by Marie Rutkoski
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Published: March 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, YA
Hardback: 368 pages
The Winner's Trilogy:
Bridge of Snow
The Winner's Curse
The Winner's Crime - tba
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.
LOVED it and can't wait until book 2 is released!
It was like watching a game of chess. What I found fascinating about this book was the strategic moves made by the main characters. Kestrel was cunning in her dealings within her constraints and type of world she lives in.
The second main character and love interest, Arin, was just as interesting with his honesty and flexibility with his feelings and efforts towards a better future.
* highly recommend listening to the audio version
* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge
* part of my Dystopia Reading Challenge