- Published: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 409 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 840
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The Scorpio Races
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Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
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Tension, conflict, relationship, determination, desire. This book drew me in in so many ways. A huge 5 stars for me.
Every year on the island, there is a dangerous race that leaves many contestants dead. The horses that are used are not average horses; they are capaill uisces, fast and dangerous. They crave flesh and the sea, which they were caught from. The race course is close to the sea, so one of the challenges for the riders is to keep their horse from returning home.
At age 17, Puck Connolly enters the Scorpio Races to win and use the money to pay off the debt before her house is taken. Her parents died an year ago. In addition, her eldest brother wants to leave for the mainland to earn money. She hopes that winning the race will keep her brother on the island. The Scorpio Races are intended for males and has been that way for centuries. Also, the race is for the sea horses, but Puck chooses to ride her horse. Threatened by the prospect of a female rival, the riders don't want her to ruin the tradition and believe that the horse stands no chance. But Puck isn't affected, she won't let other people tell what she can't do.
Sean Kendrick is a quiet young man who wants to win the race, so he can afford to buy a well known stallion, Corr. Sean won the races a few times already, but he is still plagued with the fear that he won't win. While training for the races, Sean starts to fancy the strong-willed Puck. Thankfully, the romance is not the main point of the story. This is not a book for you if you want a romance novel. Sean and Puck are trying to overcome obstacles that stand in their way.
I think this book is deeper than the other teen stories out there. The characters have more mature problems instead of teen problems. The deaths in the book is PG-13, a few riders are torn apart by the sea horses. I can't give it 5 stars because it's slow at the beginning and the ending is a little too open. The first hundred pages is just about Puck and Sean living in their daily lives and haven't met yet. It feels like there will be a sequel because of the ending, but it's good if you like open endings. This is a single standing book. But, I still recommend it.
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Hardcover: 416 pages
View my review at http://urbanhippies0.blogspot.com/2013/07/book-review-by-geling-scorpio-races_11.html
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