From New York Times bestselling authors Krista and Becca Ritchie, comes The Raging Ones, an edge of your seat sci-fi romance with twists and turns that you will never see coming!
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.
Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space—against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
This book was amazing! The events were fast paced and flowed together well. There were so many unexpected and exciting elements that kept me glued to the book. I never wanted it to end. I love Franny so much and Court and Mkyal are so swoon worthy together. There wasn’t much romance but the little there was made my heart leap. Zimmer was an unexpected character that I really liked as well. And I already know Kinden is going to be great. I loved the flash backs with him and Court. I can’t wait until they can interact more. I honestly loved this book. I definitely need more Court, Mkyal and Franny in my life. Can’t wait for book 2!
Definitely an intriguing start to a series, love the characters and stories that are interwoven. Will be interested to see how the story progresses through the next book and hope to see further insight into the other characters as well!
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A couple things the Ritchie twins do amazingly well without fail are world building and connecting characters. The Raging Ones is no exception to this fact. Franny, Court, and Mykal are three characters living in a snowy, cold, violet smoke clouded world, where everyone knows the very day they will die. Each of our mains have reached and survived that day. Which SHOULD be an impossibility, but for them... it was not. On top of all that, once they dodge their death day, they become connected to each other through some sort of unexplainable hybrid emotional mental physical bond. Three people who were living lives that should not have brought them together, and yet here they are. Together and bonded in more ways than one.
I can’t say that any of them are stand out as the central main. I think all three of them are the central characters, and each of them has a goal. Court wants to flee the planet to keep them and their death day dodging secret safe. Mykal wants to please Court and keep Franny safe. Franny wants to live whatever is left of her life hard, fast, and full. I loved seeing how the characters relationships were and how they grew during the story. I’m going to spoil a bit and say this is not a love triangle at this point, and I’m not sure it ever will be. It is however an unique relationship made even more unique, because of the bond. Can’t wait to see how things play out in the future. I have my hopes, but who knows where things will go between the three.
Along the way to our characters trying to reach their goals we meet a smattering of side characters. There are some you will love, some that will stump you, and some you will hate without a doubt. I think the authors did a great job giving you just enough of the side characters, that will keep you guessing. I ended up falling in love with one and his story already feels so tragic. I can’t say why... but ugh. I can’t wait to see where that side story may go.
I don’t want to say much more, because I think you need to actually read things and see what happens. What I will say is this book is book one of what I assume will be an ongoing series. It was a set up for the world, the ongoing plot, and establishing relationships between the main and some between the side characters. Which also means that at times the story was a bit slow for me. The authors DO throw in many moments where there’s action and some suspense, but once those are over there’s more info dump. Which is understandable in a first book, but if those aren’t your favorite this may be a hard read. ALL that being said, the last 20% is AMAZING and makes the world building and info dumping in the first parts of the book very worth it. So I would PUSH through, because the payoff is WORTH IT!
That ending. SO UNEXPECTED! I would have never in a million years guessed that’s where the story was headed. I easily made so many assumptions based on the first parts of the book.
I’m excited for the rest of the series. To see how the relationships will play out. To get answers to WHAT exactly is going on, and why exactly our mains have their connection.