Sunday, September 18, 2016

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I had never heard of this book and it was on the main display at B&N with its new release sequel.  I was intrigued and looked it up on goodreads to see GREAT reviews, so I grabbed it and the sequel.  It's SO good! Not for the weak at heart though...one review says "It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones."  That really does sum it up.  I recommend it for high school on up.  Too violent for middle school in my opinion.  It is a young adult novel, but I'm a little uncomfortable with the brutality and the way rape is just something that happens to the lower class to recommend it to middle schoolers.  
 I saw where the production rights for a movie have been picked up.  I am starting the sequel tonight! :)

Best Young Adult Book of 2015
Best Debuts of 2015 Amazon
Best Books of 2015 Suspense Magazine
Best Books for Teens 2015 New York Public Library

Summary from amazon.com:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

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