Monday, February 20, 2012
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
I have mixed feelings about this book. When I first read the description, it sounded interesting. Then when I started the book, it was really boring at first. But thirty pages in, it picked up a lot. It is a science fiction or fantasy book, I think. It is set in our world, but there are these wild creatures called water horses, who are dangerous. Every November, water horses are captured and raced. Some riders will win, and others will lose- or die. The book focuses on two people: Sean Kendrick, a returning champion, and Puck Conolly, the first girl ever to participate in the races. Puck entering the race isn't all that convincing, though. She doesn't really have to enter the races, but she does, and why would anyone do that? It's not because she wants to win either. It's kind of peculiar. If Sean has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. And Puck is in no way prepared for what is about to happen. One thing I enjoyed about the book was the quick and witty dialogue that all the characters have. This was a pretty suspenseful book, and the idea of the water horses is interesting. I think it's kind of cruel that they have to capture them and keep them from the sea, which is where the water horses are from. But it was a fairly good science fiction/fantasy book, and if you're a fan of those genres, you'll definitely like it. 404 pages, 4.5 stars.