Book Review: The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater

scorpio_racesKate Connolly, also known as Puck, is in danger of losing her house. Her parents both died several years ago. Gabe, her older brother, is leaving the island and going to the mainland, leaving Puck and her younger brother alone. The only solution Kate has is to ride in The Scorpio Races.

Sean Kendrick, the most famous rider in the Scorpio Races also has high stakes for winning the race this year. His boss, Benjamin Malvern, owner of practically all of the island, has changed things up this year. Sean has never been so desperate to win.

The Scorpio Races is the story of these two young adults who live on Thisby, an island whose lives revolve around the capaill uisce, the deadly water horses. The Scorpio Races are the main attraction of the island, where riders compete to control their horses and to win the race. Not everyone will survive. Puck and Sean cannot both win.

To be honest, I enjoyed this novel greatly. It seems to have a dark storyline, but I was fascinated by the mystical water horses and captivated by the parallel stories of Puck and Sean. Unlike many teen novels I have read, this book did not have much romanticism; it was pretty clean. Additionally, though somewhat subtly, this book had a message of the feminist movement, since the Scorpio Races were a male-dominated event until Kate arrived.

Overall, I found this novel to be a good read. It is definitely different than most books you could pick up from the shelves, but I would certainly recommend it.

– Leila S., 9th grade