Title: We Rule the Night
Author: Claire Eliza Bartlett
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.
We Rule the Night is a bold and creative story with an intriguing world that seems to be simultaneously futuristic and archaic. It involves magic, war, and two fierce young women who develop a strong friendship. This book immediately caught my interest, and I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read and review an eARC!
Though this book is packed with action and unique settings, the main characters are where it truly shines. You have Linné, a crossdressing soldier who was forced to join an all-female group of pilots once she was discovered to be a woman. She is strong, rude, and at times hostile, but I absolutely loved her. Then you have Revna, a poor and disabled factory-worker who is relegated to being a second-class citizen. She has a knack for using “The Weave”, a forbidden power that allows her to manipulate reality. Both of them are incredibly intriguing characters; so different from each other, and yet strong in their own way.
I adore the diversity and disability rep in this book as well as the characters fighting back against rampant sexism and ableism. I also like some of the concepts presented in this novel (living metal with emotions, war planes flown with magic, etc.)
Though I felt that the character development was lacking and the world building was confusing at times, I was nevertheless sucked into this novel. If you are in the mood for a unique action-packed story full of female friendships and girl power, I would highly recommend We Rule the Night.
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About the Author
Claire Bartlett lives in an enchanted forest apartment in Copenhagen with too many board games and too few cats.
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