Revenge and the Wild

Revenge and the Wild

Book - 2016
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Seventeen-year-old foul-mouthed Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler, lives in the lawless western town of Rogue City where she sets out to prove the wealthy investors in a magical technology that will save her city are the cannibals that killed her family and took her arm when she was a child.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062366153
Branch Call Number: MODE
Characteristics: 373 pages

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DPLjosie Aug 04, 2018

Great story, well-paced and plenty of twists and turns. Only drawback: the regrettably cliched role American Indians (in this case Wintu) continue to play in modern literature. Their magic is nature-based ("All Wintu had a special relationship to the earth..."), and animal terms are used to describe their beauty and athleticism. It's an odd balance of holding up and admiring a group of people and also continuing to downplay their basic humanity.

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jericho_0
Oct 07, 2016

I just finished this book and was glad I stuck with it. I felt it had a slow start but couldn't put it down once I got into it. Lot's of different elements of steampunk, western, fantasy with some romance. Not my normal read but I really liked it.

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MajorMajorX2
Sep 08, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Teen fantasy with cannibals and vampires and werewolves and mystery and love interest but some how without being too cliché. I'd give it a whirl.

LPL_MiriamW Aug 03, 2016

I'm betting you've never read a book like this. "Revenge and the Wild" could be described as a fantasy steampunk western about revenge, and its cost. So, basically, there's a little something in here for everyone. "Revenge" tells the story of Westie, a young girl driven by the desire to find and kill the cannibals who murdered and ate her family. Westie's desire for revenge and her tendency to leap before looking make her a flawed and interesting main character. Definitely an engaging read for those looking for something out of the ordinary.

ArapahoeLauren Jul 19, 2016

Westie, the teenage protagonist, finds herself seeking revenge for her family in this story. When Westie was young, cannibals ate her family, and part of her arm, before she is able to escape, and is welcomed into the house of an inventor, Nigel, who is able to give her a mechanical arm. This steampunk story takes place in a world where technology and magic collide. There was a nice western feel to the book, and there was a small bit of a romantic twist. It was a good read, kept me on my toes, and I was happy with the ending.

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nidofito
May 09, 2016

I'm very unsure of what to rate Modesto's debut book. Certainly, the story line deserves more stars with its curious blend of elemental magic and fantastical creatures. The western setting was the cherry on top, making the book a refreshing and unique experience, and was in my opinion, the best aspect of the book.

Westie was also unlike any other fantasy heroine I've read in recent YA literature with legitimate, relevant flaws that seriously played a role in her wild personality.

So why 3.5? I don't know. Somehow, the plot kind of dragged for me at points and, there was some aimlessness in the story during the middle of the book. The cover, I admit, was also a little deceiving.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book a lot for its setting and mystery and I look forward to Modesto's future works.

lbarkema Jan 21, 2016

This book is the biggest hodge-podge of a book I've ever read. The list of genres it could be placed into is infinite: western, steampunk, supernatural, fantasy, romance, YA, etc. So the big question is did this book pull it off? Yes and no. I was certainly engaged with the book the whole time and it was enjoyable, but overall I thought that if you are going to combine so many different elements into your world, then a little more explanation of said world is needed. Be warned though, there are cannibals. And not just as a side plot either-kinda gruesome. It's not a book I would hug and be obsessed about, but I think I would recommend it to those who want to read something a little different than their "typical" YA novel.

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ArapahoeLauren Jul 19, 2016

Westie, the teenage protagonist, finds herself seeking revenge for her family in this story. Cannibals have eaten her family and part of her arm before she is able to escape, and is welcomed into the house of an inventor, Nigel, who is able to give her a mechanical arm. This steampunk story takes place in a world where technology and magic collide. It was a good read, kept me on my toes, and I was happy with the ending.

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