Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press – Scholastic, Inc.
Release Date: October 18, 2011
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of ther water horses long enough to make it to the finishe line.
Some riders live.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t giver her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
I can’t believe this book is a standalone novel. I know she’s said that there’s no sequel planned for the near future, but PLEASE make room!!! This book was brimming with everything – I can’t even think of where to begin. I guess I’ll have to start somewhere, but it’s so difficult to put into words the simplicity and yet almost elegant way the story was pieced together.
The horses. I’ll read anything to do with horses, but add in the fact that they’re dangerous ocean-spirits ready to drag you under or eat you for snack-time? I’ll be devouring the book before you realize it’s out of your hands. The utter personality that the water horses have, despite their inhumanity, even inanimality – pure monstrosity – was perfectly arranged. It was like an orchestrated dance woven into a tapestry with a beautiful background. The island of Thisby itself was embodied in the words in the book, and then the wild ocean-creatures supplemented the danger and wildness and life of the island.
And then throw in a tall, handsome, master-horse handler, and I’m sold completely, especially with the addition of a spitfire, redheaded girl who used to spit on people’s boots when she was six years old! The pair of them, with their love of their island and everything on it, are possibly the best characters I’ve read in a while. They were deep – they each had family issues that reached deep into their hearts and forced them to look life in the face and accept that changes occur that can’t be stopped. Both of their personal growths, even from the very first chapters of the book, were amazing. I love their own relationship, as well as their relationship with their horses.
The ending of the book is great, too. Even though I hate how there’s so much that I want more details on – like the romance – but also how new jobs go, sibling relationships work out, and horse-people relationships continue. The danger of the races, and the detailed description of the actual event make it seem as though I’m in on the action and the danger. I loved the rush that Puck feels during the adrenaline-filled moments that seem to last eternities. The entire Mutt Malvern thing going on throughout the book, too, had me on edge the entire book, and it all culminated in the race.
Basically, everything about this book awed me, and all of these characters will forever live on in fantasies, continuing their stories inside my head until Ms. Stiefvater gets tired of my multitudes of stalker-emails and caves in to write a sequel!
**Note: There are two or three curse words in the book and a bit of danger/violence, but appropriate otherwise for ages 12 and up.