Sunday, January 22, 2023

The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix - OPTIONAL

The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix
, 480 pages. Simon & Schuster, 2022. $11 .

Language: PG (11 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (drinking); Violence: PG-13 (Bloody deaths, not detailed) 



In an imaginary kingdom full of mixed ethnicities, Ranka is desperate to find Yeva. So desperate that she agrees to the betrothal of the Prince so she can search for her. Soon, Ranka’s companions include Prince Galen, Princess Aramis and the noble young ambassador Percy. After the virus winalin is discovered throughout the kingdom, the four companions want to stop it. Winalin is turning witches into diseased monsters that are intent on killing. While trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, their lives are completely overturned. Ranka, Prince Galen, Princess Aramis and Percy each realize that none of them might survive. 

I like that the story creates empathy and approaches the topic of abusive manipulation. Ranka’s character development is interesting. I like that there’s little swearing. The four main characters are lgbt and default to white. 

LynnDell Watson, Delta High School Librarian

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