“The three of us – we’re an odd sort, aren’t we?”
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive.
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4 / 5
The Raging Ones was a fantastic read. It was so creative – set in a frozen world with a lilac sky where each individual knows which day they will die on – and the characters were so compelling. Massive kudos for not including a love triangle between the two male characters and the female one; instead The Raging Ones cultivates a powerful friendship alongside a gay male romance.
“I have a history.” His widened eyes blaze with raw memories. “Where is it?” Dying. Dead. Gone. “In my hands.”
It’s Franny Bluecastle’s deathday. No one has ever survived theirs, she believes, until the day that she does. Franny’s a Fast-Tracker, someone destined to die between 12 and 29, and she lives like it: drugs, sex, and rock and roll. When she wakes up the day after her deathday, Franny doesn’t know what to do with herself – like most Fast-Trackers, Franny has been counting down the days until her death with a sense of glee. Upon waking she finds that her mind is intimately bound with two men – she senses their bodies and their emotions.
I’m a young man of medicine and science and logic, but the sentiments I wield for Mykal transcend all three
Court Icecastle was imprisoned in the most famous and high security prison on the planet. At least until he escaped and dodged his deathday. He found himself linked to Mykal Kickfall, a Hinterlander who lives on the frozen plains and was a Babe, destined to die as a pre-teen. For years the two have been intimately close and planning to escape the planet via selection by a secret space mission run by StarDust. To do this, they need to pass as Influentials, individuals who live for at least thirty years.
I really, really loved the setting of this book. The deathdays concept was a little confusing but very well explained and integrated into the world of the book. I loved how Court and Mykal had a pre-existing relationship that was complex and their chemistry was real. I loved how Franny, wild and unstable Franny, was added into this little duo and their relationship was built around figuring out this weird emotional bond and balancing all their desires, rather than forcing any romantic tension.
I’d rather her like the ass that I am than love the god that I am not
The writing and plot was where this book fell down a little for me. Each chapter rotates between Franny, Mykal, and Court and is written in first-person present tense. Each character has a very individual way of narrating
, so you can always tell whose chapter you are in – Court is more logical, more in pain; Mykal uses lots of slang and his voice is soft, gruff, and loving; Franny is confused and angry, searching for purpose in a life where she has no idea when she will die. The problem for me was that the narration was very stream-of-consciousness and could sometimes be a bit directionless and switch between past and present confusingly. Likewise, the plot was a bit weird. One moment this is a sort of dystopian novel, then we’ve gone into an academic/selection test, and then into full on weird-alien sci-fi. I loved most of it, but sometimes I put the book down and thought “what the heck”.
Overall, The Raging Ones was incredibly original and such a page-turner. All three main characters are compelling as individuals and as a group – I adored them all!
My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of this book.