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A Thousand Fires

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Shannon Price's A Thousand Fires is a breakout contemporary debut―think The Outsiders meets The Iliad―that's perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Veronica Roth.

10 Years. 3 Gangs. 1 Girl’s Epic Quest…

Valerie Simons knows the city's gang wars are dangerous—her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautif
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Zoe Yes, there are romantic relationships, and some explicit content, but nothing too graphic or overwhelming. (At least, that's my opinion.)…moreYes, there are romantic relationships, and some explicit content, but nothing too graphic or overwhelming. (At least, that's my opinion.)(less)
Shannon Price Nope, no fantasy or mystical elements (much as I tried to make them work in early drafts!). My next book, which comes out next year, is YA fantasy tho…moreNope, no fantasy or mystical elements (much as I tried to make them work in early drafts!). My next book, which comes out next year, is YA fantasy thought! (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
I'm somewhere between 3-3.5 stars on this one.

The idea of making a blended retelling of The Illiad and The Outsiders is creative, ambitious, and intriguing, and while I respect what the author created here, I think my preconceived notions gave me different expectations of what this would be. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, and the narrative felt a bit uneven and jarring, but I couldn't put this down! I'm a sucker for anything that involves gangs, and the author shows treme
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
The Outsiders meet The Iliad.

alana ♡
"My thoughts bleed with the reminder that I'm dancing with demons, flirting with the monsters."

WOW! I totally devoured this book. A Thousand Fires totally blew my expectations out of the water and I'm so happy I received a copy of this book otherwise I may have not even known it was releasing. Why is there not more hype around this?! This book is pitched as The Outsiders meets The Iliad so do with that knowledge what you will, but I was more invested in this because it reminded me of somethi
Dec 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: YA
I was excited to read this book. As a High&Low fan, I was intrigued to read about gang wars and a girl who has to navigate her way into them. However, the book didn't live up to its hype.

There were early signs that this book won't be what I was hoping it'll be. First of all, it was unclear whether this was a contemporary YA urban story or a fantasy dystopian story. The reason why the gangs came and took teenagers was unclear and it lost its illusion of momentum when it was clear that the gangs
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
I read this in one sitting! I definitely picked up more Romeo and Juliet vibes from this than expected, but the themes of the Iliad are evident throughout - the underlying story being an important one of privilege and gentrification set in San Francisco.
"You turn eighteen, and they find you. There is no other recruitment. Eighteen - old enough to have had your heart hardened, young enough that blood still passes through it. Not everyone is recruited, of course, but the gangs are smart.
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond.


Reading this book made me feel something that I don't often feel when I read a book: bewilderment.
This book was a wild ride from start to finish, and not in a good way unfortunately.

- Follows Valerie, a biracial Phillipino-American teen who joins San Franciso's gang wars so she can avenge her little brother.
- To start with the good stuff... I can see where Price was coming from with the themes of gentrification and violence, though I feel l
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: Filipino American mc with PTSD, non-white side characters, lesbian side character, side character with depression

CWs: self harm (graphic), ptsd, gun violence, gang violence, suicidal ideation and attempted suicide (side character), alcohol abuse, drug abuse, abusive relationship (not condemned, maybe even romanticised)

Galley provided by publisher

A few months back, I read Beth O’Leary’s The Flatmate and, in that, there’s an emotionally abusive ex boyfriend. Throughout a good c
I'm sad to say that I'm a bit disappointed with this one.

I had high expectations and they have not been met. The premise seemed too ambitious and the execution is lacking. Characters needed more development and fortunately enough the main character is not one of them. I would say that the best thing about the book had been the development of the main character. Besides that, I think this YA novel needs a bit more work.

However, I would say that this book is extremely fast-paced. The reader gets
Shannon Price
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
4/18/21 update from author: It was pointed out to me that the CWs aren't as visible as they could be, something I'm happy to correct: please visit and scroll to the bottom for a full list of CWs and share with others as needed. There are quite a few triggering topics in the book (it's inspired by a violent epic poem, after all), and I want readers to feel safe and supported going into the story. Thanks!

Edit: A THOUSAND FIRES is out now!! Thank you all for your
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

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Review: 4 Stars

A Thousand Fires was an absolutely incredible read that I found myself tearing right through. Books that are about criminals are my catnip, so I’m not surprised that I loved this book about gang wars in San Francisco. A Thousand Fires is marketed as a re-telling of The Illiad and while I never read The Illiad I know about it and I know a lot about Greek and Roman mythology. I had expected this book to have so
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Plot: yassssssssss
Cover: ...ehhhhhh...

Actual review:
This book should have been left with the title The Red Bridge Wars. It made sense. It was tied into the book and setting. The cover looks cheap and flat. They should've incorporated a stag with a tattoo or something.

I liked the end of this but the whole thing was destroyed by the awful and unnecessary romances. Everything was rushed through and I wasn't given enough time to get attached to anyone.
Actual review: 2/5

I really wanted to like this. Alas....

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Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was mind-blowingly good. I read it in one sitting and now I have the worst book hangover I’ve had in ages.
Marta Cox
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Ok I read the preview provided on Netgalley so was quite intrigued to see where this story would go. Essentially we have Valerie who dearly wants more than anything to find out which gang member killed her brother. Her chance to finally find out is crushed when instead of being offered a position with the Herons she suddenly finds herself taken by the Stags ! Not what Valerie wanted but their unpredictable leader offers to help her so Valerie leaves behind her safe world and enters one full of s ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I almost skipped over the book because of the cover, but luckily I decided to read the synopsis.  Do not skip over this.  After reading it, I get the cover more.  Still not my favorite, but it does fit.

