- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 5 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0147513855
- ISBN-13: 978-0147513854
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Wrath and the Dawn:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 – Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
“Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it’s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”—Publishers Weekly
“This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and … promises to become a classic tale of its own.”—VOYA
★ “Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author’s adept world building… a surefire hit with teens.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Renée Ahdieh's lush debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights, with an edge.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Sumptuous detail … satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension.”—BCCB
“Don’t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did.”—Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites
“In her absorbing debut, Renée Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written.”—Carrie Ryan,New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
“Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawn is a story I could not put down.”—Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner’s Trilogy
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About the Author
Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. The Wrath and the Dawn is her debut.
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The other characters seemed unmemorable to be honest, except Despina. Now she was one that I knew I would like immediately. Even though I didn't trust her, she seemed like a wholly capable strong woman as Shahrzad.
There's a glossary in the back for everyone to check out and it helped so much. I was constantly flipping to the back to find out what item was what or which term was used in which context. The dialogue and the world setting was on point. I even googled some objects and wanted to learn how to pronounce their names correctly. I hope I did get the names correctly in my head when I was reading :P. I loved the details about every little thing. What the scene looked like, where they were, what objects they were glossing over etc. It really felt like I was dropped in the Arabian setting and thrust upon these characters and their story. I loved reading the stories that were being told even though I don't know anything about the original stories, I did catch Aladdin and Blue Beard in there.
There wasn't too much of a story. Unless you count the romance which I did but I didn't want it to be just a romance. I wanted more magic and plot and character development. I wanted Shahrzad to dig up Khalid's past. There was none of that. I also wanted to find out why they loved each other? They truly challenged each other but was that it? The one thing that bonded them together? After a while, I couldn't get over their romantic laments, but that's just me.
A beautiful setting, with diverse poignant characters, "The Wrath and The Dawn" will have you wanting more. I know I did because I can't wait for the next installment. A wonderful debut in my book!
I haven't read too many books so far this year, but TWATD is now officially #1. To say I have fallen in love would be an understatement. MY LIFE HAS OFFICIALLY CHANGED FOREVER AND I'M NOT COMPLAINING.
I absolutely fell in love with Renee Ahdieh's writing style! It's simplistic and to the point where it needs to be, and beautifully descriptive and emotional everywhere else. Honestly, this is my favourite combination when it comes to writing. I'm not a fan of super flowery and poetic books – mostly because I spend more time trying to figure out what all the metaphors mean, instead of enjoying the actual story. TWATD was just perfect in every way.
Does anyone else want to live in Rey's tiered gardens, cause I do??!!! I definitely had flashbacks of Babylon's Hanging Gardens. I'm absolutely obsessed with the world that Renee has created! The culture, the food, the clothing, the mostly POC characters... it just made me so happy!! I don't mind reading books with all white characters, but it's nice to see myself represented every once in a while. While I'm not Persian, there are many aspects of Persian culture that are so similar to Pakistani culture. The signs of respect towards someone who is older, the RICE, the beautiful bejewelled clothing...
Shazi has to be my favourite character ever! She's stubborn, confident, and strong-willed. She's also independent and doesn't need no man to protect her! I love how out-spoken and honest she is, and how adamant and forward she can be. It's all the best qualities you would want in a female character and really reminded me of Tamora Pierce's characters.
Her relationship with Khalid is just PERFECT
"My soul sees its equal in you."
I loved everything about her hate-to-love relationship! Some of you may know that I'm very picky when it comes to romance, but this worked so well that I was literally DEAD for most of the book! Guys...THE FEELS WERE SO OVERWHELMING I COULDN'T BREATHE
The One Problem:
The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars, is because of one issue I had at the beginning of the book. It's something that I haven't seen anyone talk about, besides Christine, so I thought I would address it here.
In the very beginning of the book, Khalid and Shazi sleep together while Shazi still hates Khalid. Now there are a few issues here. The issue of consent being the main one. But there's also quite a few reasons for why this happened too.
Shazi mentions that during the "ordeal" (lol that's what I'm going to call it), she was surprised at how she managed to kind of transcend what was happening. Which tells me that she didn't really want this in the first place. But at the same time, she did kind of initiate the whole thing. I understand her reasoning. She says in the book, "She could see him withdrawing, a veil falling over the harsh angles of his profile". So she wanted him to stay, so she could tell him her story and find out his weakness.
But...Khalid went through with it. Shazi did make it clear that that was what she wanted (even though she didn't like it), but Khalid agreed with it even though he never went to any of the other girls he had murdered. At the same time, I understand why he might have gone through with it. He also wanted to understand why Shazi had volunteered to die, and I guess he thought that if he got close enough to her, Shazi would tell him.
In a way, both of them were doing something to get something out of it. The issue of consent is kind of in a grey area. Shazi said that he didn't seem to get any pleasure out of it, and Shazi, herself, didn't like it either. But since Shazi initiated, was Khalid wrong in accepting? I don't know. Also, the second night, they do it again. And this time the book doesn't say what happened before. Who initiated that time? Or was it just something they did cause they did the night before?? Because it was part of their duty as husband and wife?? This kind of frustrated me. I wanted to forget about it and move past it to everything else, but at the same time this isn't something to be brushed away too lightly. I wish Renee Ahdieh addressed this more in the book.
For those of you who've read this book, tell me what you think about this. I'm really curious to know your thoughts.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book! It's the best book I'v read so far this year and I can't wait to finally pick up The Rose and the Dagger! I've forced myself to finish this review before starting it, so now that this is done, I can finally continue and see what happens next!
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