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review 2017-01-10 07:18
#2 - Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

** I received a free copy through NetGalley in exhchange for a honest review**

 

A fast-paced, thrilling and exotic book.

 

The plot was interesting even if it was not that original: an ordinary girl who discovers that after all she is special, who falls for a stranger and wants to get out of her town to discover a new way of life... does it sound familiar to you? Well, it's a storyline I'm really familiar with. But it does not change the fact that it was really great and that I enjoyed it a lot.

 

The setting was original, even if in the last few years we got a lot of books about "oriental" culture (retellings of 1001 arabian nights, set in the desert...). But it's not something I'm used to and I like it a lot. The religion aspect (or legend aspect) was also really important and I'm glad, this is not something usual. 

 

I also enjoy the fact that Amani,  the main female protagonist, I such a badass ! In her world,  women does not have a say and have to do what their husband tell them to. But Amani wants to escape to have a better life. It was not a big part of the book but there were small comments about it thoughout it, and I'm glad I live where I live where women can have jobs and just be who/what they want to be. Many women in the world have the same life/status (or worse) than Amani's.

 

It was a great debut novel and I'm curious about the next book in the series (coming soon I guess!)

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