Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Summary Via GoodReads
My Rating: ★★★★
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Some riders live.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
This book was a hard book for me to get into. At times I found it really interesting and at other times I just had no desire to turn on the overdrive app. I'm not sure if this was a me thing, or about where I was in the book. Ultimately it was a challenging book for me but I ended up liking it a lot in the end.
The concept is hard to get your head around, but if you think about the Kelpie myth then it makes it easier to accept The Water Horses that appear on this little Island every year. I haven't read any books that deals with this myth so I thought it was an interesting and complicated topic to tackle, and I think Stiefvater does a good job with it.
I listened to the audiobook for this one, and I ended up really enjoying the narrators. I was really glad that they chose to do a male and female narrator to voice the perspectives of Puck and Sean. I think for me it really helped me to get into their heads and really understand what they were about. It really helped to understand why they both were willing to risk their lives to compete in these races.
Even though the title of this book is called "The Scorpio Races" the book isn't really about the races themselves. They are only really in the very end of the book. It's more about preparing for the races and what forces people to do desperate things when they are in bad situations. It's really about the human condition, and how everyone on this island has everything to lose.
There is a little bit of a love story between Puck and Sean. I thought it was pretty obvious that these two would wind up together, but it was written as a slow burn love story that I really enjoyed. There was not a lot of setup to get these two together and Sean is a man of few words, but I loved how it was subtly written, and not kisses every two pages.
Stiefvater has been a hit or miss author for me. I loved The Raven Boys, but hated Shiver, so I took a chance on this one and ended up really enjoying it. I think I also liked that it was a standalone story that I could enjoy and not have to read any more books. She definitely has a way with words and I do enjoy her writing style. If you are looking for a standalone book or you enjoy Stiefvater's work and haven't read this yet, I would recommend it.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?Happy Reads Everyone!