Title: The Raging Ones
Author: Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Page Count: 400
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
From New York Times bestselling authors Krista and Becca Ritchie, comes The Raging Ones,an edge of your seat sci-fi romance with twists and turns that you will never see coming!
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.
Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space—against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
The Raging Ones by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie is the first book in the young adult science fiction fantasy series by the same name. The story is told by alternating the point of view between the three main characters in the book.
The Raging Ones is set within a world covered in snow and ice in which everyone knows the day they will die. Known as deathdays people are meant to prepare for the occasion and stay away from others when their time comes. Other’s go as far as to bet on the time of day or way it will happen when the day gets there.
Franny is a teenager who already knows that her time has come and she’s as prepared as she can be for someone like herself. But just when she thinks it’s over for herself her day passes and she awakens to two strangers who like herself have escaped their day. Now Franny, Court and Mykal are tethered together navigating the world having defied the odds.
Ok, first off I just love books that make you think and who wouldn’t have an internal debate with themselves simply over the idea around which this world was created, deathdays? Would knowing just how long you have be a good or bad thing and what do people do with that knowledge? Those are some of the questions that plagued me even before picking this one up.
While I did find the world and the story line in this one quite compelling I also had questions come up in my internal debate here and there I felt didn’t get attention just yet. Also, I don’t know why but occasionally on Franny’s point of view she would but me a bit so taking both of these things into consideration I’ve decided to go with 3.5 stars on this opener of the series and will cross my fingers it only gets better from here.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins–one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek–but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.
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