The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie (DRC): On the Intersection of Science Fiction and Fantasy


3.5 stars

Three teens defy all odds by living past the day they were supposed to die.

Franny, Court, and Mykal must flee the planet in order to survive, or else the people who know their secret will continue to hunt them down for the rest of their lives. 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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I actually ended up devouring this one, and this is one of this book’s greatest assets.

It’s so palatable and extremely entertaining to read. I was totally absorbed in the story and could not put it down–which is more than I can for the other books I choose sleep over.

I stayed up till almost 2 AM binge-reading this book in one enormous sitting. It was fantastic. I was thrilled. I shed a few tears (I’m much more emotional at night than during the day.)

It was just really entertaining and engaging and interesting. Krista & Becca know how to keep their reader reading the book, even though in retrospect, there were a few flaws.

I did think the worldbuilding and science-y bits could have used more work. I was definitely a little confused about the planet and some of the ways the different “castes” were divided. It did make sense how they planned it out once I got the hang of things (if you have a shorter life, the government won’t put as many resources into educating you).

I guess the whole worldbuilding and science just felt less science fiction and more fantasy to me, even if it is on another planet. It wasn’t really explained as much as sci-fi, and there’s not really any scientific basis for the sci-fi bits–it was more unexplained.

And I think there’s a lot left to be explained in book 2 (because OMG THAT ENDING), but I also wish we did get more science in this book.

The plot was also a little unclear on the goal of why the three main characters wanted to be on the spaceship launch. I liked that the book had an aim and a goal for the characters, but it seemed like the book took a really long time in explaining why they wanted to get off planet so bad, especially when their chances were slim to none.

Despite some of the execution errors, I still found this book to be honestly kind of cool.

It might not be your traditional sci-fi, but I really liked reading the relationship between the main characters and I didn’t find the three points of view to be cumbersome. It was honestly really endearing to read because I expected a two guys & one girl scenario to end up as an angsty love triangle mess, but it wasn’t like that!

1. THE GAYS!!! It was a m/m relationship, guys. Why has nobody talked about the very obvious main character queer romance in this book?

2. Franny, the girl, was such an awesome & supportive friend and I just really liked how she wasn’t a source of conflict. That was so refreshing to read.

I think the whole linked idea was pretty fantastical, but it was fun to read the implications of them being connected and able to sense feelings (physical and emotional) of the other characters.

And what really hooked me on this book, besides how entertaining it was, was the ending omg. That cliffhanger!!! I can’t believe it!!! How could they do something like that to us? SO CRUEL.

I’ll definitely be picking up book 2 because this book was honestly a huge blast, even though I did feel like the execution could have used some work. Overall, I really enjoyed reading and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an enjoyable, get-out-of-your-mind sort of exciting adventure!

Thank you so much to Macmillan/Wednesday Books and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!

much love, vicky

What sci-fi novels do you recommend? Do you think you’ll pick up The Raging Ones?

10 thoughts on “The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie (DRC): On the Intersection of Science Fiction and Fantasy

    1. Yeah, I thought the world building could have used work but honestly I am SO OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK? I just love the friendship and this was a total bingeread for me!

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  1. You write such lovely reviews 🙂 You’re very good at articulating your thoughts! This book sounds really interesting. I love books that you just can’t put down! I also love how you mentioned that you’re more emotional during the night than during the day because I feel the same way haha

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    1. awww, thank you so much! and yes ahaha I am 100% more prone to crying when reading at night. It was really an interesting read and if it sounds like something you’d like, I definitely recommend picking it up!

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    1. right?! I just–WOW THAT CLIFFHANGER. the worldbuilding could have needed work, but I was soooo enchanted by this novel as it was totally gripping! I can’t believe I have to wait for book 2 to come out.

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  2. I’m so gald you enjoyed this one! I have been hearing a lot of good things about it, it’s one of my most anticipated releases of August and I can’t wait to read it. I think I won’t mind the fact that it seems more like fantasy than Sci-fi, since I like fantasy more anyway. Great review! 🙂

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