Published by Balzer + Bray on August 7, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
The world in These Rebel Waves was large and complicated. We’re immediately introduced to multiple factions, and dense politics, and I never felt like I understood 100% what was going on. I don’t think every reader would have this problem though, because I don’t follow, or fully understand real life, modern day politics, and therefore I had a self-inflicted disadvantage from the start.
The narration swaps between dutiful and gentle, Ben, cocky and clever, Vex, and brave and fierce Lu. Vex was my favorite out of the three, because he was funny, and full of life, and had an uncrackable, tragic past. I didn’t care for Ben’s chapters throughout most the book, because his story just wasn’t as interesting as his co-narrators.
I loved how the magic worked in These Rebel Waves. Magic came from certain plants that could only be found in, and around, a certain lake. Some plants did simple things like curb appetites, and put you to sleep, and then others did extreme things like, causing fires, and making you float. Thank you Sara Raasch, for coming up with a whole new, one-of-a-kind magical system!
These Rebel Waves wasn’t an easy read. The world confused me, and one of the characters spent the majority of the book studying (and therefore boring me). But it did have an awesome magical system, and Vex, and some great plot twists, so I’m committed to reading book two.
Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has cha
nged since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.