Title: Rebel of the Sands
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Rating: 5 Stars
Summary: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
Ship: Amani & Jin
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Jin
Needed BROTP: Amani & Shazad
I have had the slightest witholdings to write this review and I am unsure why. The plot was great, the world-building superb and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. But yet when i sit to write this review it feels as if nothing needs to be said or wants to come out.
This story centers around Amani who wants to get out of her podunk little boondocks of a town and go to Izman where she believes she has an Aunt there that she can live with. She is very talented with a gun and the story opens up in a shooting pit where Amani has dressed as a boy to enter and win the prize money to help pay her passage. There things don’t go to according to plan because when do plans ever go correctly in a YA Novel or in life for that matter.
Amani meets a Foreigner who is also an entrant and they end up helping one another survive once the hell has broken loose. But this is not the last she sees of this Foreigner who we later learn is named Jin ( im pronouncing it like the alcohol until someone tells me differently or maybe until the end of time bc it amuses me. Im terrible at pronouncing names. My friend and I have actually had a debate on how to pronunced Divergent’s Tobias, that’s how terrible i am with pronunciations.
As the two gun shooters go through their journey we slowly begin to find out more about Amani and the Rebel Prince. We also start to learn all about their beliefs and culture and holy cow this book has some killer world-buidling. I WANT ALL THE MYTHS OKAY!!!, I am an absolute sucker for mythology and i would love to just dive into Alwyn’s head to learn everything about this world.
A very interesting tidbit is that Jin is a world traveler and he has some unique views on this world’s ‘religions’ and how everyone is a strong believer in what they belive is right. Each country is different but they are strong in their beliefs. It is not unlike our own world and our multitude of religions. We can not say one is right and one is wrong in an ultimatum kind of way because everyone has their own pure, strong belief at what they believe in.
THe characters are unique, fun and absolutely easy to engage with. THe plot twists, i did not see coming, hadn’t really given much thought to what they were and how they could’ve been a possibility but here we are now.
I am eagerly awaiting Traiter to the Throne and Rebel 3.
I would recommend this to fans of Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn as well as Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen ( both are faves of mine).