Book Review: The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie
ARC provided by Netgalley.
Krista and Becca Ritchie have done it again. I knew that I would love this before I even knew what it was about. You don't fall in love thirteen (now fourteen) books by an author without realizing that you really, really vibe with their writing style.
What I've loved about KB's Addicted and Like Us Series' so much is the way that they write unlikable, abrasive characters. I can't lie, this is one of my favorite tropes. If you can make me like someone I should hate, then I'm pretty sold on your writing. In this area, KB knocks it out of the ball park. In their Addicted Series, Connor Cobalt is arrogant and often rude, Rose Calloway is an ice queen, Ryke Meadows is rough around the edges, and Loren Hale is spiteful and cruel. Yet, I love those characters so very much. I feel for them and I CARE about them. (I wont tell you HOW I came to love them though. You'll just have to read Krista and Becca's other books. hehe.) KB made me so deeply invested in these unlikeable and sometimes hate-able characters and they do that again here with The Raging Ones. I found this especially true in Court. I went into the book wondering what his deal was that made him so closed off, but because I know KB's writing I anticipated that I was in store for something great. *hint* I so was.
Franny, Court, and Mykal all come from vastly different backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they've all escaped their death day. In this world, Saltare 3, you're told the day that you will die and your life is organized into a category accordingly. Those with longer lives are afforded more affluence and opportunities because they have longer to live and longer to learn. Those with shorter life spans are given the awful, short end of the stick. They get the jobs that no one really wants. Needless to say, our three main characters get shafted in their lots in life. I wont spoil their backstories, but all three are interesting and help to build out and illuminate this scifi world that KB has created.
Each main character has their quirks and one of the main things that interested me was the psychology that KB built around death days. We see the panic around death mostly from Franny's point of view. Death in this book is treated so inversely of how we view it. In a world where everyone knows when they are going to die-- where people find this foreknowledge comforting because they have time to prepare and come into the world knowing and accepting their lot in life-- escaping your death day becomes even more dangerous than actually dying. We don't know why Franny, Mykal, and Court have escaped their death days, or even how they managed to do it. We don't know the particulars of why or how they're bonded together either. Obviously, I wont spoil anything BUT the way that KB reveals a lot of these answers left me on the edge of my seat! Especially when it came to everyones back stories. KB really knows how to pack a punch in the feels department!
For the most part I loved and devoured this book. I think pacing was a tad slow at the beginning because of all the world building, but to be honest this is something I expect anytime I read fantasy or scifi. By the 40% mark it really started ramping up and I most definitely binge read the last 25% of the book-- the end chapters were definitely the most fast paced.
I've only ever read contemporary new adult books from Krista and Becca because that all that they've written. I wanted to see how they were going to delve into a whole new genre and even a whole knew audience (since this series is YA) and I wasn't disappointed. On the contrary! Now I'm waiting for the sequel to The Raging Ones on top of already dying for Tangled Like Us, the latest book in their Like Us Series. All in all, Krista and Becca never disappoint! In the last year since I started reading their books they've easily solidified themselves on my list of top 5 favorite authors. I can't wait to see what else they have in store for this series. I have a feeling that-- like all their books-- each installment just gets better and better.
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