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In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does. Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Pris In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does. Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him. Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny. With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.


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In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does. Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Pris In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does. Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him. Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny. With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

30 review for The Raging Ones

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becca Ritchie

    This book has our heart & soul, and we're so incredibly grateful that Wednesday Books, our editor, and agent, took a chance on this sci-fi/fantasy romance. Our writing is a bit raw, a bit visceral, and we can't wait for all of you to feel what Court, Mykal, and Franny feel. Publishing a YA novel has been our childhood dream, and after almost a decade worth of trying to get one published, it's finally happening: 8.14.18 -- thank you all for the support & love. It's meant so much to us! AB This book has our heart & soul, and we're so incredibly grateful that Wednesday Books, our editor, and agent, took a chance on this sci-fi/fantasy romance. Our writing is a bit raw, a bit visceral, and we can't wait for all of you to feel what Court, Mykal, and Franny feel. Publishing a YA novel has been our childhood dream, and after almost a decade worth of trying to get one published, it's finally happening: 8.14.18 -- thank you all for the support & love. It's meant so much to us! ABOUT THE BOOK: THE RAGING ONES takes place in a world in which everyone knows the day they're going to die. There are 3 POVs, and each of the three main characters are connected by their emotions & three senses (touch, taste, smell). Think Sense8 meets Gattaca <3 P.S. if you're a romance reader and aren't sure about reading a sci-fi/fantasy, this one has a big romance, and all the characters are the central focus. If you love our writing, you'll most likely love this ;) PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE: The Raging Ones

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    The Raging Ones, by Krista & Becca Ritchie, is the first book in a new YA-scifi duology that clobbered me over the head and left me for dead. Seriously though, WOW, I was so impressed with this book. This story had everything I desire, i.e. complex characters, intriguing plot, a competition element and phenomenal world-building. I don’t even know where to begin with this so will start with the basics: The year is 3525 on a harsh, frozen planet where society is divided into a type of caste sys The Raging Ones, by Krista & Becca Ritchie, is the first book in a new YA-scifi duology that clobbered me over the head and left me for dead. Seriously though, WOW, I was so impressed with this book. This story had everything I desire, i.e. complex characters, intriguing plot, a competition element and phenomenal world-building. I don’t even know where to begin with this so will start with the basics: The year is 3525 on a harsh, frozen planet where society is divided into a type of caste system based on how long you will live. How is this possible, you ask? Well, in this world, every baby has a simple test performed that tells the exact day they are going to die. As you can imagine, this extinguishes plenty of fear in the world because you can take risks and know that you will not die from them (unless it is your death day). However, it also extinguishes a lot of hope as well since you know it can never be changed. People accept the social structure and focus more on just surviving in such a severe environment. The story focuses on three main characters and we follow each of their perspectives along the way. There is Franny Bluecastle, an impulsive and hard-edged Fast Tracker (death days between the ages of 13 – 29) girl who we first meet the day before her impending death day. Court Icecastle is a tough, well-educated ‘thief’ who has a hidden and mysterious past. Lastly, Mykal Kickfall, who is a sweet baby cinnamon roll who hails from the North and was a hunter/warrior prior to falling in with Court. Court and Mykal are drawn to Franny just after she survives her death day and the drama takes off from there. Our three main characters are linked, you discover this early on, not just in the fact that they are the only known individuals to ‘survive’ their death days but also mentally and physically. They have a bond that is unlike anything I have ever read before. It is hard to describe because it is really more of a feeling than anything – they share senses, quite literally. I know what you’re thinking…two boys, one girl, classic set up for a love triangle. Nope. Stop right there. This is NOT that book. This is not who will she choose, who will he choose. There is LOVE but not THAT kind of love. The foundation of this relationship is M/M. Mykal and Court have an incredibly deep, unbreakable bond that goes beyond anything that you would typically find in a ‘romance’ story. Franny does become a part of this but not in a third wheel, add-on, aggressive sort of way. The dynamic between the three is equal and all-consuming and I (a non-romantic) absolutely cherished every moment of it. As a trio, Franny, Mykal and Court enroll to compete for the chance to become employed by StarDust (think NASA meets NSA) and hopefully get one of 5-coveted slots for the Saga-5 Mission. Essentially a space mission, the first in this society for over 300-years. Franny, Mykal and Court make it through enrollment and become three of 1,024 people competing for these spots. They live in dormitories, they have rivalries, they compete in challenges and undergo training on flying space ships, surviving in zero-G environments, etc. This part of the story gave me life! I absolutely love competition/training elements in books – it is one of my all time favorite tropes in YA and this one was so well done. We meet a great cast of side characters and learn more about the world overall through their interactions with our MCs. I am a big fan of science-fiction books and particularly YA-scifi. I read a lot of them. This one impressed me because it felt very true to the genre without weighing you down in science jargon that would make the story unattractive to the masses. They kept the mysterious, dark, smart scifi feel without making it too snobby nerdy -does this make sense? I mean, I am a nerd, I will be the first to admit that, but I like my scifi to have the power to enthrall all types of people – nerd or not. I loved so many things about this book, I know as soon as I publish this review I will think of 50 more things I should have mentioned. This storyline to me was so unique and the characters were so well fleshed out, I am going to be thinking about this one for a long time to come. Which makes me think…how long until the next book? That ending…honestly, I don’t know how I am going to live with this cliffhanger! It blew my mind the end of this book. I cannot wait for my book friends to read this so I can discuss with somebody! Please let that be you – If you haven’t already, please add this book to your TBR – you won’t regret it! These authors, Krista and Becca (identical twins by the way – how cool is that?) deserve a big round of applause! That they came up with this, through a collaboration, is just so significant and I think demonstrative of their level of talent. I am really looking forward to progressing with this series! Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing me with an early review copy of this book. It is, so far, my favorite read of 2018 and I just had such a wonderful time with it and providing my thoughts and opinions. I appreciate the opportunity! Initial Reaction: OH MY STARS!!! THIS BOOK! What did I just read? So good. Full review to come...please stay tuned! Original: Starting this in the next couple of days and I am so EXCITED. Participating in the blog tour for this one so will post my full review on Monday, August 13th. The premise of this sounds exactly like what I need in my life right now!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Hi, sorry but where is the next book? As my 3 year old says, "I need it lasterday!" Wow, this was really spectacular. After a long dry spell of reading that left me feeling underwhelmed for the first 4 months of the year, I've hit a slew of excellent reads, all in a row. Every review I've read discussed an unexpected twist at the end, so I was both nervous and excited to find out just what that was, but I'll save discussing that until later in the review. Right now, I want to hit on why I loved t Hi, sorry but where is the next book? As my 3 year old says, "I need it lasterday!" Wow, this was really spectacular. After a long dry spell of reading that left me feeling underwhelmed for the first 4 months of the year, I've hit a slew of excellent reads, all in a row. Every review I've read discussed an unexpected twist at the end, so I was both nervous and excited to find out just what that was, but I'll save discussing that until later in the review. Right now, I want to hit on why I loved the rest of the book so much. The plot here is just so fresh and unique. I haven't read any of the Ritchie sisters' previous novels, so I have nothing to compare this book to, but from what I can tell this is new ground that they are covering as their previous novels are romance related. YA Sci-Fi can be a hit or miss for me; I either love it or I hate it. The reason this one was so great for me is very much the same reason that might make it not so enjoyable for other readers; instead of us receiving a massive info dump at the beginning of the book before the plot really takes off, we jump right into the story and receive information about this alternate universe as we go. It does take the world-building aspect in a new direction and leaves the reader in the dark for a good portion of the novel, but this filled me with a sense of suspense that I usually find lacking in this particular genre. There's a very good reason as to why this is done, and if you can hang on for the ride, I think you'll find the pay off is worth the initial bizarre storytelling technique. I really love the characters here as well. I was so certain this was going to be another *gasp* cheesy love triangle, but... it wasn't. In fact, these characters are taken in an entirely different direction than I expected and was pleasantly surprised by how the personal relationships between them developed. There's a lot of emotion infused in the story, and it's thought provoking themes gripped me just as thoroughly as the action and suspense sequences. Throw that in with the completely unexpected twist on the final page and my jaw hit the floor. I was at a 4 star rating throughout the entire novel until that last twist, and I felt I couldn't give The Raging Ones anything less than 5 stars after being so fabulously duped. And that's all I'll say about that, MMKK? If you enjoy YA Sci-Fi but are tired of the same plots and tropes being used, give this one a try. I picked this up on a whim last night and read it in one sitting; I didn't even have a chance to add it to my currently reading shelf because I blew through it so quickly. Just go in knowing that you'll be desperately salivating for the next book because DANG IT THAT CLIFFHANGER!!! *I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    shady boots | #WatchPOSE

