Hope and Red

Hope and Red

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Hope, the lone survivor when her village is massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist. Together they will take down an empire.
Publisher: New York : Orbit/Hachette Book Group, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780356507125
Branch Call Number: SKOVRON J
Characteristics: 532 pages : map ; 19 cm


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Apr 29, 2017

Skovron Jon's Hope and Red introduces two new titular characters whose stories merge together in the grit of an undiscovered new world. Hope is the stereotypical survivor of the annihilation of a village, set on revenge who just happened to be raised by a warrior monk. Red, on the other hand fits a different archetype: a noble by birth who was raised on the streets and leads his own ragtag group of thieves. Naturally, the paths of the two intersect and a friendship blooms with romance lurking on the horizon. The main conflict of the book also happens to be between the two main characters and a tyrant government who utilizes a military group of alchemists to do their dirty work. Throw in some sexism and discrimination against transgender people on the part of the government and we have the much overused plot of 'girl vs government': a coming of age story which features a young girl on the cusp of adulthood who finds herself sparking and leading a revolution because the status quo is no longer acceptable. Despite all this, Hope and Red managed to keep me engaged for most of the book by taking these well know modern archetypes and stereotypes and doing something wholly comic and refreshing. A good read for the average reader.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 03, 2017

Really good character-driven fantasy, and that ending! Bring on book two! Really liked the contrast between the characters Hope and Red although I would have liked their story lines to have met up sooner than they did.


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