Hope and Red

Hope and Red

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In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose. A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist. When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316268110
Branch Call Number: FIC Skovr #001 3565
Characteristics: 532 pages :,map ;,20 cm


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Apr 29, 2017

Skovron Jon's Hope and Red introduces two new titular characters whose stories merge together in the grit of an undiscovered new world. Hope is the stereotypical survivor of the annihilation of a village, set on revenge who just happened to be raised by a warrior monk. Red, on the other hand fits a different archetype: a noble by birth who was raised on the streets and leads his own ragtag group of thieves. Naturally, the paths of the two intersect and a friendship blooms with romance lurking on the horizon. The main conflict of the book also happens to be between the two main characters and a tyrant government who utilizes a military group of alchemists to do their dirty work. Throw in some sexism and discrimination against transgender people on the part of the government and we have the much overused plot of 'girl vs government': a coming of age story which features a young girl on the cusp of adulthood who finds herself sparking and leading a revolution because the status quo is no longer acceptable. Despite all this, Hope and Red managed to keep me engaged for most of the book by taking these well know modern archetypes and stereotypes and doing something wholly comic and refreshing. A good read for the average reader.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 03, 2017

Really good character-driven fantasy, and that ending! Bring on book two! Really liked the contrast between the characters Hope and Red although I would have liked their story lines to have met up sooner than they did.

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