Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands Series #1)

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands Series #1)

by Alwyn Hamilton


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“You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.”—Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasy reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477538
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Series: Rebel of the Sands Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 783,179
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study history of art at King’s College, and then to London, where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves quite so often. Follow her @AlwynFJH.

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Rebel of the Sands 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely cannot wait until the sequel. This book took me places I had no idea were coming. The author seamlessly combined "the wild west", middle eastern culture and magic. I couldn't read fast enough. I loved all of the characters, and how each has their own personality and motives. Looking forward to the sequel.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
This was soo gewd. I didnt really expect that much i was just thirsty for snother teen series. I procastinated heavily to read this like super heavy. Follow my ig prosperity_lydia or type Prosperity Meade ty And you wont regret this if u love adventure c Cant wait for some more love it took the m forever
weiner More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great story for all type readers. A little of everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of my favorite YA things in a neat little package. Myth, gunslingers, romance, adventure. I loved this book. Hamilton's voice is a standout, and her prose is great. Highly recommend.
karathebookdragon More than 1 year ago
I was captivated from beginning to end. I can't wait to read more and to journey back into this breathtaking world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of this world and fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm still confused about what happened on the book after reading it. Terrible pacing and terrible character development. The author takes liberties without explaining herself to the audience. All the names and places are hard to pronounce and there are quite a few of them. Wish I could get the time I wasted reading this book back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book in nearly one sitting. It is fast paced, intriguing, and 100% unique. I love it. Even though a few parts are a little confusing to me in the mythology and in a few of the action scenes (hence 4 not 5 stars) I overall think this was a remarkable story and I'm so happy I picked it up.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 3.5 Stars I’ve heard so many good things about this book and in a way I agree that they’re true. This book is full of vivid scenes, intense action, teasing romance, epic throw-downs, and the mystery of an ancient magic. All of this had me really excited to read but there simply wasn’t that special something that connects me to a book or leaves a lasting impression. I’m confused as to why because it really was filled with some great stuff and is rather unique, but despite the action and plot twists and magic, for me it was all a bit forgettable. Overall I enjoyed this book while reading it, but it didn’t call to me when I wasn’t. *Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
pineappletop92 More than 1 year ago
So, after much bugging from my friends to read this, I finally did (the release of the sequel is also a big push) and I am glad because I definitely enjoyed it. The story was original and fresh, with a main protagonist whose storyline felt unique (finally, someone who isn’t a long-lost princess or who becomes the leader of a rebellion – she just gets swept up in one on her way to become her own person, because said rebellion will help make sure she can). The plot had me constantly interested, and the setting is beautifully rendered with a mixture that feels part old western and part Arabian Nights. The world building was wonderful, and the storyline flowed well with all the right twists and turns to keep me captivated. I did, however, find that the pacing was too fast at times, with some scenes that felt as though they could use more description, but mostly I felt annoyed when it seemed that the author did not want to write travelling scenes. I get that those can be tedious at times, but it felt jarring to me to suddenly be in a new place, several days later, and then to be given a brief overview of the travel it took to get there. I know they aren’t always the most interesting things to write, but sometimes the conversations and actions that occur during travel are the most revealing about the characters. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a very original story with some great characters and a unique plot. The pacing may have been too fast at times, but it definitely made up for it in the story itself. Looking very much forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When does the next one come out? I can't wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character development and overall story. So good!
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
Rebel of the Sands was so so interesting! I fell in love instantly with this book, from its gorgeous writing to the equally stunning cover. This book was beautiful and definitely worth the read. This book was action packed. Amani knows how to get herself in trouble over and over again! She never let anything get her down. She was built of the desert and didn’t let a little disappointment stop her. The setting also contributed to the action. The desert never really sleeps, especially at night since the Nightmare’s come out then. I kind of introduced Amani above, but she was a serious badass. She was so awesome. She taught herself how to shoot a gun as soon as she could walk and didn’t let anyone get in her way. She was very stubborn and hard-headed but it was still so great. I never wanted to smack sense into her like I have other characters. She also wasn’t obsessed with romance like some other characters her age. She wanted nothing to do with men and was even willing to disguise herself as a man to escape from getting married. Jin. I love freaking Jin. He was so great. He matched Amani’s smart mouth perfectly and he kept her safe when he didn’t have too. Later in the book, you see his true intentions and then you want to smack him, but I still couldn’t bring myself to hate him. I love that mysterious character that doesn’t share much about himself and is very guarded. They’re more fun to read about and peel apart their layers. This book was worth every second I spent reading it, and that was pretty much every spare moment that I had. It wasn’t much spare time, but I was still able to finish the book in a little under 3 days. Which is actually a long time for me, but my summer internship keeps me busy. Anyways, read this! It is so good and a fun, quick read!
