Review: When The Sea Is Rising Red (Cat Hellison)

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Review: When The Sea Is Rising Red (Cat Hellison)

Postby FranW » 14 Feb 2014, 11:10

When The Sea Is Rising Red
Author: Cat Hellison
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2012)

Though billed as a YA fantasy novel, Rising Red is sophisticated, dark, and complex. Hellison manages to create lyrical-but-invisible prose, quiet-but-vivid characters, an astonishing-yet-believable fantasy world, and a sad-but-happy ending. How she does it, I haven't yet figured out.

Felicita, as the daughter of a wealthy house, is useful to her family only as a marriage pawn. Her best friend commits suicide rather than enter a forced marriage. Felicita, whose own unwanted marriage is looming, runs away and reinvents herself in the poor part of town, joining a gang. But this novel isn't your trad fantasy focused on sexism and classism and magic and coming-of-age. Characters of several races. Romances of the heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and asexual kind. Themes of betrayal, murder, and vengeance. Fierce hatreds, bleak choices, inevitable consequences. All this, plus a girl whose hair leaks nightmares. This will go in to my to-be-read-again pile.
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