Book Review: Reckoning

Book Review: ReckoningReckoning by Kerry Wilkinson
Series: Silver Blackthorn #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on July 1st 2014
Pages: 368
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One girl. One chance. One destiny.

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson, Reckoning is the story of one girl's determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds.

thoughtIn the near future, everything has changed. War has come and gone. Oil products and basically all technology have disappeared. In this society, England has been divided into four realms. North, South, East, and West. Each person is expected to participate in the rebuilding of this world through the caste they have been assigned to by the Reckoning. Not much is truly known about how the Reckoning makes its selection. Each person’s experience differs. For Silver Blackthorn, the day of the Reckoning as come.

Reckoning is a read that I am having trouble sorting my feelings about. At times, it was either really, really good or just kinda blah.

Everything started out wonderfully. The build-up to the Reckoning test. Waiting to discover what it is, what it does. Knowing in the back of my mind, thanks to the summary and every other similar type read, I have a pretty good guess that I know what is about to happen. Sometimes I was right. Sometimes I wasn’t. That was actually the beauty to this read. It follows along the expected path, but also takes wide turns and throws you completely off. Reckoning can be a little bit shocking… and often a bit brutal.

It is hard to put my finger on it, but early on, I knew I was going to have small issues with Reckoning. It wasn’t the characters. It wasn’t even the world-building. Any issues I have with those were easily overlooked. My issue mainly has to do with certain elements that either contradicted itself or never made sense to begin with. And sadly, there are quite a few instances of both. Like some of the smaller issues, these inconsistencies can probably be overlooked and, for the most part, ignored. However, for some, those inconsistencies may be the book’s downfall for you.

Verdict:

Series has potential. Not a bad start. Will recommend with some reservations.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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