Author: Mary Weber.
Genre: YA, dystopian, fantasy
no.of pages: 352.
Published date: Published March 19th 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson.
Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.
In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.
With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.
“For the girl who’s been told to quiet down, calm down, sit down, or just leave it to the men—this is for you. And to those who told you such things? Watch. Us. Rise.”
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own so thank you so much for them.
This book was Mulan meets The hunger games vibes which was soo interesting to me but I didn’t read The hunger games I have only watched the movie so honestly i discoveried that I didn’t enjoy The hunger games vibes in reading but anyway I love the first half of the book it was soo engaging and enjoyable I fly through it even it was a slow beginning because the maze test (labyrinth) part didn’t come until 60% of the book which I didn’t enjoy as much as the first half I think it was soo lacking and missing some details to make it clear to imagine what is happening !
I really like the main character (Rhen) she is the main reason I have continued reading the book she is the girl that loves her little poor family and she would sacrificing herself for them and she love study science and do experiments to make a cure for her mother’s disease so she is a fighter, active person which want the best for her family and herself
pluse I like Rhen’s father and mother special her mother I like how she supported and encourage her to do what she really want because she have that strong faith in her daughter
And I like Lute’s character even he doesn’t have a big focus in the book but he is cute and a gentleman.
The writing style and the atmosphere of the book:
The writing style was a classic English and the book was have the atmosphere of a historical fiction book which I love it soo much and the area on the book was set on the sea which was so lovely 🌊 😍
The plot twist and the ending:
There wasn’t that great plot twists that makes you gasp here in the book which was so disappointing to me everything was so predictable to me and the end wasn’t that perfect because I need to know more about what is going to happen next so maybe this book will have a sequel I’m not sure !
so at the end I like the book in some points it wasn’t that bad but it could have better than that so I recommend it to anyone how want a historical fiction, lovable characters , fantasy adventure book this one is for you 😉
Have you read to best the boys and what do you think about it? AndWhat’s the last book you get approved for on Netgalley?