City of Fate by Nicola Pierce


Published: February 2014
Publisher: The O'Brien Press
Format: Paperback

A review copy was provided by The O'Brien Press in return for an honest review.

If you read the blog regularly you'll know I don't read a lot of YA. It's not a case of snobbery. More a case of me feeling I cant really connect with the story or the characters. This was not the case here.

I love when YA books take on more difficult subjects like this. I hope that doesn't sound condescending because its not meant to be. I just feel that contemporary YA strikes more of a cord with me than fantasy or paranormal based YA. 

City of Fate is a story of we all deal with change, loss and our own (often flawed) perception of others. We meet Anton, Vlad and Leo as they are reluctantly led by their teacher to sign up to fight for their country. Like a hangman leading a prisoner to the noose he watches young boys (mere children really) sign what are, essentially their own death warrants. 

Feeling the need to appear braver than the masses Anton immediately takes the lead. Although he initially appears boorish and cocky he actually becomes the rock of the group, the voice of reason in chaos and the most courageous in times of fear. He turned out to be one of my favourite characters in the book .

On the other side of the city Yuri and Peter are alone in the world. They survive day by day on the scraps of war. They meet Tanya, a brave young woman who is determined to see life after this horrendous war that has torn her beloved city apart. Tanya is a completely selfless person she works, cares for her mother and thinks nothing of taking on two more mouths to feed. 

In this time of vulnerability they are all called to fulfil roles usually required by those beyond their years

Every character in City of Fate are is confronted by their own prejudices. They see themselves reflected in the actions of the "enemy" and they begin to see war in its simplest form: humans killing other humans. 

 The two groups meet in a heartbreaking conclusion in which there are no winners, only losers.

I don't want to stifle the reach of this book by saying it's perfect for younger readers because it really will appeal to readers of all ages. 

In conclusion City of Fate is an emotional story about what really makes us human. 

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

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1 comment:

  1. I'm delighted you liked this one. I'm hoping to read it this weekend! Fab review!


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