Series: The Winner's Trilogy,
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux on March 1st 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.
But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?
Why I’m Waiting
I have a love/dislike relationship with Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy. I like the idea of the story. I like Kestrel, Arin, and the other characters. I even love to hate the villains. What I don’t particularly love is how Kestrel and Arin refuse total to one another, yet get upset when their actions are misunderstood. It’s infuriating! However, something about this story keep me coming back, and I’ll definitely be back for the third and final novel, The Winner’s Kiss.
You’re probably wondering why after the introduction I just gave, but never fear, I’ll tell you. I’m interested in the idea that this high-born girl will be brought low, and according to the synopsis finally understand why Arin feels the way he does about their society. With the two on equal footing, maybe their understanding will grow to true communication, and these two crazy kids will finally realize just how made for each other they are. One can hope!