I'm going to start this with some warnings.  I apologize if I missed anything.  There is cutting, a child's death, murder, gang wars, depression, talk of suicide, teens drinking, teens smoking pot, sex (but no details), control, revenge, rage (breaking things, etc).  It's a thriller that is a bit
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of A Thousand Fires through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A Thousand Fires is the debut novel of Shannon Price, and is a novel worth checking out. It's a modern-day retelling of The Iliad, with a touch of The Outsiders thrown into the mix. Naturally, that has a lot of readers more than a little bit curious about this one.
In a world where three gangs rule the land, everything is both familiar and dangerous. On your eighteenth birthday, you stand a chance
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing! I’m crying it was so good. It’s past my bedtime but I had to finish this.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
"that's all a person needs - someplace to spark the tinder of change and an audience to watch the flames."

I liked the idea of this - the gangs and the lands and worlds these kids live. Grabbed at 18 by a gang, you choose to join for 12 months and fight - or decline and go about your world. But things broke down pretty quickly from there. I'm not sure the benefit of joining the gang - why one gang full of "haves" still choose to lose some of their kids instead of sending them away to their expens
Mari Johnston
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: self-harm, PTSD, anxiety, nervous tics, suicide ideation, suicide attempt, gun violence, gang violence, grief, depression, descriptions of blood and wounds, death of a sibling, underage drinking, drug use, unhealthy eating habits

I’ve read some pretty incredible debuts this year and A Thousand Fires did not continue that good luck. Shannon Price has potential but she isn’t quite there yet.

We’re thrown pret
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
A Thousand Fires hooked me so fiercely with the first chapter. Then it lost me in chapter two with a line something like, "He was the hottest guy I'd ever seen." Le sigh. I hate writing reviews like this, so I'll endeavour to keep it short.

Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

First, a quick note about trigger warnings. There is self-harm, depression and potential suicidal moments. I have yet to see anything anywhere about these being in this book. I am not an individual who would be affected by th
Joanna Bennett
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a book I was really looking forward to reading. I was so excited to start it and the first few pages really draw you in. I felt like this was going to be a great read. Unfortunately, I ended up having some issues with it.

Let’s start with the characters. There were some I liked more than others which is usually how it goes. Valerie, the main character, is half Filipino, comes from a decent neighborhood, and is dealing with the loss of her younger brother. She blames herself for it and wa
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
Jul 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Tale Out Loud
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s-read
A Thousand Fires promised an impressive premise drawing inspiration from The Outsiders and The Iliad and strangely enough it actually delivered quite well on this, without being too obvious or overplayed. Full disclosure, I haven't read The Outsiders so I could only judge the inspiration from The Iliad and I gotta say ... I'm not mad.

CW: self harm, death (and can I say I'm so happy the author wrote CW's herself and published them on her website)

We are wild, neon-blooded devils as we go into the
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! That one chapter has me absolutely, positively hooked and wanting more! A Thousand Fires has great potential and I look forward to reading it in its entirety. I can already tell that it will be full of twists and some unexpected surprises. It had a little West Side Story combined with Divergent vibe going on within that first chapter. That feel may change as the reader gets further into the book, but that was my initial impression. to wait until the book releases in November...

Anna Bright
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i. don't have words for how much i adored this one. i'm so endlessly impressed with shannon's talent-- the pacing gallops, the characters are ferocious and sharp, and the plot and emotional stakes of the iliad transfer so well to a gang war on the streets of san francisco, which is obviously IRL the site of a lot of socioeconomic tension. i can't wait to see what shannon follows this up with. ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once I picked this up, it was nearly impossible to stop reading. Val is one of those main characters that is easy to get attached to; readers will find themselves wanting to defend her honor even if they don't necessarily agree with the way that Val has chosen to defend her own honor. ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
When love hangs in the balance, where will your loyalties lie?

After her brother is killed by one of the city's games, The Boars, Valerie wants nothing more than to avenge his death. Once she turns eighteen, she manages to join The Stags, who promised to help her and asked her revenge. They reveal deeply guarded secrets about the gangs of San Francisco that could change everything. However, Valerie's heart is swayed by the call of her first love who offers another way out, but happens to belong
Emily G
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I was initially fascinated and drawn in by the plot of this book - a reimagining of the Iliad is an amazing concept. Unfortunately, however, the writing and the characters didn’t quite make the mark for me. I found character traits and plot progression to be a little forced - felt a lot more like tell than show.

While this book might not have been for me, I think the author does show a lot of promise and I’d be interested in checking out more from her in the future.
Surbhi Das
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads, arc-2019
I am having one bad streak after another with ARCs these past few months and the latest addition is obviously A Thousand Fires!

Right, where do I begin? A Thousand Fires is supposed to be a retelling of the The Iliad and to be honest, I haven't read The Illiad therefore my point of context is completely negligible. However, the reason that this book didn't work out for me is because, it seemed interesting to begin with but by the time I was done reading it I realised I wanted more from this story
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gang wars, revenge, and volatile leaders?  As a Sons of Anarchy fan, I couldn't wait to read this (even though the gangs aren't MCs).

First, let me say that it took enormous effort on my part to put down my Kindle while reading this - I was riveted.  Valerie losing her younger brother is a tragic story, and her warring emotions are well-portrayed.  Important topics such as depression, cutting, and talk of suicide are also addressed.  While much of this book is very dark, having a supportive circl
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