My Rating ~ Four stars
RELEASE DATE: 5 November 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Valerie Simons knows the city’s gang wars are dangerous—her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautiful Herons to avenge his death—a death she feels responsible for.
But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.
Thank you so much to Tor Teen for providing me with a copy of A Thousand Fires, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Valerie has counted on being recruited by The Herons gang on her 18th birthday. She knows her boyfriend will be recruited and she assumes she will be riding out her one year gang service with him. But when a different gang, The Stags recruit her, with the promise of giving her information on who in The Boars gang killed her little brother, her entire world is turned upside down. Caught between the loyalty she must show to Jax, the leader of The Stags, and the boy she still loves, in the rival gang, she’ll need to figure out who she can really trust.
A Thousand Fires felt like such an original book. I know it’s been compared to The Outsiders, and I see why, but it was such a great story in it’s own right. Fast paced and modern, with plenty of emotional moments, the story takes us on a ride where everyone has different agendas and backstories as to why they chose to join the gangs. Although the story is told from Valerie’s point of view, we get to know a surprising amount about the other characters in the story – especially her fellow gang members in The Stags.
There were some heavy topics involved, such as self harm and grief, so proceed with caution if those are a trigger for you.
All in all, I honestly wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did and I’m quite surprised there hasn’t been more hype around it!
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