Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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5 Critic Reviews

I guess I just need to end with: ‘Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this masterful Arabian Nights setting, leaving readers spellbound.’
-Guardian

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling novel by the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Author of 2016, published in 15 countries!

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasy reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.
 

About Alwyn Hamilton

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Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and lived between Canada, France, and Italy until the was three, when her family settled in the small French town of Beaune. She studied History of Art at King’s College, Cambridge, graduated in 2009, and lives in London, where she works for Christie’s as Senior Administrator in the Interiors department.
Author Residence: London, United Kingdom Author Image 1
 
Published March 8, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 321 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 08 2015

Amani’s adventures through this immersive alternative landscape continually veer off into unpredictable detours, looping back to an almost overstuffed climax that manages to deliciously satisfy while dangling tempting hints for a sequel. Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 04 2016

Still mourning the hanging of her mother for killing her father, 16-year-old Amani Al’Hiza seeks to escape the quiet, oppressive town of Dustwalk...Hamilton successfully mingles romance with thrilling stakes, and hints at a welcome sequel.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by XoXo, Bookworm_98 on Mar 15 2016

I guess I just need to end with: ‘Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this masterful Arabian Nights setting, leaving readers spellbound.’

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Linda Buckley-Archer on Feb 20 2016

There is a freshness in the way Hamilton weaves together familiar fantasy tropes in Rebel of the Sands that strongly appeals and, since the ending leaves our heroes poised on the brink of new adventures, readers can hope that this isn’t the last we will see of the blue-eyed bandit.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Martinez on Apr 02 2016

This is the best of American Western and Arabian myths, and is a must read for fans of YA fantasy fiction.

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