Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands

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"Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2016
ISBN: 9780451477538
0451477537
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 22 cm

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nincika
Jul 12, 2017

The book and the series is jut amazing! I loved every piece of it!!!!

katbee Jul 07, 2017

I thought the world Alwyn Hamilton created was awesome! I like fantasy stories about genies/djinnis because they aren't very common. Amani is a very strong female character and I like her determination. There are several interesting side characters that I hope are explored more in the other books. I am excited to see what happens next.

forbesrachel Jun 02, 2017

Old west meets ancient middle east in this exhilarating and fresh new series. We first meet the fiery Amani Al'Hiza as she attempts to escape from a future she doesn't desire. Dressed as a boy, she enters a gunslinging competition, where she meets a smooth-talking, yet principled foreigner. Her plans go awry almost immediately, and continue to do so quite often afterwards, but she is able to roll with the punches, thanks to her quick wits, and clean shot. Together with her mysterious companion Jin, she makes her way across the desert, while fleeing and fighting an increasing amount of enemies, moving ever towards her destiny.

Amani's inner journey is just as riveting as her external one, for as she is exposed to more of the world, she discovers that there is more to herself than even she knew, and, that there is a cause she is willing to fight for. There is also the chemistry that she has with Jin. While their relationship is fascinating to observe right from the start, thanks to the author's brilliant hand at writing banter, it only becomes more so as they develop a better understanding and respect for one another.

In this Fantasy series, magic hovers at the edges of its pre-industrial age society in the form of stories, religion, and beings such as the Buraqi. As the story progresses though, it seeps ever more gradually into our purview, matching Amani's changing perspective of the world around her. Hamilton thoroughly lays out the groundwork for the setting, characters, and story, so, when a truth finally comes to light, it makes sense, because all the clues were there in the stories, and memories. In addition to this, her style gives her the opportunity to explore themes like women's roles in society a fair bit.

From its backstabbing politics to its tantalizing mythos, Hamilton deftly weaves the details into an fast-paced, action-driven story. Her rebellious characters hold our attention completely as they grow and interact with one another in ever more interesting ways, and her world already promises that there is much more to come. Pick up volume two right away.

MelifluousView May 30, 2017

I loved Amani's journey and her struggles with where she grew up. I love how her view of life broadened from self-centered to having a greater purpose.

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Wildflower238
Apr 16, 2017

I absolutely loved this book!
I would recommend it, can't wait for the sequel!

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BookHaven
Feb 08, 2017

I received this book to review for a blog I write for and on the cover of the advanced reading copy it said, "Join the Rebellion." You really should! This amazing piece of YA blends the folklore of the middle east with the gun slinger style of the wild west. So. Much. Fun. Such adventure! Follow one girl as she leaves her home town disguised as a boy to try to find a new future. Then try to keep up because this is one wild ride! I just finished the sequel as it's very good as well. Highly recommended.

PinesandPrejudice Jan 03, 2017

This book was amazing and I liked this world so much so I wanted to live in it. The first two thirds of this was incredible and engrossing and well-written. And then it went downhill when they introduced superpowers and made the magic the center of the story instead of the growth and journey of an outcasted girl. Again, it makes sense because of the nature of YA in general but I was personally disappointed when it took such a predictable and unnecessary turn. I will probably read the sequel but I'm not terribly excited for it.

AL_SUMMER Jan 02, 2017

Afraid of spending the rest of her life in Dustwalk, Amani risks everything to make it to the big city. Full of action, romance, thwarted plans, and chance magic, this novel kept me reading long into the night.

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julia_sedai
Dec 16, 2016

Besides having a very cool cover, this book also has an interesting plot. It takes place in a Middle Eastern setting mixed with Western (guns, horses, saloons) and features a kickass girl who can shoot her way out of anything. I like strong female leads so I really liked Amani. I felt the relationship between her and Jin was a little strange, though. It felt kind of forced. For instance, the time they spend together when they actually become really close is gone over really quickly and only takes a few pages (even though it's two months). I feel like the author could have put a little more into it. Also, I didn't like the revelation near the ending very much ... I don't want to post spoilers, but I thought it was a little bit too lame and predictable. I would have liked her to just be an ordinary girl. However, I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. I recommend this book for teens who like fantasy with a strong female lead.

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akzfineart
Dec 02, 2016

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton is a gorgeous, gorgeous book! I’m in awe of how beautiful the writing is. Not only does Hamilton create a world I’d love to live in, but she also creates a protagonist who I’d love to be friends with, who I might aspire to be like & who I wouldn’t mind being enemies with because I know that battle would be phenomenal. I strongly recommend everyone read this, it’s not a book I’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

The world building was my absolute favourite. I loved the legends and stories Hamilton would weave into her world. They were so enchanting; I really need some kind of legends/mythology book that lists them all. Hamilton combines two very different cultures and I wasn’t sure how that’d work, but it actually goes really well. Although the first couple chapters only seemed to have a Wild West feel, once I got into the novel, the combination was quite flawless. There are high-speed train heists and djinni and ghouls!

Amani has to be one of my favourite protagonists of all time. I liked her, but I also liked that she’s not completely likeable (if that makes sense haha). Reading this, I got a “The Mummy” feel from it. Jin was also a fantastic and very swoon-worthy character. The chemistry between the two was like this slow-burning romance – exactly like the desert. I loved that the romance wasn’t immediate – the two are strangers in the desert, and both have their secrets.

One of the only things that I was confused about was the geography of the world. I was a little unsure of which countries were against which and which countries had a part to play in the war. I think a map would have helped as I’m more of a visual person, but I know no map isn’t the fault of the author.

Another thing I loved was the reveals! Jin being a bit of a stranger, I was so focused on trying to figure out who he was that when Hamilton revealed some things about other characters I was totally and completely surprised. I did end up being half-right when it came to figuring out who Jin really was. One of these reveals was really interesting and opens up a thousand possibilities! I’m excited about that.

Rebel of the Sands is one of my favourite debuts of 2016 and I expect a lot of good things from Alwyn Hamilton in the future. I’m still not over the gorgeousness of this book! Be sure to check this one out as well as it’s sequel Traitor to the Throne, coming in 2017.

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Dec 02, 2016

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Lawngrl
Oct 02, 2017

This revolution was a legend in the making. The kind of tale that sprawled out long before me and far beyond my reach. The sort of epic that was told over and over to explain how the world was never the same after this handful of people lived and fought and won or died trying. And after it happened, the story seemed somehow inevitable. Like the world was waiting to be changed, needing to be saved, and the players in the tale were all plucked out of their lives and moved into places exactly where they needed to be, like pieces on a board, just to make this story come true. But it was wilder and more terrifying and intoxicating, and more uncertain, than I’d ever thought. And I could be part of it. If I wanted to. It was getting way too late to rip myself out of this story now, or to rip it out of me.

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