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In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society - Elite, Member, Inter or Trog - but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.

But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what
Paperback, UK, 378 pages
Published May 22nd 2014 by Pan Macmillan
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Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism) There is a bit of romance, and you can see a love triangle coming in the future. However, it's not the focus of the story.

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Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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I received a free hardcover of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I just finished reading this title. Full review to come.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**Make sure to check out my post on 24th June 2014 for an interview with Kerry and a UK giveaway of Reckoning that will run for two weeks**

When I got my copy of Reckoning for review I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis of Reckoning sounded amazing, but this is the first book of Kerry's that I have read so I was somewhat hesitant to start reading. The Reckoning is a test that all 16 year olds on the 1st July have to take, which determines which section they belong to, Trogs, Intermediates,
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding story that’s deliciously addictive and compelling!

I was literally blown away by this extraordinary debut that fuses together an eclectic mix of sci-fi, Young Adult and Dystopia. With subtle similarities of Divergent and also the Hunger Games, I was swept away by the sheer vastness of the plot packed with forthcoming premise. Well-written and addictive, I just could not get enough of this fantastic story that promises so much to come for the next instalment of the series. The
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

2-2.5 stars. In itself, it was a decent enough read, only I couldn't help but be reminded of many other dystopian YA stories... and after a while, those start to blend together. Among other things, it felt quite reminiscent of The Hunger Games and similar stories, except that the people involved weren't actively trying to kill each other, but were doing so in underhanded ways, notably being cowards and telling on others.

I was
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Having gobbled up every word of The Reckoning in a few hours, one thing strikes me more than any other; Kerry Wilkinson has found his niche.

It really is obvious as you work your way through Wilkinson's latest novel that this sort of young adult, fantasy world is were his heart really lies. The quality of writing here is much greater than that on offer elsewhere in his back catalogue, which comes as a bit of a surprise when you consider the target audience of the piece.

I am not the target
Amy E
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a pretty big fan of the genre, you're never quite sure what you're going to get with a book that has a description such as this. Will it be the same as so many other futurisitic tales of dystopia, or will it offer something new? Crucially, will it be good?

Thankfully, Reckoning grabbed me from the beginning and by the end, I was panicking as the pages ran out, wanting to know what would happen to poor Silver and her friends. The end is satisfying in as much as it concludes the tale but my
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
While the concept is not entirely new with so many dystopian novels out there, the English setting was promising. However, the story and Silver's character fell flat for me. Things seem to unravel too conveniently for Silver. She knows exactly what will happen and what to do (at least, in the first part of the novel), and her thoughts weren't interesting. Furthermore, she doesn't bother to explain certain things, leaving it to the reader to figure them out. For example, her relationship with ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!!! I'm already counting down the days until the next book. This is a must read for any dystopian lovers.

Expect big things from this series!!!!!!
Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy is a very, very good example of young adult dystopian literature. The world is fleshed-out and believable, the bad guys are BAD, the populace is sufficiently beaten-down and repressed, and Katniss is a likeable, relatable protagonist. I realized upon my last rereading of Catching Fire that I relate to her--a lot. And really, the whole Gale vs. Peeta thing isn't even that much of a thing in the books--it's something ...more
Liz Barnsley
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Publication Date: May 22nd 2014 from Pan Macmillan.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the
Aug 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good God what a waste of time this book was.

I absolutely hated Silver- she did NOTHING for me. I wanted to jump into the book and yell "WHAT ARE YOU DOING" on many occasions.

The plot was just too obvious. Okay, clearly this chick is going to be chosen for the Reckoning, clearly the King is going to have a totally cruel and twisted side regardless of his honorable reputation, and clearly Silver is going to try and find a way to escape.

Now here's the part where I shut the book and threw it across
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Giving this a 4.5 rating.

A pretty good and interesting start to a series I heard nothing about. And glad I did because while I like starting a new series, I like not knowing not too much about it.

Read this because the summary for book 2 and the cover sounded good. Cover for this also interesting.

Anyway, while reading this, it reminded me a bit of Divergent, Hunger Games and Grave Mercy. Other than that, I liked how the story played out and kept me wondering what Silver and co will do about their
Heather Duff
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Pan MacMillan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Once I again I find myself with a new dystopian read and once more I find myself typing what will make this one different from the hundreds that have gone before it, will the Reckoning give me something new, something that will give the whole genre a good kick up the backside?

Honestly yes it does! First of all before I even go near the storyline lets look at the cover, bad-ass looking woman, awesome hair and
Miriam Smith
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
My 17 year old son lost interest in this half way through, though I believe it was more him than the book!
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
Some pretty serious wars have left England a bit of a mess; it's divided into quarters, each kept at bare subsistence levels. At 16, all young people participate in a Reaping - oops, I mean Reckoning, in which they are given their citizen status (Elite, Moderate, Interim(?), and Trogs), and assigned to some area of productivity. All this is the brain child of the King, who brought an end to devastating war and is pretty well idolized.

