We Rule the Night

We Rule the Night

by Claire Eliza Bartlett

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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 fiercely compelling story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival against impossible odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316417266
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 35,695
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Claire Eliza Bartlett grew up in Colorado. She studied history and archaeology and spent time in Switzerland and Wales before settling in Denmark for good. When not at her computer telling mostly fictional stories, she works as a tour guide in Copenhagen, telling stories that are (mostly) true.

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We Rule the Night 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
clowen 3 months ago
WE RULE THE NIGHT is... astonishing—a triumph of the human imagination. Revna and Linné’s world is so richly imagined and textured (the rascidine! Living metal! Every aircraft model! The magic of the Weave!) that my own world fell away, mere pages in. The pacing is impeccable, and the (frequent) action scenes are masterfully written. Bartlett's prose is also wonderful—crisp and full of gems I lingered on, like “Katya shrugged and blew out a thin blue stream. The wind tore it away from her as if the smoke was a scrap of her soul.” As I do while reading my most beloved books, I felt for every character deeply (always Revna, Linné, Magdalena, and the others, but even Tamara, *even* Tannov…). I closed every chapter still chewing on one of the book’s themes, especially what it means to make a sacrifice for one’s country, for one’s family, for one’s friend. But most of all, I lived for Revna and Linné’s distinct brands of female fierceness, and I grew with them both. My only wish is to one day dip back into this world to follow Revna and Linné again—but I’ll be satisfied with any future Claire Eliza Bartlett book. Don't miss this. Bartlett is an extraordinary storyteller.
Anonymous 4 months ago
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett is a staggering literary achievement. With kick-ass women fighter pilots, highly complex characters and relationships, and battle scenes so intense you’re sure never whether a main character (or two) may just be killed off, the book is basically impossible to put down. The world building – with its two different types of magic and “living metal” concept – is astonishing. (Side note, I will never look at metal again without imagining what it might be feeling in Bartlett’s world.) Also very worthy of mentioning and commending is how realistically and uncompromisingly Revna’s disability is handled. Her living metal prosthetic legs are an integral part of the plot and of Revna’s personality and emotional backstory. Bartlett pretty much nails the stigma, pity, misconceptions and self-doubt that people with disabilities routinely face, pulling absolutely zero punches on that front. As a person with a disability, I loved seeing this fierce, complicated, determined disabled character. My only complaint is that I want more! I don’t know if this is intended as a series, but I really hope it is. I’m desperate to see what might happen next for Revna and Linné – and for the amazing 146th Night Raiders regiment!
JenLBW 4 months ago
We Rule the Night is a great story about friendship, the brutalities of war and discrimination. The narratives in We Rule the Night are very interesting. At first I felt that both Revna and Linne were pretty equal but then it seemed like Linne took over. I felt like she was crowding out Revna’s voice until Revna started to have more faith in herself and it felt like she got louder. The story is two very different girls, from very different backgrounds and difficulties finding themselves in the same place at the same time. Revna has such a strong spirit. It comes through in her love for her family and her need to prove that having a disability is not something that holds her back. Losing her legs in an accident she now has prosthetics made out of something called living metal. It’s a material that has a mind of it’s own. I kind of thought of it as being like an animal. It feeds off your emotions, if you want it to work for you you have to treat it nicely. It reacts to anger, fear and calmness. She has also controls a type of magic called the weave. Where she can pull the threads of the fabric of life to distort things around her. Not in a illusion way but in order to move objects. Linne is the daughter of a high up military official. She does not want to be a perfect lady as he expects her to be. She disguises herself as a boy and manages to serve in the military for three years before getting caught. That is when she is transferred to the female night flying unit. So she has trouble interacting with the other girls because she is so used to making herself seem brash and unfeeling in order to be unnoticed by the men. She is blessed with the talent of the Spark which works like a flame. It is what is used to power an aircraft, where the weave is what is used to move them. I loved Magdalena and I think at first Revna is very leary of her friendship. She kept feeling like she might only be friends with her because of her disability and pity her. You can tell how much Magdalena respects Revna’s abilities as a pilot and how strong she truly is. I love the fierceness that Magdalena defends her friend. Plus she is just a spunky character herself and a clever engineer. There are so many things to make you mad in the story. The mistreatment of the unit is definitely a top one but even more so the treatment of women. They are treated much like they have been in early American wars, meant to keep the homefront together or be nurses. They don’t want the women on the front line. Tamara’s unit has to fight to earn their respect that other soldiers just have automatically. Not only are they fighting a war against the Elda but a war against their own country in order to be allowed to defend it. Seems crazy. Linne and Revna come from very different backgrounds. Each are judge by their fathers, even though they have no control over their actions. It was so frustrating to see the way they were each treated and it shaped their defensive personalities. Revna is for sure the more level headed of the two but even she had her own prejudices against Linne. The two girls have to find a way to work as a team and they struggle through the story, until they are caught in a situation where they have to rely on one another or they won’t make it out alive. This is where I think you see their true characters. I loved how they went to from enemies to two people who realize that they can trust one another and can work together. They build a stronger friendship o
