Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Apocalyptic
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Source: ARC via publisher (thanks Scholastic!)
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.
Rook is a very hard book to review for me. I have so many conflicting thoughts. The premise was fantastic, yet the execution was subpar.
The plot of the story and the setting are both wildly innovative and astounding. The premise is unique, and it brings about a very real problem to ask ourselves. Are we too reliant on technology? I loved seeing Cameron's take on the French Revolution again. Being a bit of a history junkie, I was in heaven!
The characters are all charming and endearing in their own ways. I loved René and his dashing manner. He and his family are quirky and funny. Sophia was hard to relate to. I felt she was dull in comparison to the other characters. I didn't understand her actions or motives half the time, and she felt so unemotional sometimes. The other characters in this book are strong and balance out the cast quite well.
My biggest concern with this book was the slow pace and wordiness which heavily affected my rating and enjoyability. I felt that Cameron took a round-about way to say everything! She could have used half the words to say the same thing and still make it sound nice. There was just an onslaught of nothingness description and inner thoughts. This book was so slow moving; there were long stretches of uneventful scenes interspersed with more engaging moments. I had to urge myself to continue reading. It took me nearly three weeks to read this book. There are little stylistic devices that Cameron employed which were fantastic. Besides that though, too much and too long.
Overall this book had an interesting premise yet failed to execute it in a timely manner.