When I got my copy of Reckoning for review I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis of Reckoning sounded amazing, but this is the first book of Kerry's that I have read so I was somewhat hesitant to start reading. The Reckoning is a test that all 16 year olds on the 1st July have to take, which determines which section they belong to, Trogs, Intermediates, Elites, or Members. Silver takes the test and is a member, but her name is then selected to be an Offering, someone who is sent to Windsor castle to stay. What happens to these offerings no-one knows except that they never to see family of friends again.
The minute I began reading Reckoning, I was hooked plain and simple. I love that it is set in the UK, but not the UK that we know of, and I fell so hard and fast into this world that I found it hard to come up for air. Silver is such an easy to like character, I had no problems instantly feeling sorry for her and how she lives. I love her attitude towards life in her village with her family and friends, and her belief in what is right and wrong. Her ability to take apart technological items from the past and use bits and pieces to her advantage. She is selfless and caring towards her friend and his younger brother, and even ensures that her own gifts are shared with others.
When she finds out she is an Offering I was shocked. I knew it was coming I just didn't expect it so soon. I had tears in my eyes when she was leaving home, that was only the end of chapter 7, knowing she would never see her family, her Mum or her brother Colt, or friends Opie and Imp again, knowing this would be the last time she sees them in her life, that she would die having this one last glimpse at them, broke my heart.
Silver is an understated heroine that I instantly liked and rooted for. Seeing how she struggles to live at home, and then how worse it gets at the castle, but still continue to believe that she can somehow make her way out, to go and see her family again is a true sign of determination and heroism. Some of the things she does were so risky I held my breath, scared that she would get caught and punished for it.
Imrin was someone who took a lot for me to trust, I could never tell why he did what he does and why Silver is so quick to ally herself with him. Near the end of the book I was completely blind sided by what he does, just as I began to let my walls down he does something that I didn't think I could forgive him for. Reading how the boys are getting on while the girls aren't also showed how nasty the girls can be. While the boys seems to be getting on and taking advantage of their different roles in the castle, the girls only seem to want to stab each other in the back just for their own personal gain, and while part of me could see this as a way of keeping yourself alive, it also made it so much harder to find allies within your group, people who you can trust and know have your back.
Just when I thought I had got the pattern of what to expect from everyone being at the castle, I was thrown completely off guard when I really got to see the King for who he truly is. A vicious, evil, tyrannical, old man. What he does to Wray completely shocked me, the brutality of the situation was not something I expected, but afterwards my guard was always up whenever they had to eat with him or even be in the same area as him.
I had no idea what to expect from Kerry going into Reckoning, and I was surprised to find myself devouring the pages, needing to know what would happen next, wondering who would be safe or who would be the next victim of the Kings madness. The constant change in events only left me guessing even more, just as I thought everything was going ok something was thrown into the mix that made me re-evaluate what I thought was really happening, and had me trying to figure out what could happen next. There were things I did not expect to happen, and things I expected would happen but not in the way it transpired. Reckoning was an unputdownable read, and I really wish I had the next book in my hands so I can see how this story plays out.
I also have an extra copy of Reckoning to giveaway. Since I am posting this myself this is a UK only giveaway, so only people who have a UK address, or a friend who can send the book along to them can enter this giveaway.
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