In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista Richie & Becca Ritchie
Genre: YA, science fiction
Published on: August 14, 2018
this was… so much more than i expected?
This book is probably one of the most exciting, fast-paced books that I have ever read. Even if I didn’t fully like reading from the different perspectives of all the characters, the world and plot is so engaging that I fully couldn’t put the book down.
This book is story begins with Franny who, like everyone else in her world, has completely prepared herself for the day that she’s going to die. However after waiting for death to arrive, it never comes. She is found on the street by Court and Mykal who save her and reveal to her the nature of the situation and show how they are now all linked through their senses (think sense8). Since they can’t continue living in their society after managing to live past their death date, they enrol in a competition for a space mission in order to survive.
The plot of this book was honestly the #1 aspect for me. It seems like it would be a little too much but the authors manage to weave everything together to the point where you can’t see the story going any other way. It grips you right from the start and makes you somehow even more invested as you go along. The very beginning is a bit clunky as you get used to the style but it is very worth sticking around. Really my only concern was the multiple POV which made me sometimes forget whose perspective I was reading from.
I didn’t fully connect with the characters and I would say that they aren’t the most likeable, but the strength of their friendship overrides all of that. They’re connected through their senses and all the scenes where they are able to feel what the others are feeling (both emotionally and physically) made it all feel so beautiful. You really understand the extent of their feelings towards one another and it brings you right into their connection. Their dynamic is unlike anything that I’ve ever read before. And this isn’t even including the romance, which isn’t a glaring part of this book but was subtle and delicate and I loved it.
The world itself was so incredibly unique. There were so many layers to it, and I was so interested in the way the society was set up with different classes based on the age you live to. The death culture was very believable even down to the moments with Franny’s anxiety towards not knowing when she’s going to die. However I do wish that the authors spent more time elaborating on how everything worked. The general system is explained decently well but there’s nothing to hint at for example how people know their deathdays, or exactly who enforces all the strict rules that go along with them, which I am hoping is explained in the later books.
Just an amazing story with unbelievably stressful ending, and I simply cannot wait for the next book in this series.
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.