    Thank you to NetGalley & Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC of this book. When I started this, I had pretty low expectations. I read the premise and my love triangle senses started tingling. The average YA book would do that when there are three main characters--two male and one female. The average YA book would make the female character torn between the two hot guys vying for her affection, and the males are only there to be each other's rivals because their only purposes are to be love i Thank you to NetGalley & Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC of this book. When I started this, I had pretty low expectations. I read the premise and my love triangle senses started tingling. The average YA book would do that when there are three main characters--two male and one female. The average YA book would make the female character torn between the two hot guys vying for her affection, and the males are only there to be each other's rivals because their only purposes are to be love interests and nothing more. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when this book took that godawful trope and flipped it on its head. Right off the bat, the two male protagonists, Court and Mykal, already have a deep established bond, and their intimacy and sexual tension is immediately noticeable. At first I thought, "Oh this won't last, the girl is eventually gonna come between them or something." However I was yet again pleasantly surprised that the girl, Franny, is there solely as a friend and companion for these two. She was never whiny or seething with jealousy over Court and Mykal's bond, she was very chill about it and even felt like she was intruding at times. The connection between these three I found very believable and sweet, and I just have to give props to the authors for how unique their dynamic is. In all the YA books I've ever read, I can't say I've ever seen an M/M/F relationship between protagonists where the two males are the ones romantically involved and the female is perfectly content with being their friend. This was probably one of the aspects of this book that I enjoyed the most. The romance isn't the driving force of the story though, which I also appreciated. But yes, to reiterate in case any of you were still unsure, this book is 100% GAY. No room for doubts, the main romance is M/M. If you want to stop reading this review and go request it on NetGalley right away just on that alone, I don't blame you. :p But if you're interested to know more, keep reading. I also really liked the world that these authors built, although I have so many questions swirling around in my brain that I'm sincerely hoping will be answered in the sequel. The world of this book has a pretty striking aesthetic; covered in snow and with a lilac sky. I can't deny how cool it was to visualize in my head. I also thought the class system that was established made sense as well. People are segregated based on their predetermined deathdays; Babes are those who die as children, Fast-Trackers are those who die as teens or in young adulthood, and Influentials are those who have long lives. Fast-Trackers basically have M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" as the soundtrack to their lives, because they live fast and die young, so they're mostly the quote unquote "deadbeats" of society; drug addicts, homeless, thieves, etc. They're only qualified to do low-wage jobs and laborious work, since they're not provided education. As opposed to Influentials, whom education is a priority because society believes them to be beneficial for the future due to their long lifespans. All of this makes logical sense and is pretty well thought-out. For the most part. I hesitate to give this book a full five star rating because sometimes I just felt like certain things were a little all over the place. Like, I thought the entire book was going to build up to explaining how these three dodged their deathdays, what's the deal with their mysterious connection, but I didn't really get enough of that. Hell, they never even explained how deathdays are even determined in the first place. Basically, they barely explain anything, so since they never really got into detail about this stuff, the cliffhanger ending just left me scratching my head. There was just so much new info being vaguely delivered all at once and it was a LOT to process. Perhaps that's what the authors intended, to build up hype for the next one, but I wish I had the sequel in my hands right now just so I could get some actual answers, goddammit. I have some other nitpicks too, like I thought the character names in the book were a little ridiculous, and the original lingo and swear words did make me roll my eyes a couple of times since it's rare for YA books to do this in a non-cringey way. But for the most part this was a highly enjoyable read, very fast-paced with likable characters and an intriguing world. It's just the lack of clear answers that sort of disappointed me in the end, but it's something I hope the sequel can remedy. Honestly, I would suggest waiting until the second book is closer to release before picking this one up. The fact that this one technically isn't even out yet at the time of this review will just make the wait more painful for me. RIP.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    The Raging Ones ★ Most Anticipated 2018 Expected publication: 2018 _____________ Stop whatever you are doing. *ahem* - Everybody knows the bloody day they will die. - Fantasy, baby. - Possible Love Triangle - Krista and Becca 'we own your asses' Ritchie are coming at us. - With a fucking Young Adult novel - That sounds like a killer already. Continue.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser

    Review also found at: https://dustoffyourmachalo.wordpress.... "Lives are not something to be saved. Not when we know the day everyone dies." Thank you Wednesday Books and Netgalley for providing the eARC to read and review. Court Icecastle grew up privileged but became a criminal and escaped from Vorkter Prison. Mykal Kickfall is a young man who believes in love from the icy and remote Grenpale. Franny Bluecastle is a Fast Tracker who does drugs, enjoys sex, and has been driving Purple Cars since s Review also found at: https://dustoffyourmachalo.wordpress.... "Lives are not something to be saved. Not when we know the day everyone dies." Thank you Wednesday Books and Netgalley for providing the eARC to read and review. Court Icecastle grew up privileged but became a criminal and escaped from Vorkter Prison. Mykal Kickfall is a young man who believes in love from the icy and remote Grenpale. Franny Bluecastle is a Fast Tracker who does drugs, enjoys sex, and has been driving Purple Cars since she was about eight years old. What do the three have in common? They all lived past their death day, and now they are hiding because people aren’t supposed to live past their death day. The story takes place on a world like ours, but it is called Saltare-3. There are five planets in this solar system. Saltare-3 suffered a cataclysm called the Great Freeze of 2501 that environmentally devastated the planet. Technology was forgotten, while scientists spent time trying to find ways to innovate agriculture. Society was fractured into three castes: Influentials (those whose death days won’t come until they are elderly), Fast Trackers (those who will die in early adulthood), and Babes (those who will die as children). The Influentials are the elite; the ones who get the best jobs, have the most money, and are treated the best. Court, Franny, and Mykal become bonded and compete for a chance to be part of StarDust’s Saga 5 Mission to explore space. They must fake their identities and live among Influentials. So, this book does end on a horrible cliffhanger, but thankfully, the story will continue. I wasn’t sure if this was a stand-alone until I saw that it was listed as book one. Whew. I need to know what happens next! There were a few sections in the first third of the book that were a little bumpy pacing-wise, but the ending was spectacular. My only “complaint” is the villain was almost unnecessary. I don’t think the story would have suffered from leaving him out entirely.? My favorite character ended up being Mykal. I heart him. The romance is M/M, but there was one point I was almost thinking it would be the three of them and that would have been pretty awesome and unexpected. The POV is told from the three main characters. I really liked this! It was fun and had dystopian/sci-fi vibes all over. There is a lot more I could say about this book, but I don't want to spoil anything. I am looking forward to seeing more from this world!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lily ☁️

