AND THE KINDIE FOR “FAVOURITE YOUNG ADULT NOVEL” GOES TO

IT’S A TIE!

MiNRS
Written by Kevin Sylvester
Published by Simon & Schuster

SIX OF CROWS
Written by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt


Following in the long tradition of sci fi and fantasy novels reflecting societies worries, Kevin Sylvester’s MiNRS gives us a dystopian society, but breaks from the more recent tradition of doing absolutely nothing original or, really, compelling with it. Yes, there are kids involved, but Sylvester steers his book far, far from anything cheesy or dull and delivers what we at KinderLit thought was impossible after several hundred Hunger Games (and, by extension, Battle Royale) clones: A thrilling, heart-wrenching dystopian nail biter with real edge and a well-earned sense of danger.

We approached Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows with a similar weariness, based on the frankly staggering amount of hype that preceeded its release, and also on the fact that, while we liked the Grisha trilogy that came before and with which Crows shares a world, we didn’t love it. Turns out that, in the year or so between Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) and Crows, Bardugo went from good to wow, and delivered an epic tale with multiple perspectives, a winding timeline and a complex world, with a plot that reads like a mash up of modern fantasy and Ocean’s 11.

 


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