Source/Format: Won, Hardback
Age range: YA
Publishder/Publication Date: Tor Teen, May 13, 2013
Let me just say that I will never ever look at chalk the same way I did before I read this book. I can’t express to you how much I absolutely adored The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read good things about his other books, so I was excited to start this one—his first young adult novel. And let me just tell you, the world of The Rithmatist is just brilliant—it was so unlike anything I’ve read this year.
The characters were phenomenal in their respective roles. On one hand we have Joel, someone who feels he missed his chance to become a Rithmatist. And on another we have Melody, a Rithmatist with some questionable skills, and a few hidden talents. I love the way Melody and Joel’s friendship developed throughout the book. It developed over time, rather than all at once, and I liked seeing the interactions they had with each other. There was also no shortage of character development present in The Rithmatist, with both Melody and Joel seemingly developing a sort of comfort with their own skills. The secondary characters were also well-written, with Professor Fitch in particular being one of my favorite characters.
And then there was the story itself. The plot was so good that I read The Rithmatist in a few hours, and I was left wanting the sequel more than ever. Right from page one I found myself immersed in the wonderful world that Sanderson had created. I can’t say much about the plot, because I don’t want to reveal any spoilers by accident. But just know that the ending left me hanging, and now I wish that I’d taken more time to read The Rithmatist rather than speeding through it. Part of my enjoyment of this book came from the fact that it was a YA book with no romance. It makes me wish that there were more YA books like it out there. And those are my thoughts precisely. So, do I even need to say what my rating for this one will be? Seriously, I recommend this one to everyone!
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