    Apparently, I won’t have to quit Goodreads and swear off books, after all. (rtc) * I can’t even put into words how excited I am to have received an ARC of The Raging Ones, which was written by two of my favorite authors, who, incidentally, also sent me the first ARC I ever received that made it on to my favorites shelf!! Honestly, if I don’t end up giving this book at least four stars, I might as well quit Goodreads and swear off books forever. Thankyouthankyouthankyou, Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritc Apparently, I won’t have to quit Goodreads and swear off books, after all. (rtc) * I can’t even put into words how excited I am to have received an ARC of The Raging Ones, which was written by two of my favorite authors, who, incidentally, also sent me the first ARC I ever received that made it on to my favorites shelf!! Honestly, if I don’t end up giving this book at least four stars, I might as well quit Goodreads and swear off books forever. Thankyouthankyouthankyou, Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie & St. Martin’s Press for my copy! <3 Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I am always ripping on Robert Heinlein. He was the reason I stopped reading science-fiction for a while; he was like the gold-standard of what dudes in the 70s wanted to write: badly-devised worlds with bizarre sexual mores and inexplicable psychic powers. And everyone hails him as a genius? What's up with that? Reading THE RAGING ONES kind of reminded me of Robert Heinlein's work. It lacks his icky sexist undertones (in fact, with two queer Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I am always ripping on Robert Heinlein. He was the reason I stopped reading science-fiction for a while; he was like the gold-standard of what dudes in the 70s wanted to write: badly-devised worlds with bizarre sexual mores and inexplicable psychic powers. And everyone hails him as a genius? What's up with that? Reading THE RAGING ONES kind of reminded me of Robert Heinlein's work. It lacks his icky sexist undertones (in fact, with two queer male characters as the main characters, it subverts that aspect of sci-fi entirely), but everything else is very much old guard science-fiction, and not in a good way. The three main characters are named Franny Bluecastle, Court Icecastle, and Mykal Kickfall (*cringes at these names*) and they live in a society that is hierarchically organized around how long you have until you die. People with shorter amounts of time to live are called "Fast Trackers" and people who have longer amounts of time to live are called "Influentials." Fast-trackers tend to burn out quickly, having lots of sex and doing lots of drugs to pass the time, and then blow all of their savings on a luxurious "Death Day," in order to die in comfort. Influentials, on the other hand, are accorded a number of privileges and look down on Fast-Trackers as being uncouth and uncivilized. Franny is a Fast-Tracker who had planned to use her savings to go out with a bang (probably a literal one). However, something goes wrong retrieving her money, so she ends up in the frozen wastes of the streets. She expects to die that night, and is surprised when she outlives her expiration date. Mykal and Court are also Fast-Trackers, although Court at one point came from wealth. They're scrambling up money in order to go into this program (for Influentials only) that will take them to another planet, hoping to make a new start away from this ice-encrusted hell of a planet where people are imprisoned in a cast-system of their own making that's ruled entirely by death. When they find Franny in the middle of the street, they end up taking her with them. Once they get to the aerospace department, they find out that it isn't as simple as paying the $5,000 fee and having the pedigree to match. They have to undergo a series of tests and exams designed to weed out the best of the best. Several hundred enter the competition but only about five will actually fly. It's a little bit Hunger Games, a little bit Ender's Game, a little bit Logan's Run, a little bit Stranger in a Strange Land. As I was reading, I found myself asking all these questions that were never resolved or hinted at to my satisfaction. How are death days regulated? Do you die automatically or do you have a police force, as in Logan's Run, who keep track of you to make sure that you die? Why do some people have psychic powers and why are they such weird ones? If weapons don't kill you before your death days, how have you kept the Fast-Trackers from rebelling against the Influentials, who have so much more to lose? Why is everything covered in ice, and is this population so fail about working around it? The freeze has lasted for centuries and you're telling me that in hundreds of years, nobody's thought about adapting to that, technologically? I appreciate the originality that went into this book but man, the execution was pretty bad. Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 2 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    chandler ainsley ❁

    no offense but like... fuq netgalley for not giving me an arc of this??? too. rude.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I wasn't a fan of the whole being linked to emotions concept. So I may have to come back to this one...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Krista Ritchie

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Raging Ones by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie is the first book in the young adult science fiction fantasy series by the same name. The story is told by alternating the point of view between the three main characters in the book.  The Raging Ones is set within a world covered in snow and ice in which everyone knows the day they will die. Known as deathdays people are meant to prepare for the occasion and stay away from others when their time comes. Other's go as far as to bet on the time of The Raging Ones by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie is the first book in the young adult science fiction fantasy series by the same name. The story is told by alternating the point of view between the three main characters in the book.  The Raging Ones is set within a world covered in snow and ice in which everyone knows the day they will die. Known as deathdays people are meant to prepare for the occasion and stay away from others when their time comes. Other's go as far as to bet on the time of day or way it will happen when the day gets there.  Franny is a teenager who already knows that her time has come and she's as prepared as she can be for someone like herself. But just when she thinks it's over for herself her day passes and she awakens to two strangers who like herself have escaped their day. Now Franny, Court and Mykal are tethered together navigating the world having defied the odds.  Ok, first off I just love books that make you think and who wouldn't have an internal debate with themselves simply over the idea around which this world was created, deathdays? Would knowing just how long you have be a good or bad thing and what do people do with that knowledge? Those are some of the questions that plagued me even before picking this one up.  While I did find the world and the story line in this one quite compelling I also had questions come up in my internal debate here and there I felt didn't get attention just yet. Also, I don't know why but occasionally on Franny's point of view she would but me a bit so taking both of these things into consideration I've decided to go with 3.5 stars on this opener of the series and will cross my fingers it only gets better from here.  I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    IT'S LIVE!!!! This unique YA science novel should be on anyone's reading list. Reading a truly original story is something very special nowadays. The Raging Ones was special. The novel was unique from beginning to end - especially the END!!!! Remarkable, spellbinding and fascinating, I didn't want it to end, especially not after such an epic ending. I deeply cared about Mykal, Court and Franny. They had an absolutely unique relationship that fascinated me from the very beginning. I'm beyond amaze IT'S LIVE!!!! This unique YA science novel should be on anyone's reading list. Reading a truly original story is something very special nowadays. The Raging Ones was special. The novel was unique from beginning to end - especially the END!!!! Remarkable, spellbinding and fascinating, I didn't want it to end, especially not after such an epic ending. I deeply cared about Mykal, Court and Franny. They had an absolutely unique relationship that fascinated me from the very beginning. I'm beyond amazed by the authors imagination and creativity. Again and again I caught myself being astonished by events, and surprised by certain twists and turns. And OMG the ending - I did not see it coming. The ingenuity, and originality left me speechless. What I loved the most, was that all three characters were mature and genuine. And the connection they formed, forged a bond that was distinctive, touching, and heartwarming. I literally felt their bond. It was tangible, and it shone like a beacon throughout the entire novel. Actually the entire concept of this novel was fascinating, and utterly addicting. TRO is a change of genre for the authors, and for that they did an amazing job. The world building was impeccable, and as I mention the plot was masterfully crafted. But I must admit it took me a little to get into the story. Mainly because I needed to become comfortable with the premise and to warm up to the characters. It was almost like I was the forth entity in this relationship. All of us needed time to get to grips with what was happening and to warm up to the idea that everything changed and none of us new what was to come. Now, after finishing this book, I'm left wondering, hoping, cheering, and waiting until book 2. I have so many questions that need to be answered, and I can't wait to see what will happen next. Book 2 will be one of my most highly anticipated books in 2019 and I'm counting the weeks until I'll meet Court, Mykal and Franny again. ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee » Library In The Country

