Okay, this is coming in later than I intended. LIKE SO MANY OTHER THINGS IN MY LIFE. However, I’m just as excited as I was on the 18th of December, when the review went live.
You can read the review in full here.
I particularly loved this quote:
The richly textured world, painted in snow and fire, filled with disparate, diverse people who all want to win the war, is background to a powerful, slow burning story that develops Linné and Revna’s reluctant friendship, their growing understanding of the world, and their emerging identities as soldiers who may not entirely trust the country they are willing to die for.
As I was doing my research, I was struck by the number of women who showed unflinching loyalty to the USSR despite the fact that it had (or would) destroy their families or their lives. I couldn’t help thinking about my own relationship to my home country, to a United States that I love and miss but can’t trust with my life. In this day and age, a lot of people are being betrayed by the countries they call home. It doesn’t make you less of a citizen to call your country out, my loves. We can love and fight for our countries, and still criticize them for their wrongdoing. It can be both, and for as long as we’ve had the concept of nations, it has been both.
I can’t wait for We Rule the Night to be on shelves. Sometimes it’s a little too easy to forget how proud I am of the story I made. So thank you, Kirkus, for making me feel like there’s something to be proud of.