Published by HarperTeen
Published on June 7th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
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A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
So I went into this one very intrigued. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever read a prehistoric fantasy; I was curious.
Jumping ahead to having read it and I am so glad I picked this one up. For me it did have it’s somewhat rough parts towards the start where it was a bit slower in pace, I understand hunting is a huge part of their life but the importance and spirit of felt a bit drawn out and over explained more so as it was addressed a few times throughout the story, but the concept kept me moving forward. Also a huge chunk of the story is told in a story, like the MC Kol is telling someone a story and it reads like he is talking to you the reader which was different for me. Lots of firsts for me with this book.
Way way back in a hunter/gatherer type of world where you lived in tribes and literally made your own everything, yes really prehistoric and a world my modern self would never survive in out MC Kol is the eldest son of the tribe elder and has several brothers and things for their tribe seem to be pretty good, minus the lack of females in their age groups. At seventeen this is a bit of a serious thing to be thinking about. I liked him from the start he’s the oldest but not the best at things one might assume he should be but he isn’t resentful. He’s content with his life. He’s also somewhat awkward, which is fun to see that as a trait of humans throughout the world.
Then one day they receive visitors from another tribe bringing girls and possibilities. However, Mya isn’t one to trust easily and she has her own issues with his tribe which only add to her look of disdain and her harsh words/actions. She was a bit rough around the edges but as the story progressed her actions and motives become clearer and we see more of who she is right along with Kol.
Kol really cares for his family as evident with the way he talks about them, from his parents to his brothers whom also play a rather important part as slightly younger brother Pek has developed strong feelings for Mya’s sister and is determined to fight for her which would link Kol and Mya’s tribes together which given the shifting feelings with each interaction it could be good or bad.
Along with Mya’s clan making contact another clan comes near as well, also having girls in the tribe. A tribe that has a difficult past with Mya’s clan. Tensions are high as Kol’s people are placed in the middle of something they had no part in. War is brewing and it’s unclear who is the aggressor. Violence ensues forcing sides to be drawn an bonds tested.
People back then were much stronger than we seem to be today and that shows with how determined they are to fight and to live. Injured and want to lay down and heal, nope suck it up you have to keep going and keep fighting you can rest when it’s over or you’re dead. Minus a little bit of drag, it had it all. It was new and different and introduced me to things I would never have thought about before. Also this writing style made me feel like part of the book and had the added benefit of giving me an inside look at what Kol is thinking and by doing so giving Mya an insight into how he saw things up until this point. I really enjoyed it and look forward to learning more about this world and seeing where the author goes from here.
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