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We Rule the Night

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  834 ratings  ·  249 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
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.

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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 These women flew outdated training planes over the front lines at night.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)
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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 ...more
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I know I have a reputation for being a "Meanie McMeanerson" when it comes to book reviews, but honestly that's because my most popular reviews are all my negative ones! I wish my positive reviews were more popular because I'd really like to showcase the ones that wowed or surprised me-- case in point, this book. I almost didn't apply for WE RULE THE NIGHT because that breathless summary sound so much like many of the other Basic Girl YA
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.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. A cool alt-world story that takes the amazing Russian, female pilots of WWII, known by the Germans as Night Witches, as its inspiration.
Claire Eliza Bartlett gives us a story about young women who join the war effort and are trained as pilots. Except these planes are made of "living" metal, and are empathic, so each team of women (pilot and navigator) assigned to a plane must actually work in harmony, instead of just being colleagues.
Revna and Linné are assigned together, and
♠ TABI ♠
Apr 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
DNF @ p.67 until a later date when I can focus better on this book that needs more brain cells than I'm willing to give it now.
Adah Udechukwu
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
We Rule the Night was a bit interesting but I expected more.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, young-adult
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
Allison C
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-arcs
I like the story but it can get really boring at times.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Union of the North is at war with the Elda, in a brutal conflict that's roughly analogous to WWII. Revna works in a factory as a second-class citizen because her father is serving a life sentence as a traitor. When she's caught using a type of magic forbidden in he Union she fears that she'll join him, but instead she's recruited into a fledgling squadron of female air-crews. Linné is the daughter of a Union general, and for the last three years she's been enlisted as an infantryman in the ...more
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 ...more
Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn
Ok, I'm still pondering this one....but I think I liked it? I wasn't expecting to because as usual I've been so disappointed by YA fantasies with pretty covers. Plus, a debut YA author no less? Yikes. Surely this is going to be some terribly written tripe with a yawn-worthy forced romance. wasn't? There's going to be a lot of question marks in this review because I still can't quite believe it wasn't awful...?

The gist is that in this world there's at least a few magic-like elements:
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, owned
Really redeemed itself in the second half. I had a surprisingly fun time with this, gradually coming to love these girls. This book is the opposite of girl hate. Also, the writing is excellent. Highly recommend, can’t wait for the sequel.

4/5 stars.

12/10/19: So I discovered that there might not be a sequel coming out and I'm scared. I loved this - I want more of these amazing girl soldiers! I guess with Five Feet Apart, Wilder Girls, The Kingdom, and now this, open endings are just coming back
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, own
Two girls told how they should behave and what they're worth. Two girls who say two hell with the stereotypes and do what's forbidden anyway. Revna was a factory worker, until the fateful night she used the illegal weave magic to save her life. Linne has been fighting as an infantry solider for months, until her secret is found out. When the two girls are faced with death/imprisonment or joining the all female flight squad, they know there's only one right option.

This was such a dark and gritty
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
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
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
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

Okay so I get the comparison to Code Name Verity but I'm totally failing to understand the Shadow and Bone comparison.

I really liked that we got a main character who was physically disabled. She's very independent, genuine, smart, capable and so damn strong. She was easily my favourite of all the characters. It took me some time to not hate the other main character who was pretty ignorant and rude for the book (no matter the justifications given).

I found the world building and political
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
3.2 Out Of 5 STARS

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A Different Kind of Magic but Confusing
A War Between Nations
Girl Power

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๏ My Thoughts ๏

This will appeal to many out there who are tired of the special snowflakes in fantasy novels but still crave strong female characters and the ones who don't care for any romance or info-dumping. This is a character-driven steampunk fantasy that centers on female relationships and the trials of war with an interesting but
this isn't a war book. not in way we normally see in YA fiction, in which an ordinary girl saves the world.

it is, though, about war. about war, and sacrifices, and friendship, and reality, and loss.

the good:
- disability rep which i can't judge properly, but seemed really well-done
- the magic system is incredibly creative
- russian setting inspired by the soviet union
- enemies-to-lovers-except-they-just-become-friends
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
So this isn't wlw. Just getting that out of the way.

I'm still trying to decide if I would classify this as queerbaiting. The blurb alone doesn't imply anything either way, but the character development almost tricked me into thinking there would be a romance. It's almost as if this was written as a romance and then edited to take out anything blatantly romantic, leaving us with an enemies-to-friends relationship that's just a bit touchy-feely.

I mostly wish the relationship between the two MCs
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
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
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, 2019
So the description of the book sounds awesome. Fierce females who can use magic conducting air raids at night? Amazing. I was here for it. I was ready for them all to show the men in the book constantly telling them they're not good enough that women can do anything, and that them 'distracting' the men was just an excuse crafted by men with bruised egos to get them off the war base.

But honestly, that part of the plot didn't even happen until maybe 50% into the book. It took forever for the story
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.
Krystal Gibson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-magic
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