My latest Day’s YA pick is a thrilling YA sci-fi novel, full of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat!
THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Available August 14, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Franny, Court, and Mykal live in a world where everyone knows the day that they are going to die. This fateful date is printed on their identification cards alongside their birthdates. Based on these dates, people in their world are divided into three categories: Influentials, those who will live past thirty and have the most time to make a difference; Fast-Trackers, those who will die between the ages of thirteen and twenty-nine and live wild, reckless lives; and Babes, those whose years are the fewest and will only live to be twelve, at the oldest. No one ever dies before their deathday or lives beyond it—until our three main characters somehow find themselves alive after their assigned deathdays.
Because of their unusual situation, Franny, Court, and Mykal have a strange and frustrating link between them. In a way, they share senses and emotions; what one feels, the others also feel. If Franny takes a bite of an apple, Court and Mykal taste the sweet fruit in their mouths. Similarly, if Court breaks his leg, Mykal and Franny will feel the shooting pains in their legs, as if they sustained the injury themselves. In order to continue to survive, the trio must flee their planet, but the mission they hope to join is highly competitive and reserved for only those who are guaranteed to live for many more years (i.e. Influentials only). As they attempt to hide their bond while also pretending to be affluent Influentials, Franny, Court, and Mykal risk losing everything, including something no one else has ever had to risk before—their lives.
Honestly, I’m not usually a sci-fi gal. Fantasy? Love it. Contemporary fiction? Totally. Memoirs? Can’t get enough. Science fiction has always been a genre that I’ve struggled to appreciate. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Franny, Court, and Mykal are each so incredibly unique and independent, but they are also entirely dependent on each other. And since the chapters alternate between the three POVs, I was truly getting inside the mind of each of them. Once the characters hooked me, the storyline took over. THE RAGING ONES is fast-paced, unpredictable, and contains several well-placed twists. Bottom line: even if sci-fi isn’t normally your thing, give this one a chance. It will surprise you.
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