Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton


The Book

Have you ever wanted to run away with the first stranger who would take you? Take all the money you can muster and run as far away as you can get? Amani does. So when she actually takes off with him, what happens next is far from Amani’s control. Featuring: The good looking Love interest, Strong Female Character, Quirky Sidekick/Best Friend. Guest starring: magical truth telling outlaws, and Anakin Skywalker’s least favourite thing.

The Good Bits

  • I would say that it challenges traditional YA fantasy structure in that half the book is about escaping the people trying to kill them, not facing the people trying to kill them.
  • We see so much of the media trying to tell us that deserts are just hot and sandy, not so Rebel of the Sands I honestly didn’t know why Hamilton liked it so much, until I read this book.

The Not-So-Good-Bits

  • Of course she’s a “special” because we couldn’t have a YA novel whose main character isn’t super important to the revolution/operation/people/cause etc.
  • In every YA novel with a Strong Female Character, there has to be sexism to go along with it. because they can’t rise out of sheer talent, they have to rise out of sexist idiots. It’s a fantasy novel, you can make a not-sexist world!

Thoughts from the Back Cover | Sexism for Heroines sake.

I read quite often. You might know this because it’s my book blog. Right. So, now that we’ve got that out of the way. I see a lot of female characters. Often. I also see a whole lot of Strong Female Characters. (For a definition of SFC, please see here) The one thing I always see in these cases is a whole lotta sexism. The reason why Hermione is a strong female character, but Amani is a Strong Female Character is simple: Hermione isn’t getting beaten down for being female. Muggle Born yes, but not Female. Amani on the other hand has to pretend to be a boy (oh the troupes) in order to walk around freely (remind you of medias perpetuation of a desert bound country at all?)

So what story writers need to do is pick another ism. We don’t want your sexism here! pick Racism. Pick Homophobism. Pick anything. Because we need more Hermiones.

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