Friday, February 1, 2013

Book review: The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

I loved this book.

I loved this book in a way that made me drop it into conversations whenever I could, in a way that made me randomly call my little sister one night and tell her to put it on hold Now.

I loved this book in a way that made me wish I had it in physical form instead of audiobook so I could read it faster and read it constantly.

Puck is spunky and wonderful and ends up in the races because it's all she can think to do. She throws the idea into conversation like throwing a gauntlet, thinking it will halt a future she doesn't want to come true. And then the circumstances snowball, and there's no way out. Puck will have to ride in the incredibly deadly Scorpio races.

There's an undercurrent of womens' rights in this book which (as a child of the 90s, when the Spice Girls made yelling "girl power" popular, and as a child of hippy-ish parents who never faced any different limitations or expectations for being a girl) I loved. It's there, but it's not overwhelming. It's not an issue book. Just a book with a female main character who challenges the limitations others would place on her. Which is awesome.

Sean is good, too. He's quiet and careful, not the typical main male lead in so many novels. He has his own motivations for wanting to win the races, and they're a big deal, too. And you grow to love both characters and you get scared because there's no way both can win.

And I loved Finn, Puck's little brother. And George. And really everyone. There are so many dynamic, quirky characters in this book to fall in love with.

There is adventure and risk and romance and sadness and a bit of violence though it's not too graphic. I was scared for the characters a lot of times. Which means it was really great writing.

love love love.

It was only at the end of the audiobook that I realized the author had also written another book I'd tried to read -- and I say tried because I got so annoyed with the writing of a character in one chapter that I promptly quit reading even though I was over halfway through the book. I was so angry with that book I called my mom and ranted about how this character had suddenly changed and it made no sense and it made me angry and I could write it better.

I loved The Scorpio Races so much I'd be willing to give that book another go.

Have any of you read The Scorpio Races? I'd love to hear what you thought!


Shoshanah said...

I technically won this book through a goodreads giveaway, except never actually received the book. Which is too bad, because it was one I really wanted to read. But since I have heard such good things about it, I do think I'll eventually need to go out and buy it on my own.

Summer said...

Ooo! I've never hear of this book but it sounds thrilling! Great review :)


Carole said...

Hi there, the February edition of Books You Loved is open for entries. Here is the link Books You Loved February Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book/s you loved. Maybe this post? Have a great week.

Sarah E. said...

I need to read it...and the Raven Boys too. I loved her Wolves of Mercy Falls series.


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