Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Book Shelf: The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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.

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The Raging Ones by authors Krista and Becca Ritchie is an absolutely sensational YA science fiction novel that blends perfectly together elements of dystopia and sci-fi with tangible romance, exhilarating moments of love and friendship and heart stopping excitement.

In a futuristic and icy world, every individual knows the day they will die. Living with the knowledge of your deathday is both a privilege and a curse for those who call this world home. Until three teens defy the odds and outlive their deathday. Franny Bluecastle is a tough city kid, wanting to spend her final day in the city’s most opulent hotel….until her deathday comes and she’s still alive. Court Icecastle is no stranger to opulence, but he’s also no stranger to pain and death. Having spent five years in the infamous Vorkter Prison, Court has experienced his fair share of suffering and agony. Mykal Kickfall is a fighter and above all he’ll fight for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander is used to surviving in the harshest of environments but it’s the connection he shares with Court that is his biggest challenge yet. Then he and Court connect with Franny, drawing her into their link of shared senses and emotions. Knowing the danger they face if it’s discovered they’ve beaten their deathdays, the three teens come up with a plan; they’re going to enrol in a state of the art program where five chosen cadets will be sent into space on a top secret mission. Fighting to beat their fellow cadets in tests and training, Court, Mykal and Franny will have to be the best they can be if they hope to succeed.

I have no hesitation is saying that The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie is nothing short of spectacular. From the perfect pacing of the storyline, to the complex, layered characters we have the pleasure of following to the beautiful and vivid connection they have together—everything was just perfect. The world was fully realised and depicted and just came to jarring life with the turn of every page.

The concepts explored by Krista and Becca Ritchie in The Raging Ones were something I really found myself getting behind. Introducing readers to three different classes of people; categorised as Babes; those who would live only to early childhood as babies and children, Fast-Trackers; those who lived as teens and at the latest twenty-nine and Influentials; individuals who would live until a hundred and who were educated and prioritised as they would live longer and therefore be in a position to give more to society and the world. Personally I thought this was a fabulous idea and the way the authors executed it was superb—it really made for intriguing reading.

The Raging Ones unfolds through the varying POV’s of Franny, Court and Mykal who were just a joy to follow. I’m honestly in love with these three characters so much. They have heart, soul, personality…..and gosh to they have a wonderful connection together. The link shared between them remains a bit of a mystery throughout the novel—no one knows its origin or exactly how it works, but it brings such a closeness to the characters and you truly feel how deeply they care about one another—it’s really perfectly written.

And in saying that I would also like to commend Krista and Becca Ritchie on the beautiful way in which they wrote the relationship and connection between Court, Mykal and Franny without needing to resort to the dreaded, and overly used, love triangle. There is absolutely no love triangle in this novel, although there is still passionate and building romance within the story. Readers who are romantics at heart won’t be disappointed with the romance in The Raging Ones and I already have hopes for more romance from other characters in the future too!

Featuring some fantastic dynamics shared between the protagonists and the minor characters included within the story that are just brilliant; Zimmer, Kinden, Gem, Paget…they all bring such life to the story and make for a lot of entertaining interactions with Franny, Court and Mykal. I honestly adored the dynamics between everyone and see nothing but potential in the future.

Brilliant from beginning to end, The Raging Ones was a joy to read and without a double one of my favourite novels of 2018 by far. The ending was unexpected and mind boggling and authors Krista and Becca Ritchie have left me beyond eager to discover what it all means and what they have in store next. Simply incredible!

Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Format: Kindle copy via Netgalley
Release Date: August 14th 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: ADORED this novel and I can't wait for me!


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