more.
The story starts at a shooting competition, where we meet Amani, our heroine. There she meets this dashing foreigner, Jinn, who she sees as an escape from Dustwalk. From there, one adventure after another happens, and it’s always interesting to see how she gets herself and others out of them.
I thoroughly enjoyed Amani’s character. She is a tough, but compassionate person, who tries to live by the rule of the desert: look out for yourself first. But that doesn’t always happen. It was interesting to see her character develop as she learns more about this power she learns she has, and becomes more involved in the rebellion led by the Rebel Prince.
I loved her and Jinn together. It was great to see their passion explode for each other in the background of this story.
I started suffering from a book rut towards the end of this book, so the last half of this book I just wasn’t into. However, I do think it ended well. I will definitely need to read this again.
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