So far, 2015 has been a great year for new novels (topping the list right now are Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear, The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik -- which still stands as my favorite at this point), and this one is right up there with them. It's the story of Jes, a mixed-race, mixed-caste teen girl who wants nothing more than to run the Fives, an athletic competition at which she excels. Instead, she gets caught up in a web of politics, intrigue, and death, and she has to make some hard decisions about who to serve and who to save. The characters were fantastic, and the plot kept me turning the pages. The end was so perfectly inevitable that it took my breath away. This is (of course) the first in a trilogy, and I can't wait for the next one.
I'll keep the post free from spoilers, but if anyone else has read this book and wants to talk about it with me, please feel free! I'll warn if we end up with spoilers in the comments.
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