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Reckoning (The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy) (edició 2014)

de Kerry Wilkinson (Autor)

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Sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn of the feudal English village, Martindale, takes the coming-of-age test that determines her place in society and learns that she is to become an Offering for King Victor, placing her in a warped world of suspicion from which she knows she must escape.
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Títol:Reckoning (The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy)
Autors:Kerry Wilkinson (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Griffin (2014), 368 pages
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I was fully prepared not to enjoy this book. The publisher was kind enough to provide multiple copies for my book group at the school where I work (11-14yrs) so I settled down to read it alongside them. Within a few chapters I was dismissing it as a hybrid of The Hunger Games and Divergent but as I read on it became much more than that. Like Philip Pullman the author has created a world that is very familiar and at the same time very alien. It was kind of medieval high tech and it worked. Silver is a great character and I look forward to learning more about her in the next book. The plot had the right mix of action and suspense and although there was violence/sex it was inferred rather than graphically described which for me is perfect in a YA novel.
Almost to the end this was a five star read and then he went and spoiled it. It's a first person narration. That means we see through the narrators eyes, feel what they feel and experience the story with them. If a plot twist is used it has to be a twist for the narrator as well. Having travelled Silver's journey with her suddenly as readers we are kept in the dark, lied to, misled. It made me mistrust everything that had gone before. I don't mind unreliable narrators but this was just with-holding information in order to create a plot twist. It jarred, spoiled the ending for me and disrupted the sense of being immersed in the story that I had felt up to then. I will read the next book but I really hope the author doesn't do this again.
I had taken two stars off but my book group nagged me to put one back on as they loved it and as the book is aimed at their age group, they win. ( )
  angelaoatham | Feb 21, 2017 |
I signed up to read the third book in the series - review to come very soon - so you'll see the review for book 2 very soon, too!

So let me start my review off by saying this book - and the series in general - has a very similar feel (at first glance) to the Hunger Games, and even in small part, Harry Potter. The Reckoning, for the first few chapters, will definitely feel similar to the Hunger Games - the reckoning to me is very similar in feel to the lottery in the Hunger Games. After that though, the Silver Blackthorn series has a feel all its own. It's similar to Harry Potter in that you are routing for a small group of characters to survive against evil that is just not understandable (which is usually the case when someone is crazy, after all).
The world and characters are well written, Silver's a great heroine type figure without being over the top, and I enjoyed the book except I did feel the ending was a little rushed, but it was well written the way it was done so the ending still works.
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book received by author as part of a book tour ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
I picked this book up when randomly scanning the shelves of my local library, and honestly, I had no idea what I was actually getting into. I didn't think that this book would be absolutely amazing, but it was. I was super mad that it had a cliff hanger at the end and can't wait until I read the next book.

I'd definitely suggest this book to anyone. It's well written and keeps your attention the whole entire time. ( )
  nikisaurus | Nov 7, 2015 |
If Divergent and The Hunger Games have a kid, that would be Reckoning.

Reckoning is your typical dystopian book. It was set in an entirely new country that we unaware of with unusual government (or more specific, King). The storyline is quite similar to other dystopian books. A new kingdom after a long war, a king, people have to take a test when they reach a certain age to determine their social levels, chosen Offerings for the king, corrupted-power government, and rebellious. Sound familiar? Yep.

Silver Blackthorn, our protagonist, is a very brave, smart, and a technologist genius, or let just say, she was born good at those thing. When she reached 16, like every other teenagers in her village and entire country, she must participate in a test called Reckoning. The purpose of this is to distinguish the citizen into four different sections, each has its own job and privilege. Not only she land in a very good level after her test, Silver was also chosen as one of the Offerings, a group of 30 people who come to the palace to serve the King. But with one condition, they can never see their family again. What if the luxury life as an Offering was not like what she thought?

I don’t dislike this book at all. I love Silver (and her name). I love the plot, the twist, and every character in this book. However, I wish the book would be more original. Personally, I don’t like books that have the same plot with others, since the twist will be very easy to predict. This book doesn’t give you those gripping feelings of second-guess and heart-pumping, and that is a strike for Reckoning.

And the writing, oh the writing! I was half laughing, half struggling through the first half of the book. There are barely any direct conversation, just a lot of reciting quotes and responds from others through Silver’s thoughts, which make the book sounds like a very boring diary. The sentence’s structures are funny, with a lot of unnecessary linking words. I mean, it’s a part of speech and you need to use it, but overusing them makes the sentence sound awfully and awkwardly long. Kerry Wilkinson tried to put quite a lot of information at the beginning of the book in order to help readers understand what they are reading. Well, that helps, but the information is so lecture-like that Silver’s thoughts and emotions were compressed by it, which makes Silver sound like a very impassive person.

But don’t worry, other half of the book is great. The plan, the twists, are awesome. But like I said, it’s quite unoriginal and predictable. I enjoy reading Reckoning, but definitely didn’t love it, since I’m quite picky when it comes to repeated plot. But overall, it’s a good book that need more improvements. I recommend it. ( )
  mariananhi | Jul 22, 2015 |
I was engrossed in RECKONING from the first chapter. As in most Dystopian books the world of Silver Blackthorn is broken into 4 different classes of society. Then on top of that there is an Offering. A select few are chosen from each class to be an offering for King Victor. No one knows what being an offering entails and no one ever sees an offering again after they are whisked away but it is treated as a privilege and celebrated.

Silver is a easy to understand girl who just turned sixteen and takes the Reckoning to find out where in the world she will fit in. We get to witness her feelings about leaving all that she has known and loved and then watch it all come to a head as she is picked to be an offering. From the time she steps off the train nothing is as she thought it would be and nothing will ever be the same.

The RECKONING is full of danger, mistrust, survival and unlikely friendships. The whole story flowed and flexed in just the right places. The world was well written and developed and the characters made it all the more exciting. I kinda wish I would have waited to read RECKONING because all I want to do after finishing is read more.

* This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  STACYatUFI | Jul 11, 2014 |
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Sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn of the feudal English village, Martindale, takes the coming-of-age test that determines her place in society and learns that she is to become an Offering for King Victor, placing her in a warped world of suspicion from which she knows she must escape.

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