Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

The first in a three-part fantasy series, Rebel of the Sands is a story about a teen girl who is “more gunpowder than girl.” Headstrong and stubborn Amani is bound and determined to get out of her backwards little town of Dustwalk in Last County and be something more than a “worthless girl.” Fighting against prejudice, sexism, murderous royalty, mythical beasts, powerful djinn, and an unforgiving desert, she will do whatever it takes to make a better life for herself. Even if that means disguising herself as a boy and making her way across the desert on the back of a Buroqi (a creature of fire and sand) with only her guns, her smart mouth, and a strange boy named Jin to help her.

Rebel of the Sands has fantasy, adventure, romance, humor, and suspense all wrapped up and complete with descriptive imagery and captivating storytelling. As a YA fantasy novel it is well suited towards its intended audience, with an exciting and adventurous story line and appropriate themes and language. Readers will become invested emotionally with Amani’s story and her fight against the wrong doings in her world. The final lesson one can take from this book is to never let others determine your worth, only you can decide that.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC HAMILTON)

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