by Sharon Cameron
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
* I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and this holds no sway on my opinion.*
This book is a juggernaut if I ever saw one. what started out to be a bit slow and overly worded turned into a well thought out creation involving loyalties and learning to trust your heart.
Rook had such an interesting setting. It takes place in the far future where a collapse of technology has essentially put the world back into the dark ages. Since the great death all technology has been banned since the rulers claim it makes people less self sufficient. The wealthy are now being executed for having the means to build any type of machinery. See where this is headed? It was really quite an interesting take on a dystopian. I found myself riveted as the characters marveled over things made of plastic such as a nintendo controller. There is also a crazy dictator who seeks power but claims he is an instrument of the goddess fate. We know how well men acting on the advice of goddess' has worked out. LeBlancs methods are also rather unorthodox as he takes what i assume are hilton hotel shampoo/conditioner bottles, drops them into a pot with boiling blood/water and which ever one burst first decides the fate of the prisoner. Can you say CRAZY TRAIN? The catacombs of Paris are where the prisoners are held and if you know anything about this enormous system of graves and tombs running under the city of Paris, you'll have a really good idea of how awful life must be for someone being held in those rooms.
The characters were another bright spot in this tale. Sophia Bellamy isn't your typical lady and her brother Tom isn't the weak man he seems to be. The relationships slowly come to light. Once you get a glimpse of just how much these siblings care about each other, you can't help but have a deep respect for both of them. They are both on a constant mission to save the other one. When Sophia must marry to clear her father's debt (awful I know) in steps the pompous René Hasard. i knew from the start he there was more to him than meets the eye, but boy did I get more than I bargained for. Sophia and René's witty banter and sly game of cat and mouse quickly became my focal point of the story. There was quite a few other breakneck plot twists that I didn't see coming.
Once this book picked up it was literally full steam ahead until the very end. This book would be perfect if you enjoy historical fiction or just a unique dystopian, or a kick ass hero! I am so glad i got to read this amazingness and would like to thank Scholastic and Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with a copy.
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
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