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We Rule the Night

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lin
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Claire Bartlett Thank you for your question Lillian! And thank you for your compliment on the title, we agonized over it.

In November 2014 I began hearing things…more
Thank you for your question Lillian! And thank you for your compliment on the title, we agonized over it.

In November 2014 I began hearing things about the Night Witches, a Night Bombing regiment composed entirely of women, created in Russia during WWII. These women flew outdated training planes over the front lines at night. They often bombed strategic targets, but sometimes they flew supplies and even soldiers to their own troops.

If you'd like to read more about them, I highly recommend 'A Dance with Death' by Anne Noggle, or 'Wings, Women and War by Reina Pennington.(less)
Claire Bartlett Thank you for your question!

I loved listening to the sountrack for AGENT CARTER while I was drafting. I wanted something fun and a little dieselpunk.…more
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I loved listening to the sountrack for AGENT CARTER while I was drafting. I wanted something fun and a little dieselpunk. In general, I love drafting to soundtracks, they're often so emotional.(less)
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Aug 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
if this isn’t gay, it’s fake
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
it seems like we're going ✈ broke this year with all these great releases
Vicky Who Reads
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

We Rule the Night completely caught me off guard with its immersive world and narrative of fierce women.

I wasn’t sure how I’d react to the wartime fantasy setting, but I love how Bartlett used it to point out the flaws both in this world and our real world. This is a very understated book though, despite the action and adventure occurring. I honestly don’t think a lot of people will like it (the most common complaint will probably be “too slow”), but I really really enjoyed.

This is one
Ayla Cato
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What this book is NOT about:
- Big scale plot
- Saving the world
- Romance
- Special Snowflakes
- Magic system you're used to

What this book is about:
- Friendship
- Female empowerment
- Reality, light and dark
- Obstacles
- Loss
- The power of will
- Different mindsets and personalities
- Living with prosthetics
- A dash of magic with a big impact, which I found very unique

If you're looking forward a the-world-revolves-around-me protagonist who must save the world and yada yada, then you'll be disappointed. T
Allison C
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-arcs
I like the story but it can get really boring at times.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
I read this book in an afternoon, and when I finished, I was so conflicted with how I felt about the book. I wasn’t sure if just liked it or loved it. This was one of those books that I needed to digest what I read before I could even give it a rating.

From start to finish, this story is chock full of non-stop action. The story opens with Revna and the other factory workers desperately trying to escape to the underground shelters as Tammin is under siege from enemy planes. The problem is that Re
Kelly Coon
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fierce. Feminist. Fearless. I loved, loved, loved WE RULE THE NIGHT. I want to BE a fighter pilot in this book. It recounts the tale of Revna, a traitor's daughter with prosthetic (living metal, omg) legs and Linee, the governor's daughter who dresses like a boy to get into the army. They couldn't be more different. Revna, afraid that she's a curse to her family, wants to keep her mother and sister safe, to provide for them because her father is gone, and Linee, closed off from her emotions so s ...more
Adah Udechukwu
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
We Rule the Night was a bit interesting but I expected more.
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m loving all of the books coming out lately that are inspired by lesser known parts of history! We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett is a YA fantasy that was inspired by the women who flew for the Soviet Union’s 588th Night Bomber regiment.

This one was a pretty quick read that was full of brave women and interesting magic. While I wish the magic system had been described a bit better, the concept was so fascinating. I particularly liked the living metal and how the connection between pi
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, holy hell, this book. Never in my life did I think that I'd read a book so bleak, and so maddening, and love it so damn much. I don't know know what kind of magic Clarie Eliza Bartlett wove to create this story, but it worked. Oh, it worked. Strap yourself in for some rambling, my friends, because that's all I know how to do at this point.

Look, I'm all for likable characters. It's nice when the MC is sweet, or snarky, or any manner of traits that are easy to connect with. Linne is not that c
Kalyn Josephson
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE the magic system in this book. Living metal (it’s so cool!), the Weave, hot and cold spark—they’re all parts of the same whole, which Claire does a fantastic job of working into the character’s daily lives. Everything about the world is wonderfully fleshed out, which is one of the many things I really liked about the book.

After the great worldbuilding, I’d have to say my other favorite part was the characters. Revna is strong, brave, and determined. Linne is coarse and fierce
♠️ Tabi ♠️
Apr 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
Magic and planes???


Also hello, hello, hellooooooooo pretty cover. My name's Tabi. Whatchu doing later?? xD
K.A. Doore
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Two girls from entirely different backgrounds, with entirely different motives, and entirely different personalities must fly a plane together.

What could possibly go wrong?

