My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Adventure, Feminism, Dystopia, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Sisterhood
This story will intrigue many people and there’s a reason for that. It’s a mash-up of different genres and themes: historical fiction, dystopia, western, adventure, action, sisterhood, romance, fantasy. You’d think the result would be a mess or a really complex plotline that one cannot make heads and tails of but actually the author manages to explain everything well and ease us into the world-building without dumping every information on us in the first chapter.
This is as much an adventure-driven story as a character-driven one. The characters’ determination, especially Aster’s, push the storyline going despite the many challenges the girls (and one boy) face. Their goal is to find Lady Ghost, who is the only one capable of removing their Good Luck Girls mark but there are many obstacles along the way and many people who want them dead.
Aster, Violet and Clementine are wonderful heroines with distinct personalities. I especially enjoyed watching Violet open up and grow. Tansy and Mallow are rarely apart and, frankly, while I did find distinctions between them I also think their voices and roles in the story are too similar for either of them to stand out. I would put more emphasis on them in the sequel if I was the author because they do have potential to become memorable.
I loved the feminist message. How the girls stayed together and fought together and helped each other at every turn not out of obligation but out of genuine care for one another and respect for each other. I would not like to ever live in a world such as Aster’s but if these girls are there to welcome me and accept me in their group I think I would be just fine.
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