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I was so excited about this one because it seems to be set somewhere in the Middle East. It was refreshing to read something that wasn't set around a bunch of buildings and in the middle of a city. Add in the magic and it made it even better! The desert is a dangerous place to be for a human. The stories have been passed down and told all over their communities. Even though most of the magical beings haven't been seen in a long time, they know they're there. But Amani knows she needs to get away from there. So she tries to do the one thing that makes sense: Escape. The action and adventure in this one was amazing! The adventure was amazing. I could picture all the desert and them trecking across it. I could picture how hot it was and also how their body ached afterwards as well. As far as the action, that book is a page turner from page one. I knew it would be interesting after the first chapter. And I was NOT wrong. I loved that there were so many surprises that came out of nowhere! They definitely served for some of my more entertaining Goodreads updates, but it was so fun to see how everything kept turning up! The romance was amazing! I mean it was barely there, but the tension!!! The romantic tension is there and it was as thick as the desert sand they were walking on. Alot of the time they spent trying to ignore each other and then when it finally happened, IT HAPPENED. I cannot wait to see how it develops in the next installment! As some of you know, I'm currently in school for Library Science and one of the classes I'm taking this semester is Storytelling. Because I've been studying this, one of the things that stood out to me was the diversity and the way the stories were told. It was so cool to see how stories of the religion changed based on where they are from or who is telling the story. It was nice to know that I can apply what I'm learning to the books I've read. But even still, with all the great things, the only thing I didn't like was the fact that to me it felt like a filler a little. It seemed to get all the OMG moments towards the end and it seemed that that was being used to set up the next book. Don't get me wrong, it was still good, but it did seem like it was setting it up for an even more epic next book. And for that reason, it makes me wonder why they entire book wasn't that way. This book was interesting in so many ways! I can't wait to see what else will happen! This series has a very promising start.
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
I have been an active blogger now since July of last year and so I have watched to hype for Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton grow to a frenzy. I was not fortunate enough to obtain an ARC of this coveted book, so I ordered it as soon as it was released. I read it quickly and I can honestly say that it is as good as I anticipated. What I Liked: The Universe: I love fantasy books, so really enjoyed the new universe that Rebel Of The Sands created. The setting seemed to be a mix of Arab landscapes and cultures mixed with the the American Industrial Age of the 1800's. I enjoyed discovering how the society was structured and the various players vying for power. The Characters: Amani is the kind of self-made person I enjoy following. She is a self-taught master gunslinger. But what is interesting is that her skills are actually holding her back! I don't want to give away any plot revelations, but I found this to be delightful. I also appreciated that she was not another "chosen one". I am so over that trope! Instead, Amani must understand how she can fit into an already established group to achieve her dreams. Amani is finding her "tribe", something that many people who are a little bit different must do. Jin is a bit of a cliche (the handsome stranger), but the book does a good job of not falling into the trap of love/hate at first sight. Jin and Amani get to know each other as the book progresses. Both characters test each other and there are several misunderstandings that they must overcome before they can possibly get together. The Plot Twists: Obviously, I do NOT want to give away any spoilers. So I will just say that the story had some twists that I didn't see coming! There were fun revelations, and surprising turns as the group goes through one adventure after another. What I Didn't Like: The beginning of the story started out very slowly. If I am eagerly awaiting a book, I try very hard to NOT read spoilers. So I really didn't know any specifics about the novel going in. As I started reading, I wasn't sure if I was reading a story about the American Old West, the Middle East, a fantasy novel, or what. I wish the story could have started out with more of a bang to establish it's universe more quickly. That is really the only criticism I have for this book! With a debut such as this, Alwyn Hamilton will be an author I will eagerly follow in the years to come.
Coreena More than 1 year ago
I’ve been hearing a lot about this book and now I can see what all the fuss is about for this book — I raced right through it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the main character, Amani. She has her flaws, but she is also smart, self reliant, feisty, and amazing with a gun. She is willing to do what it takes to get what she wants and stand up for herself. The relationship between her and Jin is also nice, not too much. Hamilton is quite a writer and definitely has a way with words. She is able to create vivid images with just a phrase. And her descriptions of the desert — its vastness, dryness, relentlessness — are wonderful. Then there are the magical aspects to the book, the parts where myth and story become reality… so imaginative. With Hamilton’s portrayal of the desert, you can see how the sand could come together and produce horses like Buraqi or living Nightmares that disappear in the sunlight. This is a book that will likely have wide appeal — I know I’m going to pass my copy on to my 13 year old son because, though there is some romance, at its heart, the book is an adventure and a character coming to terms with who she really is. I can hardly wait for the next in the series. Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
This YA book took me completely by surprise. I try not to read other reviews if I think I'm going to review a book myself, but I had read the synopsis. It sounded intriguing, but didn't sound special, yep, insert foot here. I'll get back to this statement, I promise, BUT, Rebel of the Sands did have some similarities to other YA novels. Amani was an orphan, living in her aunt's household, an outsider who wanted to escape her small town and small life. Yep, I've seen that theme before in other books, most notably Tris in the Divergent series, although it was a faction, instead of a town. Unlike Tris, Amani didn't have a supporting life she was leaving behind. She only had one friend, a young man, who was also somewhat of an outcast. Rebel of the Sands, as other YA books do, has a love interest, Jin. Unlike Tris's immediate moon eyes for Four, Amani and Jin have a slightly antagonist love-hate relationship, filled with some great one liners and engaging dialog. So, yes, the underlining themes were there, escaping poor upbringing, young love, and self discovery, but what made this book so good was the great dialog, the adventure, and the setting. Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands is set in the sweeping sands of a desert, a la Arabian Nights. A world that should've been without color, filled with sand, grit and dust, that Hamilton made colorful through her descriptive language and great dialog. Amani, unlike Tris from Divergent, went on her journey of self discovery and actually discovered herself! She was always strong and unique, but she started off self absorbed and single minded. Amani's tunnel vision widened so she could view the world in technicolor, and Hamilton's imagery delivered that impact. Special. That is the exact word I would use to describe Rebel of the Sands. I am removing my foot out of my mouth now.
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ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
Rebel of the Sands is a story that takes place in the Middle East but it meets the old West as well...if that even makes sense. The plot is really interesting and enjoyable. Alwyn weaves a tale that as Amani and Jin go along on this journey together, you can't help but to see their journey in vivid detail. You can't help but to wonder what trouble Amani and Jin are going to get into next. The plot is great and keeps evolving as you read and secrets revealed that you won't see coming.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Viking Books for Young Readers for the arc of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton! Amani, a gun-shooting young woman living in the desert, brings this story to life! After the first chapter, I was hooked and thought to myself, "This is fantastic!" Amani lives with her aunt and her family. Amani's uncle wants to either find a husband for her or marry Amani himself; he already has several wives. Amani has lived with them since her mother was hanged almost a year ago for shooting the man they were residing with. A foreigner comes to town and he and Amani leave together. The story is equal parts adventure and fantasy with a touch of clever wit thrown in that adds some fun. Stories and Amani's adventures teach the reader about the mythology of her world. Rebel of the Sands is the beginning of a series that I definitely want to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world-building characters were great! My main issue was plot! There were moments where not much happened and moments that just felt a little cliche. But overall an impressive debut! I will be reading the sequel.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Book One of the Rebel of the Sands series Publisher: Penguin Publication Date: March 8, 2016 Rating: 5 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands. Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is. What I Liked: Ahhh, I can see why this book has received so many stunningly positive early reviews so far, and why it's set to be a huge success worldwide. This book was magical! And such a fun, exciting fantasy novel. So many YA fantasy books today are so heavy and gloom-and-doom-y, save-the-world-and-claim-the-throne kinds. This book has certain elements that are typical of YA fantasy novels, but nothing like your average YA fantasy, in my opinion. Amani desperately wants to escape the small desert town of Dustwalk. She's excellent with a gun, and she's hoping to use those skills to win some prize money and get out of the town, before her uncle marries her off. With a little help from a handsome foreigner, Amani escapes into the world outside of Dustwalk. But she isn't expecting the wild adventure that follows, tangling her up in rebellion and revolution and magic she has never seen before. My expectations have been super high, ever since seeing this book's cover (the original one AND the new one!). It's not always smart to be excited about a book solely based on the cover, but in this case, I was justified. Kickbutt fantasy + amazing synopsis + gorgeous cover? This book has been calling to me! So I'm even more excited that it did not disappoint, because my expectations were crazy high! Amani surprised me from the very beginning. I know we in the YA book world like to throw around phrases like "kicka** heroine", how some heroines are tough and feisty and spunky and whatnot. But Amani is a different kind of tough. She's so incredibly mouthy, and she stands in the face of danger and does not back down. I love her wild spirit, and how unafraid she is to show her temper's claws. Not that she has an angry temper - but her personality is very fiery. I love her to pieces! Her character development was a very important part of this book; as she matures as she discovers the world beyond Dustwalk. The world-building of this book is incredible! Desert fantasies are nothing new in YA, but this desert fantasy is a little different. Guns and trains and other technology totally exist, and yet, so does Djinni and ghouls and magic. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)