In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.
Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
Earlier this year I read and loved Amour Amour by this writing team. I enjoyed the story, characters, setting and romance in that book so much that I jumped at the chance to read an early copy of their newest book, The Raging Ones. I thought this book would be great because it fell into the category of young adult instead of a new adult book. I also was excited for a futuristic space adventure…
When I started reading this book I was a little disappointed right from the start. The main character, Franny, is approaching her “death day”. This is the day that any person in this world will die, and they know this date from when they are born. I didn’t like this concept when Silvera did it in They Both Die in the End, I was not thrilled to see it again. I feel that when you tell me someone is going to die I start to care less, shouldn’t these things still be a surprise!? If you know what is going to happen then it feels like you are cheated out of the moment later on.
When Franny avoids her death day she meets two teen boys, Court and Mykal, who have also avoided their death days. I know we are suppose to swoon all over Court but I found him rather odd and confusing. His thoughts never seemed fully formed and they would just jump from one feeling or thought to the next with no explanation. He also was suppose to be mysterious but I found him to more often than not annoy me with how little his character would tell us.
Out of the three main characters the only one I liked was Mykal. He was sweet and actually wanted to live a peaceful life and stay away from trouble. He was the only nice one of the bunch and he was the one I liked the best.
Overall, I did not finish this book. The story needed a lot of editing and felt like I was reading a very early draft of the book. There was also no space adventuring and I felt like the hopes and dreams of the characters seem highly unrealistic to actually happen. The characters were just jumping from one thing to the next with no thought process inbetween, we would be in one place and all of a sudden Court would think of something, he didn’t tell us anything about, and off we would go to the next place. The writing was not what I expected, there was no flow and the characters were lacking depth. I hope this underwent some editing after this ARC copy and that the story has more flow and depth.