About The Book:
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Sharon Cameron
Pub. date: April 28th 2015
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
I read Rook a few days ago, and absolutely loved it! PEOPLE, this book is stellar! Just in case you need a little more convincing, though, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why YOU should read Rook.
Reason #1: EPIC CONCEPT. It’s very similar to the French revolution since it is, you know, set in France and about a revolution. The only difference is that it is set in the future after all machines have been banned. The lower classes have rebelled and all of the people who might be considered “upper class” have been thrown into jail, regardless of how innocent they may be. The Red Rook is a kind of Robin Hood, breaking the innocent out of jail. Isn’t that such a cool concept? Sharon Cameron executed it perfectly.
Reason #2: Strong beginning. I rarely include this in my reviews, but Rook had an incredibly strong start. The book opens with the Red Rook breaking into the Paris prison and releasing prisoners. The identity of the Red Rook is disclosed right from the beginning (but I didn’t want to mention it in my review, just in case). Right off the bat, there’s action, fantastic writing and conflict. It’s a pretty great start to a fabulous novel!
Reason #3: Fierce heroine: I absolutely adore Sophia! She is pretty much the definition of a great heroine: she’s brave, she’s funny, she’s independent, and she is very smart. It was very easy to relate to her as well. 🙂
Reason #4: Oh, the plot twists! You can’t trust anyone in Rook. Even René, Sophia’s fiancé, isn’t completely trustworthy. Within the space of a few pages, I could completely switch between trusting a character, to thinking they were a traitor.
Reason #5: Romance! The romance was completely adorable. I was worried that there was going to be a love triangle but thankfully, there wasn’t! Despite not entirely trusting René, I thought that his relationship with Sophia was so swoon-worthy. René was funny, thoughtful, and strong-willed. The question is: can Sophia trust him?
Reason #6: Fantastic writing. Sharon Cameron has a distinctive writing style. It’s quite detailed and helps draw the reader into the story. The detail does make the book end up longer than it could have been (Rook is almost 500 pages) but I don’t think that the story would have been nearly as effective if someone else had written it.
Reason #7: Action! I mentioned this earlier but right from the start, there’s action, and it certainly continues throughout the book. There’s never a dull moment!
From the brilliant concept, to the fierce heroine, to the epic action scenes, I would highly recommend Rook, for sure! It’s a dark, unpredictable, and exhilarating read, perfect for YA readers.