While on the surface this is a story about two girls who hate each other but are forced to work together, just beneath that surface you'll find another story: one about girls working together, girls in all their many shapes & flavors & sizes being strong as only they can be; one about earned trust, blind faith, and exp
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
There were so many things that I loved about this book. I HATE that I can’t share all my thoughts because then I’d give too much away and I definitely don’t want to spoil this book for you. This book wrecked me. I was distressed and had so many emotions and I was not prepared, especially for that ending. I really hope that a second book comes from this because I need more of this story.
We Rule the Night releases April 2, 2019. This is one that I HIGHLY recommend. It’s got magic, war, intrigue,
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure many people will love this book for the magical elements, but for me, it was the realistic elements that absolutely hooked me. I loved the strong female leads, their messy friendship, and the details of life in a male-dominated military. Plot-wise, the story is fast-paced and full of action. Fans of YA fantasy will surely love this, and it should also appeal to fans of YA historicals like Gwen Katz' AMONG THE RED STARS (about the Night Witches in WWII).
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
The Elda have nearly breached the defenses of the Union—but now the Union has flying machines of their own, and they are using women to pilot them. Revna and Linné come from very different backgrounds and must try to set aside their differences if they want to continue flying...and to survive.

This was a really unique take on the Night Witches. For one, there's magic instead of technology, and living metal that has feelings and emotions, along with telepathy, shapeshifting and strange magic that
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This one's tough. I think the premise is strong and interesting - living metal that reacts to the emotions and spirits of those who use it. But I found a lot of the flying formations/happenings hard to imagine and the whole middle bit of the book is extremely slow.

More could have been done with the Skarov secret information agents too. Overall the book had strong characters but kind of a weak plot.
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When I jumped into this book, I was a little put off at first. The beginning seemed a little slow but that was because the author was setting the world up, introducing us to the characters...setting the stage so to speak. The story quickly picks up though and for sure does not disappoint. And what a story it is, complete with incredibly strong female characters. Despite the blatant sexism and struggles they face, they stand tall and do what the
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
We Rule The Night started off a bit slow for me, but the story really picked up.  I expected a bit more magic and less war training, but it was so good. 

Revna works in a factory.  Her father was arrested for making her prosthetic legs.  It was considered treason to take leftover metal.  The Union had a lot of rules and one of the main ones was that using magic was illegal.  Revna used the weave and was caught one day.  Instead of being arrested, she was brought to be a flier in a new part of The
Jennie Shaw
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely flew through WE RULE THE NIGHT. Yes, that’s obvious and not terribly creative wordplay, but nonetheless true. A fiercely consumable combination of action-packed and emotionally-charged scenes, there was never a good moment to take a break, so goodbye weekend adulting activities and hello to eating cereal for three consecutive meals because my sole priority was finding out what Revna and Linné did next.

Forced to enter a world where she didn't excel after her previous successes were
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
* Thank you to HBG Canada for an advanced reader copy, in exchange for my honest opinion *

This novel was very different than I expected, and had a much stronger feminism representation than I thought it would - BUT that aspect was written very well. Female empowerment was a strong element of the story, and both Linne and Revna are strong believers in this notion. As their all-female military unit prepares to fly in the war for the first time, betrayal, secrets, and conflict occur, but nothing wi
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
This was not the book that I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a hate to love story with two girls and them coming together to be badasses. What I got was a whole bunch of girls going through military training and being catty towards each other. All they did was argue and talk about each other behind their backs. But don't worry the men were just as bad. I don't think that there was a single guy in this book that did say something horrible about women or just straight up hate them.

I d
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't lie, I was first drawn to We Rule the Night because of the absolute stunning cover with this fiery bird - reminiscent of what some of the girls call their planes. But what ended up keeping my attention was the friendships between the girls and the characters themselves. Told from both Revna and Linné's point of views, we are able to really dive into their thoughts - experience their nightmares, doubts, and fears. 

(I can't speak to the disabled rep, because I'm not an ownvoices reviewer f
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this was great.
But this cannot be the end.
I do not accept.
Ummm there needs to be a sequel. Like literally nothing was solved!
But based solely on my experience with this book it was goooooood.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
2 stars

I struggled with this one. It took me a long time to get through it because there was so much information but not enough at the same time. I had high hopes but was disappointed.


Thank you to The Novl and Little Brown for the arc!!
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m sure others will enjoy this one immensely, it just wasn’t for me.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was more of a 3.5 rating.
It took me awhile to get into and understand the world of this book. I initially thought it was more of a straightforward WWII Soviet night witch flyers with an overlay of magic. Instead, Countries were made up but based on Soviets and Germans (the Elda), and interrogation and traitor practices seemed aligned. But it wasn’t just manipulation of magic, there were types of magic one can use manipulating the Weave, strands of magic cross crossing the world. Spark magic
Karyn Silverman
The comps on the arc are unexpectedly accurate (Code Name Verity meets the Grishaverse), and it’s really good. And no romance!
Lillian Clark
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I count myself exceedingly lucky to have been able to read an early copy of this book. The writing is lush and evocative. The world-building is atmospheric and immersive. The main characters, Revna and Linne, are incredibly strong and complex, both in their own unique ways. And with its cast of capable female characters, this is a story I wish I could take back in time and give to my teenage self. Though the universe is fictional, these young women navigate deeply realistic hurtles and inequalit ...more
Addie Thorley
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored every second of this breathtaking book! The world building blew me away. Bartlett's gritty, war-torn world feels slightly reminiscent of WWII while still being completely fresh and original. The magic system is SO unique and inventive, between the spark and weave and (my favorite) living metal. And the CHARACTERS!! Gahhhh I loved Revna and Linne so much. Their stakes and motivation are so personal--you can't help but root for them. And as polar opposites, I especially loved how they dem ...more
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