    View review on my blog, Library in the Country Review copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley. The Raging Ones is addictive, jarring, witty and utterly FANTASTIC. This was my 70th book of the year and it is by far one of the best. "You're a hallucination." "Will you let your hallucinations carry you out of the cold? Will you let your hallucinations help you?" First things first, if you read the book description and thought: "Ugh. Another love triangle." Well, let me just tell you. View review on my blog, Library in the Country Review copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley. The Raging Ones is addictive, jarring, witty and utterly FANTASTIC. This was my 70th book of the year and it is by far one of the best. "You're a hallucination." "Will you let your hallucinations carry you out of the cold? Will you let your hallucinations help you?" First things first, if you read the book description and thought: "Ugh. Another love triangle." Well, let me just tell you. Jokes on you. The dynamic between the three main characters is so deep, it transcends your typical love triangle trope. Don't get me wrong, there is romance, there is angst, there is so. much. tension. And it is almost all GAY. Seriously, some of my favorite romances as of late have been 100% gay or even M/M/F and this book absolutely did not disappoint. "You keep saying that you make my life dismal and bleak. But my world never felt as bright, as worthwhile and full, until I met you." On Franny, Court and Mykal's frozen planet, everyone knows the day they will die. This is just the way life is. Those bound to die as children may be loved by their families but their worth isn't given a spare glance. Those who live to thirty and beyond are afforded every luxury in the world. And those that will die as young adults tend to bury themselves in drugs, sex and lawlessness. Nobody can quicken their deathday. Nobody can dodge their deathday. Except Franny, Court and Mykal have lived to see their deathdays come and go. Now they find themselves inexplicably linked - their senses, their emotions, they share a bond that can only be strengthened. "I go still with him. His hurt is my hurt and my hurt is his hurt. There's no way around that, and in this silent moment, we both concede." The Raging Ones is fast-paced, imaginative and had me floored on numerous occasions. With a mix of everything: fantasy, science fiction and romance - it will please readers of every genre. The world painted by the authors is a bleak one. Crippled by a freezing environment, the people burn a mineral called casia for warmth, leaving the sky a constant shade of purple. Nobody has seen the sun in years. Nobody has seen the stars in years. But Court has a dream to do just that, but cannot do it without Mykal and Franny by his side. "I accept that you're the most complicated, cold boy I've ever known." This book literally went from giving me Six of Crows vibes to Illuminae vibes and left me reeling with thoughts of "How did the authors do this?" Court is an intricately complicated character, reminiscent of Kaz Brekker. Franny is nothing like your typical YA female lead - she is unabashedly blunt, but thoughtful and caring. Mykal is my cinnamon roll of the bunch, he is unselfish, funny and loves fiercely. Each of the main characters is self deprecating in their own way, but through their shared bond, they lend each other the strength and drive to do the impossible. Having passed their deathdays, their only option is to blend in with the upper echelons of society and Court teaches Franny and Mykal to do just that. However, they come to find that shaking their past isn't as easy as fancy clothes and smooth talking. Suspicions arise and some will stop at nothing to discover their secrets. "You'd sooner believe you're dead that believe I'd help you?" Yes. AND THAT ENDING. I DID NOT see that coming. Not from a mile away and it blew me away. I requested The Raging Ones on a whim, having never read anything by these authors and not knowing what I was getting myself into, past the super intriguing premise in the description. I will absolutely be reading more by these authors. I loved their writing style and cannot wait for the sequel to The Raging Ones! This a must read for fantasy and science fiction lovers alike!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucia

    My favorite author duo + my favorite genre? SIGN ME UP! The premise of this sci-fi/fantasy novel sounds amazing, I will be the first in the line to get this book when it is available! For more info go here. *ARC provided by published as an exchange for honest review.*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

  17. 5 out of 5

    mo

    Update: this book gets released tomorrow, August 14! I'm so excited for it and I hope it gets the attention it deserves. If I told you in this moment that I’m the enemy—I will not save the day, I will not change the world for the better, that this is not what will happen—will you believe me? Try to. I’ve already read about 50 books in 2018, and even with some amazing books among that number, The Raging Ones is one of the most unique young adult novels I’ve read so far this year. It’s got a comb Update: this book gets released tomorrow, August 14! I'm so excited for it and I hope it gets the attention it deserves. If I told you in this moment that I’m the enemy—I will not save the day, I will not change the world for the better, that this is not what will happen—will you believe me? Try to. I’ve already read about 50 books in 2018, and even with some amazing books among that number, The Raging Ones is one of the most unique young adult novels I’ve read so far this year. It’s got a combination of elements that might not seem like they’d add up to a book that really stands out: a central cast of scrappy characters in their late teens (two boys and one girl, in this case), a dystopian setting that incorporates a lifespan-based caste system, and a healthy dose of romance. What made it all special as a whole was in the how the authors used those things in engaging and expectation-defying ways. Let’s back up a bit. The world of The Raging Ones is icy and forbidding. Readers get gradual reveals through dialogue and exposition that paint a picture of a harsh, cold landscape and of a society that mirrors it in cruelty. Everyone in Franny, Mykal, and Court’s world is born knowing the date they will die, even if they don’t know how. Society is divided into castes according to how long people are projected to live, and the overarching culture has adjusted to assess a person’s worth and potential based on with group they belong to. Those who die before age 29 are called Fast-Trackers and are judged to be fit only for menial jobs with low wages. Babes die even younger, before age 13, but are generally treated as gently as children can be in this world. The upper-crust, who live anywhere from 30 to over 100, are called Influentials; they’re encouraged to do well-paid, white-collar work. All three of the central characters have failed to die when they thought they would. They don’t know how or why, just that they have, and that it’s unprecedented and dangerous. To make things even more confusing for them, after their projected deathday has passed they become uncontrollably linked by their senses and emotions. All of this makes for an interesting premise, but plenty of novels with cool set ups don’t provide a satisfying payoff. Thankfully, TRO’s set up pays off in spades. That’s largely thanks to the stellar central cast. Franny I wouldn’t ask for another day. I wouldn’t swap places with the banker. I lived hard, fast and full, like a Fast-Tracker. Oh, I loved Franny. While Mykal and Court won me over without difficulty, Franny grabbed my heart right from the start and never let go. She’s perfectly imperfect: brash, impulsive, and sometimes ferociously angry, but also inquisitive, clever, and devoted to her internal moral compass. She proudly wears her heart on her sleeve but also struggles with anxiety. She also provides an excellent point of view for readers as they enter this world; her experiences ground the narrative as it moves between hers, Mykal’s, and Court’s perspectives. Court I can do many things: wear their clothes, speak their words, walk their pace, lift my chin and steady my gait—but for some gods-forsaken reason, I decide that I can’t do this. No matter how much I should. Court took a little while longer to grow on me than Franny. As popular as the grim-and-stoic-guy type is in young adult fiction (and as much as I liked those characters when I was younger), I usually find those sorts of characters the hardest for me to enjoy reading about. Luckily, Court is developed past his stony exterior, and as more layers to him were revealed, I grew almost as attached to him as I was to Franny. He’s complicated and flawed, too: he’s proud and strong in a brittle, breakable way while he strives to hide a deep well of compassion. Mykal I—Mykal Kickfall, the little no-good Babe—provided for a village. I had purpose when I was told I had none. Babes, we take up space. We eat your food. We drink your drink. And then we die. Not me. I had reason to live. Mykal, aka the Softest Strong Boy You Ever Did Meet, rounds out the central trio. Like Franny, he feels an intense need to prove himself; in his case, he keenly wants to support Court. Unlike Franny and Court, he feels even more like an outsider among society after being raised in the frozen wilderness. I don’t want to say too much else about him and get into spoiler territory, but suffice it to say that I want to give him a big ‘ole bear hug and make sure he’s safe and happy. The relationship Why relationship and not relationships? Well, because the dynamic between Franny, Mykal, and Court was something truly special. They all complement and contrast each other, of course, but the bond they forge is unique and well-developed. Even without any romance present (though I’ll get to that in a bit), I would read any future books with these characters just to see how they react and how they weather whatever storm they find themselves in (or create on their own). Okay, the relationship This book has a big romantic component, and guess what? It didn’t disappoint! When I initially read the synopsis of it, I was wondering if there would be a fraught love triangle with Franny at the center, but thankfully, the romance was handled thoughtfully and with grace. The main romance is between Court and Mykal, and though it seems like Franny might have feelings other than platonic ones for the two of them, she’s really respectful of any spoken or unspoken boundaries between them. Plus, since the plot doesn’t ever get mired in will-they-won’t-they romantic subplots, she doesn’t ever really have the time to worry over it. (No spoiler tags, as the romance is present in like...the second chapter.) The Court and Mykal romance is really sweet and has the perfect amount of tension to it (thankfully caused by narrative reasons and not by societal or internalized homophobia). I loved how supportive they were of each other. One tiny quibble I have (and this might just be caused by my fierce protective love for Franny) is that Court and Mykal are able to express their attraction to each other, while Franny feels unable to have physical affection with anyone (and it’s established that in the past she often coped with life, as many Fast-Trackers do, with sex and cuddling). I hope that, if she wants, Franny will be able to have her needs fulfilled in the future. The plot Okay, so far this review has been just one long stream of praise. Here’s where I bring up a few things that didn’t totally click for me. This could have been caused by the major undertaking of introducing readers to this very alien setting with a complex set of rules that govern it, but I thought that the opening felt a bit disjointed and clunky. I settled into the rhythm of the novel at about one-third of the way in, but prior to that, I would run across sections that would make me skeptical about whether I’d end up enjoying it or not. I’m really glad I kept reading, because once it hits its stride, The Raging Ones far surpasses the expectations I’d had for it. The plot is one of the main reasons I had so much trouble writing this review, actually. It’s a doozy, with twists I didn’t predict and an ending that left me bamboozled. If it hadn’t been pulled off with such verve and confidence, the plot would have likely felt contrived or clumsy. Luckily, the strong character-driven action and clear, accessible prose kept things feeling consistent even as the plot twisted and turned unpredictably. The writing Like I said above, the writing was clear and simple, and not in a bad way. It painted a vivid image of the events and characters without veering into flowery, overwrought prose. And the first-person present-tense narration actually grew on me, much to my surprise. It really worked with the tone of this story. One thing I didn’t like as much about the writing ties in with the world-building. I found the slang, names, and some of the caste-related jargon to be a bit silly-sounding, especially at first. That’s not a problem unique to this novel; I think it’s often difficult to make young adult fantasy or scifi worlds’ lingo sound natural and not forced. I did get accustomed to reading it over time, thankfully. Overall thoughts This is an utterly unique take on young adult scifi that blends its combination of well-crafted setting, characters and plot into an edge-of-your-seat page-turner. Readers will fall in love with these characters, I hope, and be eager to see where these writers will take them. I have a feeling that the journey will be an epic one. 4.5 stars. Thanks to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for the ARC. All quotes are taken from an advanced review copy and might be subject to change in the final published version.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lilly (Lair Of Books)

