About the Book Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Release Date: January 16, 2018 | Pages: 432 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery | Format: eBook | Source: Gift This post uses affiliate links and I may receive a small commission for purchases made through my links […]
If you are looking for an action-packed story full of political intrigue, colonization, oppression, war, disillusionment, and religious fervor… this is the first-in-duology book for you! These Rebel Waves is not quite what I expected (pirates sailing the open seas 🏴☠️), but fortunately for me I love books like this! I think that if you have expectations about this being your typical pirate adventure you will be disappointed, so it is important to go in knowing what to expect with this one since the blurb doesn’t really help in that respect and the rumors circulating about this being about gay pirates are setting people up for disappointment.
Friends, this book murdered me; I am a ghost typing up this review. This book has to be one of my biggest surprises of 2018 so far – it touched me deeply from the first sentences and kept me hooked until the end (and beyond, I am already stalking the 2019 sequel King of Fools).
This is an incredibly powerful novel about resilience in the face of adversity and loss. It is about community. It is about taking a stand against the system of oppression, even if it seems hopeless. This is an incredibly difficult read, but it is such an important read. The Bay Area, and Oakland especially, has a long history of activism and holding the police accountable yet there is a long documented history of police brutality there. This novel shines a light on what it is like to be a person of color in Oakland. Compton. Chicago. And countless other cities around the United States. Continue reading