|The Winner's Curse|
by Marie Rutkoski
"Winning what you want may cost you everything you love".
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart."
This is the last of my summer forgot-to-blog-at-the-time books. I remember that it took me forever to read this one, and that is usually not a good sign, especially since I read several others at the same time. Maybe it would have been better if I had read it straight through, but I was pretty bored during most of it. I ended up enjoying it, but it definitely didn't bowl me over. However, it was clean and it has a GoodReads rating of 4.07, so I'm obviously in the minority. I think teenagers will really like it.
Areas of concern:
The whole plot deals with conquering neighboring countries and enslaving them.
I don't remember any bad language or sexual situations.
Kirkus Reviews - Ages 12-18
Publisher's Weekly - Ages 12+