November 13, 2011
Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press, hardcover
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Oh my gosh! This book was amazing! Just brilliant and amazing! I could not set it down for a second.
The Scorpio Races is the story of two people, Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick who live on the island of Thisby. Told in their point of view, the tale entraps the reader with how their lives are on the island. But more importantly the Scorpio Races. Horse races that are held on the first of November along the Scorpio ocean, which always end with the sand tinted red.
Okay, so in the beginning I was slightly confused. Mostly because I jumped to conclusions and assumed the story wasn't taking place in current times. With the coloring and letters for the title, I assumed that it would take place a long time ago. Like when there were gods. Then I started to get slightly confused because the eldest brother worked at the hotel. But then I just got really confused when Puck was reading a magazine. I don't think it actually hit that it was taking time in present day until there was talk about a car. The tale just seemed so unlike these times that I couldn't help but think that I had been transported somewhere else.
Here's a question for everyone whose already read the book: do we know how old Puck is? Was it not said or did I just miss that?
The idea of water horses is just fascinating! For some reason I thought it was going to be about seahorses, but it wasn't. It was about horses that came from the sea. I'd never heard of such a thing! It blew my mind the entire time.
Okay so we all know that I'm a sucker for romance and I have to say that even though there really wasn't any, I was extremely satisfied. The relationship that you see in the book are so profound that there really isn't a need for display. And by relationships I don't mean coupling. Like the relationship between Sean and Corr, man and beast, is just astounding.
The characters are great. They're not too mature for their age but their not like too naive either. For the kind of life they live, they were just right. I'm glad everyone got what was coming to them. *mumbles darky about Malvern*
Here's another question: Where exactly is Thisby? I mean, it's an island but how far is it from America? To me it sounded pretty far, because everyone in the book was just in awe of George Holly, the rich American from California.
It goes without saying that the writing is superb. I mean, it's Maggie Stiefvater!! Her writing it capturing that it makes the reader feel as if they were immersed into the world of the book.
I have a feeling that this maybe a single book, not the first of a series book, and if so I'm going very upset! Forever I shall be pondering the lives and how things turn out for our beloved characters.
Rating: 5/5 stars