[Review]: We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: We Rule the Night
Author: Claire Eliza Bartlett
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication Date: April 2, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.divider_line (1)
Review: I went into this book super excited because it sounded amazing, but overall it was just okay for me. The potential for this story to be amazing was definitely there but I never really got hooked. It took a long time for things to really get moving in the book and it needed action to happen a lot sooner. As a result I struggled to read it because nothing was moving the story forward and the pace was thrown off.

I did enjoy the dynamic between the two main characters, though. The tension was there and they had a lot to work through in order to fly together. All Revna cared about was keeping her family safe, which was definitely something to admire. I was pleasantly surprised to discover she had a disability as well. She lost both her legs and so she has to work harder to prove everyone in the army that she belongs. Linné hasn’t exactly had the easiest life in her fathers shadow and rebels by disguising herself as a boy to join the army. She doesn’t exactly play very well with others, though, and her attitude makes every other woman in the flight unit despise her. Their relationship is complicated, but they begin to bond as they fly together more.

The magic system in this book was definitely interesting, with one type of magic outlawed and the other revered. I wasn’t really sure who the actual enemy in this book was because it kind of seemed like everyone was against Revna and Linné.

Overall I really respected the perseverance of the female characters. They held their ground even when everyone thought they would fail. I did enjoy it more closer to the end because I really respected the bond that the two main characters shared and the challenges they had to face.

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