The Raging Ones by K. B. Ritchie
Published: August 14, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Series: The Raging Ones #1
Rating:★★★★★ (5 Stars)
* I received a free copy of this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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.
I have NEVER read a book quite like this before!
Krista and Becca Ritchie are my favorite Adult romance authors, so I couldn’t wait to pick up their interpretation of a YA Sci-Fi. True to form, The Raging Ones has amazing character development, switching between the points of view of the three main characters: Franny, Mykal and, Court. I truly felt connected to the characters, and I enjoyed learning about their backstories (even if it takes a little bit to get the full picture). It is always so refreshing in a book to have male/female friendships that aren’t romantic! The romance present is also one of the things that made me fall in love with this book, but I won’t say any more on that topic because of potential spoilers.
I loved the world, and felt fully immersed in it with the rich descriptions of the environment. Even though the environment was well described, I will say I was a little hazy on what the characters looked like but that’s not a huge issue. There is still so much of this universe to explore, which is something I’m really looking forward to in future installments.
Pacing wise, the first third of the book is really dedicated to building the relationship between the main characters—which is SO important. However, because of this most of the action takes place in the last two thirds. When the pace of the book picks up, YOU DON’T WANT TO PUT IT DOWN. I can’t believe that I have to wait at least a year and a half before getting the sequel after that cliffhanger!
Overall a wholly original Young Adult science fiction novel that you should definitely put on your TBR!