    ARC provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review RTC but HOLY FRIGGIN SMOKES WHAT DID I JUST READ?!?!?! LOVED it so much & read the last line with eyes WIIIIIDE open 😂😂😂 MY REVIEW... Content Warnings: Physical Violence, Torture, Suicidal Thoughts and Drug Use PLOT The Raging Ones truly caught me by surprise in that I wasn’t expecting it to make me the 4th person in the bond our main protagonists share! Told in multiple POV, we get introduced to Court Icecastle and Mykal Kickfall f ARC provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review RTC but HOLY FRIGGIN SMOKES WHAT DID I JUST READ?!?!?! LOVED it so much & read the last line with eyes WIIIIIDE open 😂😂😂 MY REVIEW... Content Warnings: Physical Violence, Torture, Suicidal Thoughts and Drug Use PLOT The Raging Ones truly caught me by surprise in that I wasn’t expecting it to make me the 4th person in the bond our main protagonists share! Told in multiple POV, we get introduced to Court Icecastle and Mykal Kickfall first as they’re preparing to enroll for consideration into the Space Program that would allow them to keep their secret. In a world where everyone is given their Death Day at the time of their birth, there are also classifications: Influentials: their life expectancy surpasses 100 years of age which marks them for greatness. They get the best educations because it is believed their contributions to the world are of high value. Most are adopted into families in other countries that can provide them with as much. Influentials are the elite, wealthy, and basically V.I.P.’s in this world. Fast Trackers: have a life expectancy between 13-29 years of age. When born they are returned to their mothers to live free & fun lives. They are most commonly recognized for their colorful hair, piercings, slang, addiction to certain drugs…they live fast & hard in the little time they have. Babes: life expectancy is between infancy and 12 years of age. They also are returned to their mothers to live innocent lives never leaving their childhood. Court Icecastle is a Fast Tracker raised by Influentials, he is able to pass as a Influential himself and hopes to use this as a way into the StarDust Space program. Court Icecastle’s Death Day has come & gone leaving him very much alive with many questions and much more guilt. To make matters even more interesting, Court is bonded to Mykal Kickfall. Bonded in a way that lets them feel everything the other is feeling no matter the distance. Mykal has also survived past his Death Day & life brings these two together, Mykal a “Babe” comes from a distant land. He’s had a completely different upbringing & is a bit rough around the edges. Court makes it his mission to educate & train Mykal who he is now connected to for the StarDust enrollment exams. Years pass & the date quickly approaches for the entrance exam when all of a sudden both Court & Mykal feel a third connection. Franny Bluecastle is at deaths door when her connection to Court & Mykal activates. Franny a Fast Tracker living fast & hard is ready to die, it’s her Death Day after all and all she wants is to spend her savings on a room in one of the most well known hotels for V.I.P’s. Things don’t go quite as planned for Franny who is overcome with emotions, thoughts, feelings, and sensations that are not her own when she meets Court and Mykal. From this point on it’s edge of your seat, pulse pounding action with a Romance to satisfy all those who live for that A+ TOP quality angst! *need more* CHARACTERS Court Icecastle- has a ton of secrets, never smiles, and carries a whole lot of pain buried deep within. Court is a Fast Tracker who can pass for a Influential and really only has 1 goal in mind. That is until he meets Mykal, it’s more than just a bond…Mykal is his soulmate & there are reasons for which he can’t quite act on these feelings ;) Mykal Kickfall- A Babe who lived past his death date & comes from a land where people still hunt for their food. He’s most comfortable in the outdoors chopping wood. Mykal is all physical strength but he also has a HUGE heart & in it he’s managed to find a special place for Court. I LOVE MYKAL TO PIECES! he accepts Court as he is but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy trying to get him to smile <3 Also, Mykal is the one to come running whenever he smells danger to either Court or Franny, fiercely over protective in the best of ways! Franny Bluecastle- A Fast Tracker who pretty much fits all of the stereo types known for FT’s & doesn’t know what to make of being linked to Mykal & Court. She has a different relationship with them both & I love that she never gives up on Court when it comes to getting him to lower his walls. WRITING & FINAL THOUGHTS There’s so much to love in The Raging Ones but my favorite aspects of this book had to do with the bond these three shared. It wasn’t just talked about, Krista & Becca Ritchie took us through the good, bad, and the ugly with these characters. The moments that should remain private but instead are shared 3 ways and the complications that arise when they come into physical contact with one another. The confusion that comes into play when you have 3 different personalities feeling everything the other is feeling and wondering if that was your own emotion or not. The world building was A++ and by describing each of the different types of people in this world we got a more fleshed out look as to what’s valued most & what is considered expendable. The romance is by far one of my favorites this year!!! there is so much angst for some very valid reasons but I was seriously shipping hard at the start of this book! Underneath it all, we also get a look at a society intent on putting their eggs all in 1 basket…in the hands of Influentials. All others are seen as lesser than because of the short lives they are destined to live. The ending left me with eyes WIDE open! to say that I am HIGHLY anticipating the sequel has to be the understatement of the year! I can’t wait to be reunited with Court, Franny, and Mykal & see what and where their adventure takes them next…

