Something different is going to happen today. These were the words that kept me flipping the pages. I was curious of what will be revealed along the way. Indeed, HW Vivian never failed to amaze me since every chapter is worth reading. I honestly found myself getting lost in the story since I was really drowned into it.
This is a book about survival and determination. A young girl, Miri, is from Boreala where her people are known as Rain- gatherers. For these people, rain is their life. Rain is everything to them. It is a kind of highly purified frozen water that is gathered from a cave and can only be melted for consumption through prayer. Borealans make their daily pilgrimages to the cave in order to collect rain and trade it with other nearby villages in exchange of pottery or woodwork tools. But their usual pilgrimage is quite dangerous since they might be attacked by Barbarians who believed that no one owns the rain. These Barbarians are war-like group from the city of Stratos that does not know how to pray to liquefy the rain but still hoards it.
The conflict begins when Borleans’ rain-gathering caravan was attacked by Barbarians. Miri killed one of the Barbarians in order to defend her friend. This scene sparked the war between Stratos and Boreala. Now, is this already what they meant about, something different is going to happen today?
I do not want to be a spoiler of this awesome book! But just to give you an assurance that this is a must- read book, you will see a lot of character growth throughout the book that will make it thought- provoking and entertaining. It highlights the importance of prayer, faith as well as science which can actually be seen in some of the significant lines such as the one from Lucas. He said, “Faith is believing that something greater than ourselves dwells in this world, even if it is not visible”.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend this to young adults especially to those who appreciate the art of war. This book would make them feel the true essence and spirit of war.
** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**
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