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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance) (edition 2021)
by Naomi Novik (Author)
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
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This book was real okay in my opinion, which doesn't sound like high praise because well, it isn't. I found myself frequently irritated by how senselessly difficult the students world was. You are telling me that the only way to train them for the future was to make life as hard for them as possible during the most vulnerable stage of their life? I don't buy it. I did not find any of the characters awful, but not exactly tremendously fun to spend time with either. I did thoroughly enjoy how the story was concluded and the way in the main character came to understand the male lead as both her opposite and as someone in the same boat.
I loved this book. I am really curious about the world it is set in and the characters. I also really liked how much effort went into crafting a story with a massive cross-section of people from different parts of the world.
The point of view character is cynical, extremely pragmatic, snarky, and abrasive but with good reasons; while there are times that I’d like to holler at her, I really care about what is going on. (It is a hard balance to write a main character that is engaging but also so cynical)
I am really looking forward to the next book.
First novel in a series set at a magical boarding school. Unlike most other entries in this genre, monsters are out to get the students, and the school is indifferent towards their survival. It reminded me of Peadar O’Guilin's Invasion books and The Hunger Games and A Deadly Class: teenagers are sent to a place without adult supervision and many won't make it out. At the Scholomance, however, students are a lot more willing to work with each other. The novel explores how friendships can begin and grow.
Novik takes great care is creating a world with overt systemic inequities that are not based on race or nationality (though those forms of racism also exist.) The main couple, of course, are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Without being too didactic, she illustrates how the privileged can be so blind to their advantages.
As always, Novik has does great world-building (and magic systems), writes characters with distinct voices, na as some plot twists. I really liked it.
Well that had one of the most remarkable magical systems I have read in a YA fantasy!
This novel is set in a magical school where kids are trying to survive attacks from vicious monsters, each other, and the building itself. A few reviewers have commented on the info dumps and they are a hundred percent correct. I think at least 50% of this book was explaining the magical system in this wonderful world and the other 50% was El telling us what is happening in the school. That's a lot of splaining. However as my fellow South Island reviewer Fiona says in her review, "it's an info-dump only if it's boring". And people, this was not boring! Galadriel is quite a sassy character but not in that eye rolling annoying 'look at me be snarky' way we often see in YA. She is also special beyond belief but not in the 'I am a special snowflake' way. The author has struck a good balance with our spiky main character, Galadriel. This won't be for everyone due to the whole 'telling not showing' thing, but I enjoyed it a great deal. If I am thinking about the high school library I would probably say this is for more seasoned Readers.
By the way Naomi, that's quite an ending for a reader to cope with when they don't have book two in their hands *said with tight smile*.
Not my typical genre. But I made it all the way through and will probably check out the rest of the series...
The magic and mystery of this chillingly lovely novel will appeal to both YA and adult fans of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. . . . An unresolved ending leaves readers eager for the next installment.
I loved this book. It’s such a nail-biter, it’s funny, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s such a good read.
"In the start of an all-new series, the bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver introduces you to a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death--until one girl begins to unlock its many secrets. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered: There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won't allow its students to leave until they graduate . . . or die. The rules are deceptively simple: Don't walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school's dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students. So El is trying her hardest not to use her power . . . at least not until she has no other option. Meanwhile, her fellow student, the insufferable Orion Lake, is making heroism look like a breeze. He's saved hundreds of lives--including El's--with his flashy combat magic. But in the spring of their junior year, after Orion rescues El for the second time and makes her look like more of an outcast than she already is, she reaches an impulsive conclusion: Orion Lake must die. But El is about to learn some lessons she never could in the classroom: About the school. About Orion Lake. And about who she really is. Wry, witty, endlessly inventive, and mordantly funny--yet with a true depth at its heart--this enchanting novel reminds us that there are far more important things than mere survival"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century