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Title: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Rebel of the Sands is a mind-blowing book that I’m sure everyone will love. This book is super unique and combines mythology and the desert. The setting of this book is incredibly well-developed and so clearly written that it is awe-inspiring. To top it all off, the main character is incredibly strong and brave.
Rebel of the Sands is such a creative and interesting book! This novel combines mythology and the desert, resulting in one unputdownable fantasy. I absolutely adored the mythical beasts in the book. They make what could have been a simple Western novel into this super incredible story that is sure to enlighten any reader.
The desert setting in Rebel of the Sands really intrigued me. I haven’t read too many books set like this, and after reading this book, I definitely want more. The descriptions of the whole world in the book are just so realistic and well done that I could picture myself in the book. Though I’m not entirely sure that I would really want to be in the story…
Amani, the main character in Rebel of the Sands is basically the definition of a strong female character. She can shoot better than any man and actually taught herself to shoot. She also deals with the fact that she is sort of rejected by her family and society pretty well. Being a girl in this setting is difficult to do, and Amani really proves to the world that she can be just as good, even better, than any man out there.
Rebel of the Sands is very original with its mythical elements. The desert setting that is so vividly describes adds to the magic of the novel. With a brave main character that can shoot a gun, this book is surly not to be missed. I would recommend this to fans of books like Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, since both books have a similar Western setting.