Every year, 30 young people from the Reckoning are sent to the
Xanthe Waite
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved this book. It is current, exciting, page-turning, sinister and shocking.
We start with Silver Blackthorn, so named for her silver streak of hair. She is turning 16 years old and is about to take her ‘reckoning’ which will decide her future role in society. By a strange twist of fate, Silver ends up becoming an ‘offering’, one of a small number of boys and girls who are taken to the King’s castle at Windsor. No one really knows what happens to the offerings and most are not
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish I could not put it down. Talk about an addicting book. The only reason I didn’t give it all five stars is because it didn’t feel completely original or unique. It was very similar to and read like most other YA dystopians. However I’m a hoe for dystopian books so I loved it even with all the same tropes running throughout it as other books of this genre. But wow I did not expect to love it this much regardless. It was a fun ride with ...more
3.5 stars

This book is very cliché and derivative of other books in the genre. However, I found the story and characters very enjoyable, and the writing quite captivating. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with the ending. There is a plot twist that does not seem possible given the time the characters had to accomplish it. I still look forward to continuing on with the series!
Louise Aspinall
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This review is also on my blog:

This novel is the first in a new, up-coming YA series by Kerry Wilkinson and is a science-fiction dystopia. It follows the main character, Silver Blackthorn, who lives in a small, poor town called Martindale. She has grown up with, and has feelings for her best friend Opie. But unfortunately, the pair are wrenched apart after a test every 16-year in the country takes. Silver was expected to get a high place in society,
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Welcome the Silver Blackthorn Trilogy

The Reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson is the first in the Silver Blackthorn Trilogy and what an explosive opening we have. This is fantasy at its best, introducing our Trilogy heroine Silver Blackthorn a 16 year old girl that decides that is she wants to live she will have to fight the King and all his men. The Reckoning to me is a mixture of The Game of Thrones with a splash of the Hunger Games thrown in but with that silky panache of a back story so the reader
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the paperback free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Dystopian novels are so easy to get wrong that even if the synopsis looks promising, I always start the book feeling anxious because you go into a book wanting to like it. Starting Reckoning was just the same.

The plot was incredibly unique, and even though it reminded me slightly of The Hunger Games near the start (an obvious comparison if you just look at the dystopia side of it) with people
Going into a story like this, it's bound to be compared to other books in this genre like, The Hunger Games and Divergent and I'd be lying if it didn't sometimes feel like those stories, and yet, Wilkinson still manages to make the Reckoning entirely his own.

I'm not really sure what I can say here plot-wise without giving something away. I think readers will want to learn all about this twisted, brutal and even disturbing world that Wilkinson has created. The storyline itself is fairly simple.
Lucy at Rain and Cupcakes Book Blog
eARC via NetGalley.

2.5 Stars.

Even though Dystopia novles have become quite popular these days, I have to say this genre isn't something I would normally read. However, since I've watched few Dystopia novels turn movies, and I liked the movies (I didn't read the books) I thought I would give it a go.

At age 16, each teens will have to take a test that will determine their place in the society. There are four levels: Elite, Member, Inter, and Trog. Then among these teens, they will also choose
**I received this book from NetGalley/St.Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Silver Blackthorn lives in the northern village of Martindale with her mother and younger brother Colt in what was once England. She is a bit of a free spirit, who doesn't necessary lock herself into societies expectations for her, and that is perfectly fine with me. She loves
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: requested, netgalley
I was engrossed in RECKONING from the first chapter. As in most Dystopian books the world of Silver Blackthorn is broken into 4 different classes of society. Then on top of that there is an Offering. A select few are chosen from each class to be an offering for King Victor. No one knows what being an offering entails and no one ever sees an offering again after they are whisked away but it is treated as a privilege and celebrated.

Silver is a easy to understand girl who just turned sixteen and
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book started really well by introducing us to the Reckoning, a coming of age test that determines to which caste the youth will belong to. The concept was familiar, as several dystopian books work with it, but I felt it was nicely done.

However, when Silver gets to the capital, as an Offering, the book slowed down, and I felt the dystopian aspect faded into the background, and the
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fans of Divergent and The hunger games
Shelves: 2016, dnf
I picked this book up on a whim as the premise was interesting. (Despite the ugly cover. She looks thirty not sixteen!)

I only made it fifty pages in, but it was enough to know I wasn't going to enjoy it. I disliked the way it was written, really stiff and formal. It reminded me of divergent, another book I didn't finish.

From the fifty pages, the plot and the writing style had a strong resemblance to The hunger games and Divergent mashed together. (So, if you like those books the maybe you'll
Cocktails and Books
3.5 Cocktails

I was a little worried when I got to the end of the story that I was wrong about some of the characters. The author had me at the edge of my seat. Good thing I have book 2 already on my Kindle because I don't think I would have been able to wait to see what happens next.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Reckoning is an interesting and oddly unique tale. I say this because throughout the book I kept recognising things that seemed to be pulled from other books. I saw elements from The Hunger Games, Matched, City of Ember and even Harry Potter and although I did enjoy the book overall, I had difficulty liking a book that seemed to borrow so many things.

Silver Blackthorn herself is one scary chick. There was a huge flaw in her creation, and that was her feelings or the lack of them. I did like her
So I went into this one seeing that it was a British-themed YA dystopian, and reading it, I was able to see that I wasn't wrong. (Funny thing - I actually picked up the second book in the series by accident at first, and then I had to take it back and wait for this first one to come in after ordering it.) Basically, it's exactly what I expected - a YA dystopian that mashes up elements of all the biggest hits of the genre (Hunger Games, Divergent, The Testing, Legend, etc.) in a post-apocalyptic ...more
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Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 crime bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Singapore. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten Birthdays, won the RNA award for Young Adult

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