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    A couple things the Ritchie twins do amazingly well without fail are world building and connecting characters. The Raging Ones is no exception to this fact. Franny, Court, and Mykal are three characters living in a snowy, cold, violet smoke clouded world, where everyone knows the very day they will die. Each of our mains have reached and survived that day. Which SHOULD be an impossibility, but for them... it was not. On top of all that, once they dodge their death day, they become connected to e A couple things the Ritchie twins do amazingly well without fail are world building and connecting characters. The Raging Ones is no exception to this fact. Franny, Court, and Mykal are three characters living in a snowy, cold, violet smoke clouded world, where everyone knows the very day they will die. Each of our mains have reached and survived that day. Which SHOULD be an impossibility, but for them... it was not. On top of all that, once they dodge their death day, they become connected to each other through some sort of unexplainable hybrid emotional mental physical bond. Three people who were living lives that should not have brought them together, and yet here they are. Together and bonded in more ways than one. I can’t say that any of them are stand out as the central main. I think all three of them are the central characters, and each of them has a goal. Court wants to flee the planet to keep them and their death day dodging secret safe. Mykal wants to please Court and keep Franny safe. Franny wants to live whatever is left of her life hard, fast, and full. I loved seeing how the characters relationships were and how they grew during the story. I’m going to spoil a bit and say this is not a love triangle at this point, and I’m not sure it ever will be. It is however an unique relationship made even more unique, because of the bond. Can’t wait to see how things play out in the future. I have my hopes, but who knows where things will go between the three. Along the way to our characters trying to reach their goals we meet a smattering of side characters. There are some you will love, some that will stump you, and some you will hate without a doubt. I think the authors did a great job giving you just enough of the side characters, that will keep you guessing. I ended up falling in love with one and his story already feels so tragic. I can’t say why... but ugh. I can’t wait to see where that side story may go. I don’t want to say much more, because I think you need to actually read things and see what happens. What I will say is this book is book one of what I assume will be an ongoing series. It was a set up for the world, the ongoing plot, and establishing relationships between the main and some between the side characters. Which also means that at times the story was a bit slow for me. The authors DO throw in many moments where there’s action and some suspense, but once those are over there’s more info dump. Which is understandable in a first book, but if those aren’t your favorite this may be a hard read. ALL that being said, the last 20% is AMAZING and makes the world building and info dumping in the first parts of the book very worth it. So I would PUSH through, because the payoff is WORTH IT! That ending. SO UNEXPECTED! I would have never in a million years guessed that’s where the story was headed. I easily made so many assumptions based on the first parts of the book. I’m excited for the rest of the series. To see how the relationships will play out. To get answers to WHAT exactly is going on, and why exactly our mains have their connection. https://instagram.com/p/Blf-2r3hHK3/ ^fan edit on IG! [Note: I’m not a heavy YA reader, so I’m not sure if this follows any “rules” or is similar to any other books in the genre. To me it felt fresh and unique!] *ARC provided by NetGalley* Coming 8/14!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    The Raging Ones follows the story of 3 teens in a world where they find themselves with an unbreakable link; connected through another's senses, thoughts, actions, and emotions. This is the Ritchie sisters’ first YA novel to be released August 14, 2018. In this world the authors created, death is the norm. I think the idea alone of knowing when you die is fascinating. It makes you question what you would do with your time if you knew exactly when you would die. How would you spend your last day? The Raging Ones follows the story of 3 teens in a world where they find themselves with an unbreakable link; connected through another's senses, thoughts, actions, and emotions. This is the Ritchie sisters’ first YA novel to be released August 14, 2018. In this world the authors created, death is the norm. I think the idea alone of knowing when you die is fascinating. It makes you question what you would do with your time if you knew exactly when you would die. How would you spend your last day? Would you make a bucket list? Would you fight to figure out a way to escape your death day, or would you just accept it for what it is? The story is set in a futuristic time, on a freezing planet covered in snow and shrouded in a lilac fog that blocks the view of the sky, sun, moon, and stars. The people are categorized into three groups in this world: those who would die between infancy and 12 years of age are known as “Babes;” those who would die between age 13 and 29 are known as “Fast-Trackers;” and those who would live to the age of 30 and beyond are known as “Influentials.” Babes have only enough time to live however they please. Fast-Trackers live to work laborious jobs. Influentials live long enough to study, learn, progress, have an impact and help improve the world. Franny, Mykal, and Court are Fast-Trackers. When they dodge their death day, they become inexplicably linked to one another through touch, taste, and emotion. They become each other’s support and confidants in their effort to hide their shared bond from the world and to keep anyone from learning that they’ve escaped their death day. I loved watching the relationship between Franny, Mykal, and Court ebb and flow and change throughout the story. Each character’s point of view was engaging. I was very interested in the dynamic between the three of them and if and how their friendship bond would develop throughout the story in their joint mission to flee the planet. It was a well-paced plot that kept me captivated from beginning to end. The realistic characters were very relatable and certainly drew me in; I connected with them and their struggles, and the frozen world provided a very unusual and interesting setting. For those who love romance, there is romance in the book but it is secondary; not the main focus of the story. As a fan of romance novels, I found that this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story at all. I was way more invested and interested to see what happens next in Mykal, Franny, and Court’s journey. I really enjoyed this book because the characters are fascinating and endearing at the same time, and the unexpected ending completely stunned me. It was nothing at all like I expected and I am very excited and cannot wait to read the next installment!! ARC provided by Netgalley. Fanmade Trailer ------- MARCH 8, 2018 ------- I just finished reading this late last night, so I haven't had the chance to gather my thoughts. However, I wanted to quickly tell you all that I was captivated throughout the story! It's truly fascinating and I'm hooked! This, I would love to see on the big screen. REVIEW TO COME! ------- INITIAL REACTION: MAY 30, 2016 ------- KRISTA AND BECCA ARE WRITING YA FANTASY!!!! Somebody pinch me!!! This is all so surreal

