I am back with a Goodreads Monday tag! Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it.
Title: The Poppy War
Author: R.F Kuang
When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising. Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.
WHY I WANT TO READ IT
I recently joined book twitter and everyone, and I mean everyone said to read this book. I would be a fool to ignore that advice especially since I haven’t seen a single bad review about this one yet. The synopsis seems really promising and exactly the kind of story I enjoy reading.
WHY I HAVEN’T READ IT YET
I want to reach my Goodreads challenge by the end of the month by reading shorter books so I can dedicate the rest of the year reading bigger books and taking my time with them. I want to savor every single page of this promising book.
Have you read it yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! 🙂