Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Genre: Young adult fiction, fantasy
Series: Rebel of the Sands
Yay or Nay: YAY, YAY, YAY, YAY!
Movie adaptation: The idea hasn't popped into someone's head yet...
Rating: 5 stars out of 5. OH, LOOK! IT'S A FIVE STAR READ! AS RARE AS A BLUE ROSE. HOW BEAUTIFUL.
Synopsis: Amani Al'Hiza is an orphan who hasn't known anything but the dry, golden sands of the desert in all the years of her life. Pushed under the rough care of her uncle and aunt, she desires nothing more than to escape her mundane, sandy dwelling. She knows a gun like the back of her hand and tries her hardest to make a life for herself, poverty set aside. In a world where being born a female is shameful, Amani has to find a way to escape, no matter who or what she is. With the aid of a rakish foreigner, she discovers more about herself than she thought possible.
And experiences a desert she never knew existed.
Review: ATTENTION, ALL! REBEL OF THE SANDS HAS BLOWN ME TO JUPITER. AND FOR A MIGHTY GOOD REASON.
This is one of those precious gems that have everything, and I mean everything, that you want to read in a perfect YA book.
No, Susan, I am not exaggerating. Here is evidence that I have collected from the book to prove my not-so-subtle statement:
However, the one teeny, tiny drawback I wish it didn't have, is the lack of diversity. Oh, how I wish a little more diversity was included.
But Rebel of the Sands made me go through all the feels. ALL THE FEELS. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
Fortunately... Traitor to the Throne (ROTS book #2) looks much thicker...
LET US EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE DESERT AGAIN.