Title: Hope’s Rebellion
Author: Jade Varden
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: December 30th 2013
Finished reading: October 16th 2014
“Drexi made it very clear that she thought allowing a machine to decide their futures was very silly. Rinna thought choosing by hair color was much, much worse.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly given to me by the author through Ethereal Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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When I first heard about Hope’s Rebellion, I wasn’t sure I would like the novel. It might have been the cover (I normally don’t like faces on a cover, especially when they are too photoshopped), it might have been the fact I needed a break from all those YA dystopian novels. But I’m glad I decided to read this ARC by Jade Varden anyway, as I absolutely loved the story. Unfortunately some of the characters and actions are close to becoming cliche at certain points (I hate love triangles!), but I did enjoy the various plot twists. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming! Hope’s Rebellion is in a way a criticism on the superficiality of deciding the future of children based on their looks. Being blonde myself, I could definitely relate to Rinna; I would have hated to live in Godenor (the dystopian world the story takes place) and being used as a ‘breading cow’ just because of the color of my hair. The other characters are easy to relate to as well, and I like that none of them are ‘perfect’. It’s an easy and entertaining read and definitely worth your time!
When you are living in Godenor, your faith is sealed as soon as you are born based on something simple as the color of your hair. There are not a lot of blondes left in Godenor, and those few who are born with this precious gift are treated like kings and queens. Unfortunately, not everyone born with the golden hair wants the special treatment they receive. Rinna hates that people only stare at her golden locks and don’t judge her for who she really is. She doesn’t want to be the next ‘breeding cow’ as she phrases it, and feels nothing but envy for her two not-so-fortunate friends. Drexi and Prelly have only escaped slavedom by accident and are now schooled to become useful members of the Godenor society. The teachers don’t feel Rinna needs the same education as her friends, as she is destined to become a Mother. Her role: giving birth to precious blonde babies. Rinna is desperately searching for a way to escape her faith…
Prelly and Drexi have their own problems. Prelly is incredibly shy and doesn’t believe she has any talents, while Drexi is in love with a boy she can never have. Only Mothers can have relationships, something Drexi will never be. And Wren is destined to become a soldier and future ‘mate’ of one of the golden girls. When they finally graduate fate is cruel and soon friendships are started to fade and a love triangle is born. There is a rebellion taking place, and while Drexi and Wren are trying to catch the rebel leader, Rinna has some secrets of her own…
Hope’s Rebellion is without doubt worth reading if you like the YA dystopia genre. The plot twists, interesting characters and easy-to-read prose makes this novel a perfect read for a nice afternoon or evening off. It’s short, sweet and good, but be warned: don’t become too attached to the characters like I did!