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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
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Aug 10, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2011

Brilliant first attempt at a fantasy novel by a Printz Award-winning author known for her realistic fiction. When a bloody coup happens and half the kingdom is exiled, its living in refugee camps, young Finnikin does all he can to find a place for his people. If rumors of a surviving heir are true, can they win back their home? Marchetta is not afraid to describe the heart of darkness, and rape, abuse, murder and disease plague Finnikin's people. I loved how in this fantasy world the evil is that of human nature, and so is the salvation. Telling the story from the point of view of an oppressed people gives the fantasy a gritty reality and taps into the empathy and sympathy of the reader. Really well done.
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