  21. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    RE-POSTING FOR RELEASE DATE!!!!! Guys go out and buy and read this right meow. 4.5 Officially! We found each other in the winter wood. He threw his arms around me like I’d been his long-lost friend. I hugged him like I was meeting my soul again. There are some moments and some feelings that I can’t even explain. I’m a young man of medicine and science and logic, but the sentiments I wield for Mykal transcend all three. Dang you guys this was good. I mean I don’t know why I ever was worried because RE-POSTING FOR RELEASE DATE!!!!! Guys go out and buy and read this right meow. 4.5 Officially! We found each other in the winter wood. He threw his arms around me like I’d been his long-lost friend. I hugged him like I was meeting my soul again. There are some moments and some feelings that I can’t even explain. I’m a young man of medicine and science and logic, but the sentiments I wield for Mykal transcend all three. Dang you guys this was good. I mean I don’t know why I ever was worried because I have read and loved just about every single other book by these ladies. BUT in my defense, they had never ventured into the world of YA before and that can be a much different thing than the romance that we had been used to up until this point. I can very happily say that I am here to announce their debut into the world of YA is a stunning one (and I hope you all think so too!) “But what will I do until then?” She smiled as bright and lovely as the smile she wore on her deathbed. “You will live Franny. You will live hard…” She cupped my face. “Fast.” She rested her forehead on mine. “And full.” The first thing that deserves note is the genius plot. Our main characters Franny, Court, and Mykal live on a planet that is always cold (fuck that) and a society that is separated into three different classes called the Influentials, the Fast Trackers, and the Babes. When everyone is born, everyone receives a death day and based on how old you will be when you die, you are fitted into one of those categories. Influentials will live to an old age and are able to go to school and make a good living for themselves because they simply have the most time, Fast Trackers ususally only live to be about 29 and are therefore forced into the labor jobs that don’t take long to learn but usually live the fiercest, and Babes of course only get a few years and are love and cherished for as long as they can be. “You keep saying that you make my life dismal and bleak. But my world never felt as bright, as worthwhile and full, until I met you.” What I thought was the most interesting was that compared to other books/movies based on people who have a countdown to their death, these people enjoyed knowing. They each had their specific roles in life and found comfort in knowing when exactly they were going to die. I mean on one hand I get it because you would never have to worry about the unknown—you would never get sick enough or injured enough to die before that specific date. You could plan to live life to its very fullest in the allotted time you were given. His smile stretches his cheeks like they’re my cheeks. I can’t stop feeling. Can’t stop starting. Gods bless that’s beautiful In the case of Court, Franny, and Mykal though, they dodged their death day and are somehow irrevocably bonded (literally) because of it. They can feel each other’s emotions, pain, tastes, etc. THIS is where I knew that the story would be solid right from the beginning. If those of you who have read this, haven’t read their other Calloway Sisters and Addicted series, you will have missed out on the AMAZING interactions they are able to portray between couples/friends/families in their books. You can never not feel the love, hate, hurt—any emotion on the spectrum. I don’t know what it is but their characters and their relationships are my favorite parts of their writing. I was worried about the possibility of a love triangle but it was for nothing. Court and Mykal do have a stronger and deeper emotional and physical connection (no secret, we see this right away) but the one they share with Franny becomes just as important. I really wonder how it all will play out, especially with ~certain~ revelations that come out at the very end of this first book. I feel them. For the first time I realize they’ve been my strength, my hope, and they can be my peace. I just have to let them help me. And to do that, I need to grow the courage to speak. The only part that people *might* not like is that these ladies don’t give us all of the information right away..on anything really. At first I didn’t have a concrete vision of the planet, what the different social structures were all about, or why these three dodged their death days and became connected when no one else has. You do gain this knowledge though as you go along and once I started to, I kind of like that we were kept in the dark at first. I mean, Franny was thrown for such a loop when she dodged her death day and I felt like we were there with her, learning about how Court and Mykal have lived like that for years and how she now had a possibility to begin a new life and maybe even see the stars in the process. “You’ve stolen my heart, you little crook.” His smile only stretches further and brighter. “My most valuable theft.” I hope that everyone gives this a try and that they love it, I really do. I think this is going to be one kick ass series and I am already so in love with each character and so intrigued with what could possibly happen in the next book. That’s the only hard part about getting ARCs….not only do I have to wait for this to actually come out for everyone else, but it makes the wait for book two that much longer. SIGHHH. Oh well, it was more than worth it! ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. THANK YOU NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the chance to read this early. For more of my reviews, please visit:

  22. 5 out of 5

    Misha

    I don't read much science fiction or fantasy because it never seems to hold my interest. However, if Krista and Becca Ritchie write it, I'm going to read it. Due to the genre I was nervous, but I should have known that I could trust the dynamic duo to deliver. The beginning was a little slow as I was learning about the world and the characters, but then it picked up steam and I was hooked. It was unique, engaging, and perhaps most important for me, full of heart. The connection Franny, Court, an I don't read much science fiction or fantasy because it never seems to hold my interest. However, if Krista and Becca Ritchie write it, I'm going to read it. Due to the genre I was nervous, but I should have known that I could trust the dynamic duo to deliver. The beginning was a little slow as I was learning about the world and the characters, but then it picked up steam and I was hooked. It was unique, engaging, and perhaps most important for me, full of heart. The connection Franny, Court, and Mykal shared wasn't easy, but the friendship that blossomed was unshakeable. I loved having three main characters instead of just two. Each was strong in his or her own way. Court was mentally strong. His evolution throughout the course of the story was actually my favorite. Mykal was physically strong, plus he had a huge heart. I immediately adored him. Franny was emotionally strong. She didn't give herself enough credit, especially considering Court and Mykal had shared their connection much longer. While there was a romance in the book that delighted me, it was not the main focus of the story. One thing these authors do well is creating secondary characters you love and hate. They all added something to the story, and I even found myself warming up to some I didn't care for early on. The action in the book really ramped up in the last quarter, and I was equal parts excited and scared to find out how it would all end. I loved the progression of Court's relationships with both Franny and Mykal, but my heart was definitely in my throat by the book's conclusion. The sequel will definitely be one of my most anticipated books of 2019. *An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Betul

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I don't read many YA/Scifi novels, however I trust Krista and Becca unconditionally so I didn't hesitate picking up this book. I was not disappointed! The world they created was very original and intrigued me a lot. I was looking forward to learning more and more about the characters and their lives. I loved the idea of a bond/link between Court, Franny and Mykal. But I also enjoyed that all three had a very different personality. The **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I don't read many YA/Scifi novels, however I trust Krista and Becca unconditionally so I didn't hesitate picking up this book. I was not disappointed! The world they created was very original and intrigued me a lot. I was looking forward to learning more and more about the characters and their lives. I loved the idea of a bond/link between Court, Franny and Mykal. But I also enjoyed that all three had a very different personality. They come from different 'worlds' and grew up in different circumstances. The characters grow significantly in this book, and I am looking forward to seeing they grow even more. One of my pet peeves in Scifi or Fantasy books is that the world-building is too complicated, and that the author dumps a lot of information at the reader at once. I was glad that the authors didn't do that in this book, however there were times that I wanted more information. For example, I wanted more details on how the worlds were created and how the people differed from one another. So that left me a bit wanting more, however I am hopeful that Krista and Becca will go more into depth in the next book. The twist at the end was super unexpected, and I am so excited to get my hands on the sequel and to see what will happen next. The Raging Ones is a successful YA/Scifi novel by Krista and Becca Rithie, and I can't wait to see with what they will come up in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristy K

    This is probably one of the hardest reviews I’ve had to write. The Raging Ones was a top 5 release for me this year and I was exhilarated when I got an ARC, but I ended up being so disappointed. My expectations were so high, after all the Ritchies are arguably my favorite NA romance writers, but I spent most of my time being bored and waiting for something happen. I have so many questions (see below) that went unanswered and I can only hope they get resolved in book two. There were a few twists, This is probably one of the hardest reviews I’ve had to write. The Raging Ones was a top 5 release for me this year and I was exhilarated when I got an ARC, but I ended up being so disappointed. My expectations were so high, after all the Ritchies are arguably my favorite NA romance writers, but I spent most of my time being bored and waiting for something happen. I have so many questions (see below) that went unanswered and I can only hope they get resolved in book two. There were a few twists, and the ending I didn’t necessarily see coming but at the same time I wasn’t surprised by it. Questions: How did deathdays start? Why did they flee their old planet? More about their solar system and world. What caused the Great Freeze? Everything about them being linked. (view spoiler)[If Court changed his first name then how come he kept the last name that made him a criminal? (hide spoiler)] If they have a machine that can tell you when you’ll die, (view spoiler)[wouldn’t they also have one that could verify your ID (especially since it’s a capital punishment crime if you imitate an Influential)? (hide spoiler)] Even though I didn’t particularly enjoy this one, I’m willing to read book two if only to get my questions answered and see this duology redeemed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lanie