Dee224 4 months ago
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett. Billed as part Shadow and Bone and part Code Name Verity. This book is about two girls, Revna and Linne, who come from very different walks of life and mindsets. Fate throws them together and creates many challenges for them to face. The world they live in is at war and they have to learn how to fly living metal planes with illegal magic to help combat the enemy. The first thing that drew me in was that Revna has a disability. It made me love this book instantly. She uses a wheelchair but can walk and both of her legs are metal prosthetics. I have a disability myself and use a wheelchair. There isn't that much representation for the disabled in books, so it meant a lot to see that. Next, I fell in love with the women of the 146th Night Raiders. Their determination to prove that they have the power to do anything was inspiring. The relationship between Linne and Revna was very compelling. You got to see both of their viewpoints and feelings through their different perspectives of life. It is a rough start between both of them and I loved seeing the growth of both of these characters. Bartlett made me care for them in a way that not every author can do. I wanted the magical system and world building to be explained with more detail. I also really wanted a map. This novel has many Russian influences, so the two warring countries and different towns and landscapes were confusing at times and it would have helped to be able to see them laid out. We Rule the Night is ultimately about sacrifice, fighting discrimination, oppression, and sexism. Where your beliefs and loyalties should lie when faced with difficult decisions at times of adversity and a bureaucratic government. Standing up for yourself and not letting others dictate who you are or what you can do. If you are looking for a fantasy read with emotionally complicated heroines, going through a deadly war, who strive to prove themselves in a world that only wants to knock them down, I highly suggest you pick up We Rule the Night. You won't be disappointed.
onemused 4 months ago
"We Rule the Night" is an engaging YA fantasy that takes place in a world at war. Revna works in a factory town, making war machines and related materials. She keeps her head down and follows the rules because her father was branded a traitor and her family status demoted, making their survival less likely. Despite the fact that her father made her legs of living metal, a strong and somewhat sentient substance, most people cannot look past the lack of her natural legs, which were lost in an accident when she was young. Since then, this disability has inspired her to secretly work with the Weave, a type of forbidden magic that alters the world and can cause tangles which may have far-reaching consequences. When her town is bombed by the Eldans, she uses the Weave to save her life- and that of a Skarov, a type of intelligence officer which is known for extracting confessions with torture, knowing that she is dooming herself to a worse fate for the illegal action. However, instead of condemning her, she is offered a place in a new regiment and that doing so will reinstate her mother and sister's status. Linne is the daughter of a famous commander in the war. For the last three years, she has posed as the male, Alexei, and fought in the war. Women are not allowed to fight. When she is discovered, they offer her a choice- to join a new fighting group in the war, composed of women and using the illegal Weave. Knowing the other options are worse in her mind, Linne agrees but is unhappy to find the other women in her regiment are not soldiers. The women train to fly aircraft that is undesirable (the better aircraft goes to the men) and must fight against sexism and sexual harassment at every turn. They are assembled in teams of three, a pilot who manipulates the Weave, the navigator who powers the aircraft with Spark (an acceptable type of magic), and an engineer who works on the weapons and keeps the aircraft running but stays on the ground. Due to the other women's reluctance to work with them (Linne for her personality and Revna for her disability), Linne is the navigator paired with the pilot Revna. Although they detest each other, they hate the idea of not being able to fly. As they begin to fly missions- exciting and terrible- they slowly grow to respect each other. With twists and turns and all the trappings of a terrible war, this book is about an unlikely friendship and feminism. Between Linne and Revna, we witness many sides of the story and the world they live in. The beginning of the book moves slowly, especially as we piece together all the ways this world is unique and the many characters within it. About halfway through, the pace picks up, and I found myself highly engaged through to the end. It gets pretty dark and the end has a bit of a cliffhanger, as I assume that it will be continued in the next book, but I really enjoyed it overall. It is an emotional and intense read, and I really became enthralled with the two main characters, who are each so strong and unique. I cannot wait to see where this story will go. This book is unique in so many ways- a world which I have never seen, a lack of romance, and so on. In a highly engaging and original story, these characters completely wormed their way into my heart as they did to each other. I wish I had the next book so I could see where this will go. I highly recommend for lovers of YA fantasy- this is one you will definitely want to pick up! Please note that I received an