Official Review: The Rage by Lassiter Williams

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Official Review: The Rage by Lassiter Williams

Post by KristyKhem » 10 May 2019, 21:06

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Rage" by Lassiter Williams.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Rage by Lassiter Williams is a young adult novel that tells a historical fiction story about a girl named Trib. The story is set in the jungles of the New World. Trib belongs to a cultish tribe where women are superior to men. They are warrior-like people who are known for using a special ability called ‘The Rage’. Trib’s tribe is constantly at war with the Puritanics who are men. After a surprise attack on her tribe, she pursues them for days despite exhaustion and her injuries. Trib ends up saving a boy named Peyewik from being drowned by a Puritanic. She is taken to the boy’s village to recuperate. Trib soon learns that Peyewik is a seer and his people are Natives. Soon, Trib begins to see the world from a new perspective as she spends more time with Peyewik and a handsome storyteller named Kwineechka. Trib learns of the Natives’ plight and how they are affected by the war between the Puritanics and her own people. She also discovers harsh truths about herself, her own tribe, and her family.

A delightful mix of adventure, self-discovery, and blossoming romance await readers of The Rage. I appreciated the multiple perspectives from which the book was written. Due to this, I felt like I personally knew each of the main characters because of their backstories, thoughts, and feelings. Additionally, Trib, Peyewik, and Kwineechka were all written quite realistically. They each had distinct traits and personalities. They also had to overcome individual struggles. This made them very relatable. This is what I liked the most about the book.

Another thing I liked was the multitude of different cultural elements that were portrayed. Traditional clothing, lifestyles, family life, beliefs, food, religions, and customs differed between the Natives and Trib’s people. Their mystical abilities also varied. However, the story linked all of the groups together through spirituality. There was a wonderful harmony that brought all of the cultural elements together.

Although it was not a huge part of the storyline, I liked how the romance was depicted in this book. It was tastefully written for a young audience without crude scenarios. The initial angst between Trib and her crush was entertaining and I found myself rooting for them until the end. However, their romance was not straightforward and sappy. Instead, it was complicated with an outrageous ending. This aspect of the story kept me interested throughout the book.

I can confidently state that The Rage was professionally edited because I only came across one minor error. There was nothing that dampened my reading experience of this novel. Its relatable characters, cultural elements, and intriguing romance make this book deserving of a perfect rating: 4 out of 4 stars! I would recommend this book to older teens and young adults who enjoy reading historical fiction with a fantasy twist. Readers with an interest in Native American culture may also enjoy this novel. This story will not appeal to those who don’t like reading about history, adventure, or different cultures.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 14 May 2019, 05:26

I like that the reader was given the perspective of various characters. I think it's also neat that the author explored many cultures. Sounds like an action-packed book! Great review!

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Post by 8amaseter » 14 May 2019, 07:21

Its good to know that the story linked all of the groups together through spirituallity. One would want to read the book to the end so as to find out how they ended. Its a good review.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 14 May 2019, 07:42

I love stories where the author creates a detailed, immersive new world for the reader to experience. The plot of The Rage sounds interesting. I like the Native American-inspired elements that are included. Great review!
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Post by Ellylion » 14 May 2019, 08:30

A book with realistic, well developed characters is such a treat! I have a great interest toward Native American culture and would gladly check this book out :) Excellent review as always!

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Post by kandscreeley » 14 May 2019, 08:50

I'm a bit curious as to what the Rage is and how they use it. It sounds like a very interesting story; the author has built this world quite well. Thanks so much for telling us about this one.
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Post by KristyKhem » 14 May 2019, 09:59

Ellylion wrote:
14 May 2019, 08:30
A book with realistic, well developed characters is such a treat! I have a great interest toward Native American culture and would gladly check this book out :) Excellent review as always!
Thanks Ellylion!

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Post by amjohnson13mommy » 14 May 2019, 10:21

A tribe of women superior to men, sound like a delightful change! And I too am curious as to what that is rage power is. I hope that Trib discovering that not all men are horrible does not change the strong women she is.
Guess I have to read this and find out, thank you!
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Post by T_stone » 14 May 2019, 17:19

I like that this book seems realistic with well a developed characters. Although I'm not a big fan of romance, I like how the author managed to include it in this story.

Nice review!
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Post by sri varshini303041 » 14 May 2019, 23:19

Ah, I liked the romance part of the story as you mentioned in your review. Thank you for your detailed review.

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Post by DogoMulla » 15 May 2019, 09:14

Well, this one is unique. Different cultures are a recipe for excitement. One gets to learn new stuff and be amazed by the diversity of our societies. Good job on the review!

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Post by Shielasshi_93 » 15 May 2019, 19:42

This seems like a great book with an interesting plot and well - written characters. I like that the author incorporates culturular elements.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 16 May 2019, 02:10

Okay. You got me. This sounds really interesting and the world-building seems well thought out in terms of Trib and the others' various tribes and societies. I'd really like to check it out.
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Post by Uinto » 16 May 2019, 05:55

I like the element of adventure and spirituality all blended together. The concept of a society where women are superior to men is also an innovative one. Thanks for a wonderful review.

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Post by janinewesterweel » 16 May 2019, 15:52

Good to hear that the characters and storyline are well developed, with an interesting and innocent-enough romantic angle. Just the formula for a young adult novel. 🙂
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