    ** PRE-ORDERS ALERT ** ★ THE RAGING ONES (hardcover) Amazon ➜ http://amzn.to/2zDKrYH Book Depository ➜ http://bit.ly/2hAQHtk Other Book Retailers ➜ http://bit.ly/2AGAxDS YA sci-fi/fantasy romance coming Aug 14, 2018 ADD TO GOODREADS ➜ http://bit.ly/2xleLa9 ★ PINTEREST ➜ http://bit.ly/2kyfgrG ★ PLAYLIST ➜ http://spoti.fi/2zZ4zRW ARC was provided by Netgalley 2nd reread: May 2018 review to come. initial thoughts: i've been a fan of krista and becca since 2013 when i first read their self published novel addict ** PRE-ORDERS ALERT ** ★ THE RAGING ONES (hardcover) Amazon ➜ http://amzn.to/2zDKrYH Book Depository ➜ http://bit.ly/2hAQHtk Other Book Retailers ➜ http://bit.ly/2AGAxDS YA sci-fi/fantasy romance coming Aug 14, 2018 ADD TO GOODREADS ➜ http://bit.ly/2xleLa9 ★ PINTEREST ➜ http://bit.ly/2kyfgrG ★ PLAYLIST ➜ http://spoti.fi/2zZ4zRW ARC was provided by Netgalley 2nd reread: May 2018 review to come. initial thoughts: i've been a fan of krista and becca since 2013 when i first read their self published novel addicted to you. i thought i already know what to expect from their books. i am so very wrong. reading this sci fi fantasy novel of theirs, my first thoughts were, holy shit! did krista and becca wrote this? bec the book is so amazing and so different from their other books! good different. so so good! there are moments where i forgot to breathe, moments that thrilled me and excited me. there are twists in the end that i didn't see coming. and all i can think of when i was done was, how many more months till TRO2? bec i really need book 2 now as in right now! i am in awe and so amazed by the talent of the twins!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    -S♡

    ★5 Stars! The Raging Ones... is beyond unique and special. It is mesmerizing, addictive, amusing, captivating, fascinating and impressive! Rating: { ★★★★★ } “You’ve stolen my heart, you little crook.” His smile only stretches further and brighter. “My most valuable theft.” Before I begin I have to that this is exactly why Becca and Krista Ritchie are some of my favorite authors. They write and build such incredible and unforgettable worlds and continue to suck me in and take over my entire life. I de ★5 Stars! The Raging Ones... is beyond unique and special. It is mesmerizing, addictive, amusing, captivating, fascinating and impressive! Rating: { ★★★★★ } “You’ve stolen my heart, you little crook.” His smile only stretches further and brighter. “My most valuable theft.” Before I begin I have to that this is exactly why Becca and Krista Ritchie are some of my favorite authors. They write and build such incredible and unforgettable worlds and continue to suck me in and take over my entire life. I devoured this book only in a day and a half and I am reeling! It’s was not what I imagined or expected, but it was better. it exceeded my expectations beyond measures! Mind, Body & Soul. Franny Bluecastle Soul. “Franny Bluecastle is more. She’s a girl who asked to die but found strength to live.” I cover my face again. “She is loved,” he says. “More than she ever dreamed. More than she ever asked.” I love Franny the most and maybe that's because I can relate to her. She's such a beautiful, determined and emotionally soul! I felt and understood her more than I thought I would. She's definitely the Soul of the group. Mykal Kickfall Body. “Name this feeling,” he whispers, our lips a breath apart. “Love,” I breathe deeply. Lord, Mykal is without a doubt the Body of this group. He is not only physically strong, but he's also fiercely protective, funny and has such a big heart. I love, love, love him! & last but certainly not least..Court Icecastle Mind. That smile . . . Gods, that smile. It brightens my whole wide world. There is nothing I can say that can make you understand who Court Icecastle truly is until YOU read this book for yourself. There are so many layers to him - he is not only the MIND of this group, but he's also the heart, body and soul. He is that missing piece to the puzzle. Without Court...there would be no them. Court holds the weight of the world on his shoulders and so much responsibility for such a young man and it breaks my heart. He's extremely intelligent, calculating and quick. Wise beyond years. Emotionless but emotional. The protector and the provider. The worrier. The flaw but flawless. He is exceptional. But more than anything, I love everything about the dynamic and connection between Franny, Mykal and Court from their inside jokes to their touching moments, their ups and downs and all the way down to the link that brought them together! I felt their hearts, souls, emotions, their wants and needs. Understood their decision. The Raging Ones is a book I will be adding to my top 2018 reads! Thank you Becca and Krista..you never fail to inspire me so thank you. And thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me this unforgettable ARC!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

    I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING I can't really say much about this one since I only got through 25%, but generally, these are the reasons why I opted not to finish this one: 1. I found it pretty hard to differentiate the POVs. The two male voices sounded the same to me, and they were always together, which made it even harder. 2. There was a lot of terminology that takes a while to get used to. My brain's just not up for it! 3.I couldn't connect with any of the characters at all. They all seemed really I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING I can't really say much about this one since I only got through 25%, but generally, these are the reasons why I opted not to finish this one: 1. I found it pretty hard to differentiate the POVs. The two male voices sounded the same to me, and they were always together, which made it even harder. 2. There was a lot of terminology that takes a while to get used to. My brain's just not up for it! 3.I couldn't connect with any of the characters at all. They all seemed really edgy to me. Anyway, I still love the Ritchie sisters a lot and will read whatever they put out next--but I'll probably stick to their contemporaries in the future. - More reviews and bookish madness: Book Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | Pinterest | Bloglovin'

  28. 5 out of 5

    Clephiro (The Book Coven)

    Franny and Court should have been dead before 29. Mykal before 8. Yet, somehow, they managed to dodge their deathdays. In a word in which everyone knows the precise day that they will die, if anyone knew that they had survived, it would likely mean their deaths. Connected by a mysterious bond, they will do whatever it takes to raise the money for a chance to leave their ice-covered world to be able to live among the stars. So, we have two guys – Mykal and Court and a girl – Franny. I can already Franny and Court should have been dead before 29. Mykal before 8. Yet, somehow, they managed to dodge their deathdays. In a word in which everyone knows the precise day that they will die, if anyone knew that they had survived, it would likely mean their deaths. Connected by a mysterious bond, they will do whatever it takes to raise the money for a chance to leave their ice-covered world to be able to live among the stars. So, we have two guys – Mykal and Court and a girl – Franny. I can already see the love triangle forming...except it doesn’t. In probably the most refreshing, and pleasantly surprising subversion of a popular trope, Mykal and Court are the two romantically involved. Franny is awesome, and totally cool to be friends with them. I cannot even emphasize how amazing to read a story that didn’t assume a heterosexual relationship as the default, and which ALSO manages to have platonic friendship between men and women. There were some issues with pacing in the book. I also found the first few chapters a bit confusing, since we’re just thrown into the world with not a lot of context about the meanings of some of the words or names. The bond was also a tad weird at time, but overall, I found the book a refreshing change.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Inge

    DNF 39% I can't even put my finger on why this isn't working for me. The writing is solid, there's an exciting event coming up (a space competition!), and the characters are complex. But I'm just not enjoying it, and I've been telling myself, "Okay, I'll just give it one more chapter" for a while now to give it a proper chance, but I have to be honest with myself and put it down. Sometimes a book just doesn't click. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with a review copy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I don't read a lot of sci-fi and I have never read a YA one. That said... I am a huge fan of these two awesome authors, so there was no way I wasn't going to read this one !! This book is about Franny, Court and Mykal, who share an amazing bond. (think sense8...which I loved btw) What's so different about their world, is that everyone knows the day they are gong to die. It's also cold as fuck !! The moment you are born, you also know when you will die. There is no way around it...You end up in on I don't read a lot of sci-fi and I have never read a YA one. That said... I am a huge fan of these two awesome authors, so there was no way I wasn't going to read this one !! This book is about Franny, Court and Mykal, who share an amazing bond. (think sense8...which I loved btw) What's so different about their world, is that everyone knows the day they are gong to die. It's also cold as fuck !! The moment you are born, you also know when you will die. There is no way around it...You end up in one of three categories, depending how long you will live ..Influentials, the Fast Trackers, and the Babes. These three however have managed to dodge their death, which is the reason they share this special bond together. What Court and Mykal share is a bit more though....but Franny is still just as important. It made me think of these three a bit :P I really enjoyed this first book in the series and the world-building was pretty great. That said....there are a lot of things still left in the open. The first book is always the hardest because of all the info dump, but I have faith that more will be revealed/explained in the next book. For those of you who want/need to know. This is not a love triangle. These three share an amazing bond, but it's only the guys that are romantically involved ;) My reviews are posted on DirtyBooksObsession Follow Us on➦ 

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