Paperback, 435 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Scholastic
Available on hardcover, paperback, kindle, ebook and audio
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
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 choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
You know those books that are on your radar for a long long time, and then you buy them and spend a lot of time looking at them abandoned on the TBR pile and when you finally pick them up you ask yourself why on earth did it took me so long to pick it up?
This is one of those books and the answer is because you weren’t ready to handle it and now you are.
The Scorpio Races is beautiful. It’s awesome. It’s magical. It’s a must read SO STOP EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING AND READ IT. Better yet, get it and let it whisper and call to you, and when you finally hear its song on your blood you’ll know is time to read it.
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
This book is about impossible choices. Why? Because you can’t decide who you want to win the race that’s why!! It’s told in first POV, by both Puck and Sean. And both are excellent and complex characters that you will love to pieces so when both need to win the race you end screaming at the book WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME??? Because no matter what the outcome you know you will be shattered and cannot choose. How will the author make this bearable?
“Tell me what it’s like. The race.”
So we have water horses hungry for meat that can eat your face off and somehow they decide it’s a good idea catch said horses and run them on the beach?! Crazy. Sadistic. Stupid. But the slow building to that point and everything that leads there is so artfully written that it made me put everything on hold while I was reading. No stopping. Not until the end.
“He is slow, and the sea sings to us both, but he returns to me.”
The book is magic. It appears like a subtle thing, and you can feel it in your bones, you can taste the salt and feel the water, and the danger and the pull. It also awoke a very ugly side of me because for a certain character I was wishing for crippling and pain and despair and rejection… death on the race eaten by savage horses, the most probable case scenario could not be enough.
“The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr”
And November cakes. Don’t forget November cakes. My book edition has the recipe. And it also has some extra scenes. Which I totally ignored, because I was flabbergasted by the end. Well.. I tried to read them. But I couldn’t focus. It made me feel like I was killing the moment. I ended up reading the last page 5 times because it was so beautiful and heart shattering and compelling and just perfect.