Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands

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"Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2016
ISBN: 9780451477538
9780147517975
Branch Call Number: Fiction Hamilton TEEN
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 22 cm

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STPL_JessKovs Sep 16, 2019

“They say she’ll always be more gun powder than girl. The desert has other plans.”

I was expecting a lot of spaghetti western and a little splash of Arabian mythology and I’m so glad I was wrong. It was such a wonderful mixture of cultures and mythology, with a touch of badass spaghetti western.

This was not a character driven book for me (although the secondary characters were fabulous as well). The most vivid part of the book for me was the mythology and atmosphere created. It’s not every day I come out of a YA novel being more jazzed about the mythology than I am about the character driven relationships. I find dijinn mythology fascinating and Hamilton did a fantastic job mixing it into the culture as both fact and fiction to the characters. To Amani, it had always just been old stories of immortals long gone, despite the occasional run in with ghouls and buraqi. To Jin, it was his life and family history. It should have been obvious to me, in that case, that Amani was the one who had dijinn blood in her veins.

Between the unravelling of everything Amani thought she knew, the rebellion, and the epic sibling showdown to end the novel, I was enthralled through all 300 and some odd pages.

I would definitely recommend this debut novel. It does follow a classic fantasy novel arch-type but I found it comforting rather than boring.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

I have been on a fantasy kick lately, and I am very excited about this series. More often than not I will read the first book in a fantasy series, and then move on. Not the case with this series. I was downloading the second book before I even finished this one in anticipation of continuing the story.

Sometimes it takes awhile for a story to really rope in the reader. This book had me hooked from beginning to end. Although I am not quite behind the rebellion itself 100% yet, I am 100% behind the heroine of the story, Amani. This book had just the right amount of action and romance to keep me invested, and it has really set the stage for the books that follow. I can only imagine that the story will getter better as it continues to build.

The performer they picked for this book was very well chosen. Her melodic voice is an absolute pleasure to listen to, and I was very happy to discover that she is a woman of Indian/Ghanaian descent. I looked up a photo of her online, and she is very much what I would have pictured the main character to look like, sans the unnaturally blue eyes.

On a completely different note, I LOVE the original cover art and I was a bit dismayed when I saw that the cover art had been revamped for more recent editions. I was shocked when I realized that the new cover art for the first book is a bit of a spoiler! One of the most critical reveals in the story is actually evident on the new cover. This surprises me, as I would think that such things would be vetted by the publisher BEFORE release. I’m just glad that I got to the reveal before I started browsing for the second book and saw the new cover art.

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jadetonjes
Jul 13, 2019

This book confused me so much. Every time I thought I understood what was going on, there was more description added or more backstory added that just confused what was actually going on in the plot. On the other hand, some things that would've made the plot easier to understand were not explained enough! This book could've been so much better if the right things were explained instead of writing more about things that would eventually confuse the reader more than they probably already were.

There were some things that I did like about the book (but being confused the whole time somewhat ruined them for me), I liked the magical aspect. I thought that the underlying magic running through the desert was interesting and to be honest, I wasn't really expecting what ended up happening with it but I did enjoy that part. Another thing I enjoyed was the desert setting. Not a lot of the books I read are set or told in an environment like that, so it was a nice change to see a story told in such a unique setting. Finally I liked the banter between Amani & Jin. You could tell they had chemistry from the first night they met each other and it was clear they were going to be a thing for the whole rest of the book. I did enjoy their little fights because it added depth to just a romantic relationship, but I also enjoyed the tiny bit of heat there was between them at moments. One thing I didn't like was how Jin lied to Amani for almost the entirety of the book about how he was subtly guiding her to the rebellion camp and how it wasn't really talked about after that except for how Amani was upset about it but she didn't ever confront Jin. I hope that is something that is some how resolved in the next book.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 16, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The setting was unique. The heroine was strong.

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Linyarai
Aug 16, 2018

I was wrong about who would be the Demdji, so that was a nice surprise. Fairly predictable plot overall, but the desert and magic twists are great and I look forward to the next book.

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Maria_Wa
Aug 02, 2018

I loved this book! The images created were so vivid, this book made me feel as if I was actually experiencing Amani's world right through her bright, blue eyes. Even though this book is part of a series, it works well as a standalone book. I loved the way the author mixed myth with reality into a nicely written adventure story.

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B_Strong
Jul 13, 2018

I really liked this book! I have always said that I’m not much of a fantasy person but apparently my genre of fantasy is a western set in a magical eastern setting.

The heroin was ruthless and gunslinging which I liked. The hero was witty and feisty and tattooed.

Their romance (although predictable...it’s YA after all) wasn’t mushy and sappy which I appreciated.

There were trains and magic and trekking across the desert and middle eastern clothes and magic and gunslinging and cross dressing.

I think I’ll read the next 2 books. :)

Library_Jill Jan 09, 2018

Arabian Nights meets classic Western in this intriguing fantasy debut about an orphaned girl who knows how to handle a gun and longs to escape her judgmental, claustrophobic hometown. Fans of "Walk on Earth a Stranger" will enjoy some similar plot elements, and the similar mashup of western and fantasy elements.

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maya2901
Dec 03, 2017

A fresh and new story set in the desert with magic and adventure. Follow Amani for the adventure like never before!

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nincika
Jul 12, 2017

The book and the series is jut amazing! I loved every piece of it!!!!

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Lawngrl
Oct 02, 2017

This revolution was a legend in the making. The kind of tale that sprawled out long before me and far beyond my reach. The sort of epic that was told over and over to explain how the world was never the same after this handful of people lived and fought and won or died trying. And after it happened, the story seemed somehow inevitable. Like the world was waiting to be changed, needing to be saved, and the players in the tale were all plucked out of their lives and moved into places exactly where they needed to be, like pieces on a board, just to make this story come true. But it was wilder and more terrifying and intoxicating, and more uncertain, than I’d ever thought. And I could be part of it. If I wanted to. It was getting way too late to rip myself out of this story now, or to rip it out of me.

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