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Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover, 409 pages
Release Date: October 18, 2011
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.There are some books that I want to make everyone read. I want to climb to the top of a skyscraper and scream out my recommendation to all the unfortunate passer-bys. Then there are some books where I get to the end of the last page and want nothing more than to hug the book for all it's worth. Somehow, The Scorpio Races made me feel a bit of both.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Puck and Sean are both such brilliant characters that it's hard for me to imagine they don't really exist somewhere. The entire story shines with so much life and energy that I was fully anticipating hearing about The Races on the news someday when I was reading. 'Killer water horses' was what initally drew me into this read but I ended up staying for so much more than that.
Puck and Sean, Sean and Puck. I don't which of the two I prefer which is an odd thing for me. On one hand, we have Puck, who is so determined and tenacious. I adored Puck. There was so much uncertainty and vulnerability in her but all of it was covered in a veil of courage and strength. And Sean! He's a lot more quiet than I'd anticipated but it's a deliberate, careful kind of quiet. I grew to love him so much throughout the course of the book.
The island of Thisby is bursting to the seams with character. The entire book was just so atmospheric... I really felt like I'd been transported to Thisby.
I don't think I've come close to conveying how deeply I loved The Scorpio Races. Let me just say this: It was brilliant, I loved it. The end.
Cover Comments: I actually really like this cover. It has that older, classic feel to it and I think it works really well for the book.
5 Golden Crowns!