Arc Review The Continent by Keira Drake

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of war, a thing long banished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. When a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

Part allegory, part romance, and part against-the-odds survival story, Keira Drake’s sparkling debut novel engages readers with questions of social responsibility, the nature of peace and violence, and the value–and danger–of nationalism. Thought-provoking, fast-paced and surprising, The Continent will inspire readers long after the covers are closed.

Jan Review

Their no cover available yet for this book because it not out tell January 2017.  This book wow i was not expecting what i got with this book.  You have a great fantastic character in Valea Sun who totally becomes someone i did not expect.  From the first pages i like oh joy we got some ridiculous rich kid who gets everything she wants and has no idea how the world really works.

Then she gets what she always wanted a trip to see the famous continent which is the home of two warring tribes who choose not to join the peaceful world of the spire.  Valea tours the continent with her family and finds love or at least what she feels is going to be love until all hell breaks loose.  She is roughly shoved into finding out just how the world really works, she learns that not all of what she known is true.  Valea has to learn how to do all the things that she been privileged not to know anything about.  By the end of this wonderful novel you question how much peace and war can really cost.  You learn to see these savages through valea eyes and you might just take a second look at how our world works.  It one very thought provoking story.

 

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