April Buzz Book:
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
What the Teen Press Corps Is Saying
“In the fantasy genre, a book is either absolutely terrible or phenomenal. Rebel of the Sand, by Alwyn Hamilton falls into the latter. I was instantly gripped by the main character, Amala, a clever girl with a good shot and a plan to escape a town where she doesn’t belong. When the opportunity to get out comes in the shape of a mysterious foreigner, Amala is thrown into a crazy story of weapons and power, as she fights to stay alive. When I finished reading this masterpiece, all i wanted to do was get the next book. My heart is breaking waiting to be thrown back into the story that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a splendid mix of action and heart, Rebel of the Sand deserves to be the next big thing in literature. . . .”
About The Book
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she d gallop away on mythical horse or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.
“Rebel of the Sands” reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.
You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.”
—Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy