The Poppy War

The Poppy War

by R. F. Kuang


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ISBN-13: 9780062662569
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Poppy War Series , #1
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 574
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

R.F. Kuang studies modern Chinese history. She has a BA from Georgetown University and is currently a graduate student in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship. The Poppy War is her debut novel.

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The Poppy War 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Interesting premise and could have been much better without the very detailed brutality.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The book started out very interesting with good characters, a story line that keeps you interested. The author keeps you rooting for the main character who is the under dog. The main character slowly gains a power that you keep waiting for her to unleash. And you keep waiting, and waiting and waiting. The story gets mired down in a brutal war with many atrocities. The author seemed to throw in as many as they could until you want to thrash the herione of the story. The author makes you angry with the main character. When vengeance finally comes, its totally anti climatic. Its nothing you had in your mind while reading. It was rather boring. Its too bad because the author does have a way of describing things so you actually kind of visualize the places and characters in your mind. Which may be part of the reason you may feel so robbed at the end. What the author gave you glimpses of just kind of blow away. Its too bad because it was a good story and kept me reading even though on some psrts were so drawn out I skipped. There is a kind of ending , but the author was so busy setting the stage for a sequal that it was only a semi ending. Should have been a delicious cliff hanger.
pooled_ink 8 months ago
pooled ink Reviews: This book was so much more than I expected in every possible way. More dark, more bloody, more elegant, more savage, more fantastical, more philosophical, more fun, more horrible, more…more everything. The moment I cracked open the book I was captivated. From that first page I already knew I was committed to seeing Rin’s story through to the end. And I’m quite serious when I say it was a tough story to witness. Not because it was dull, on the contrary this book is well-written with a strong undercurrent that will keep you racing through its plot, but because with every hundred pages it’s as if you’ve descended to a new level of Hell as it gets more and more brutal as the situation of Nikara becomes increasingly dire and Rin finds herself in the thick of it. This book charges forwards filled with the deepest horrors of war (it is inspired by the 1937 Rape of Nanjing) and makes no promise that the sun will rise in the morning. And because of the way the story did unfold I would caution readers before diving into this book. It does not shy away from true horrors of war in the slightest (drugs, trauma, slaughter, torture, rape, etc. unfold in a way that’s so fitting and almost natural that it will make you sick that humans could be capable of such things, and not just in story but in real life). This book does not pull its punches but at the same time I never got the sense that it was gratuitous or sensationalized. It was included because it’s the nightmarish reality of what we wish to ignore but those victims deserve the honor of not being pushed aside, written over, or ignored simply because it’s too uncomfortable to accept. You meet many characters throughout but Rin's is the only consistent perspective and even with her one wonders how long a flame can burn before it suffocates. From where Rin began to where she stands on the final page her choices and her world expands with violence like the mushroom cloud of a bomb and as the reader you can only watch wide-eyed and speechless. I don’t quite know what to say. I was enthralled by it, horrified by it, and I want to read more. I want to know what happens next. My soul demands justice, victory, reconciliation, something besides the endless cycle of blood for blood. Be cautious of the graphic violence but if you can stomach it then definitely pick this book up and give it a read. A Chinese-inspired military fantasy, THE POPPY WAR will utterly captivate you, holding your attention through each victorious and vicious display. Grounded in the darkest ghosts of human history and embellished with the spirit of fantasy, this novel is an accomplishment of art and word like a war dance burning bright on the shelves.
Scarls17 9 months ago
This book is EPIC. And brutal. It's also wildly entertaining.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 11 months ago
This book absolutely gutted me. There are loads of really great elements about it - who doesn't love a good boarding school story? - but I can't get past the aspect of war. R. F. Kuang writes it saw raw and real and I am disgusted but I am supposed to be. This book sort of makes me want to claw out my eyes, for the grotesque horrors I have imagined, thanks to the precision of her writing. When I think about Kitay's story, or Venka's, it makes me sick. I'm just going to throw the trigger warnings out front, and this is just off the top of my head - self-harm, drug use, genocide, rape, war, everything? Just. Wow. Do note as I'm saying all this, I gave the book five stars. I would have given it ten stars. The violence and unspeakable acts build a world in the midst of war, and it's perfectly accurate for that situation. We don't want it to be accurate. We want it to be ... tidier. But war makes monsters of men (and women). This story is incredibly powerful. I loved that good and evil were not black and white. I loved that the characters kept making terrible, irrational decisions. I loved the magic and the consequences of it. The setting, the writing... honestly, I couldn't put this one down. I devoured it in every spare moments, up until I needed to break away because I felt like I couldn't breathe. Then I would pick it back up again. It's an incredible book, but it's not for the faint of heart, so please don't go into this one expecting a cheery fantasy adventure with an Asian protagonist. It's so much more than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book struck me hard. A dark fantasy that I desperately needed. It's been months since I read the book and it still left haunted by this beautiful book. I can't wait to read the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and a intriguing new world to explore.