Prizing and samples provided by Penguin Random House.
What if—God forbid—we lived in a world without books? Even worse, what if using one was the only way to save someone you loved?
Sefia, the protagonist in Traci Chee’s The Reader, finds herself in uncharted waters when her aunt goes missing and the only key she has to saving her is a long forgotten item—a book.
Here’s a synopsis:
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.
This book introduced an entirely new world to us and we couldn’t stop reading. Bonus: it’s the first in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, so there’s more to come! This first installment will be released on Sept. 13, but you’ve got a chance to get it for free (just scroll down).
Thanks to our friends with Penguin Random house, we’re giving away an adorable prize pack. You can win a copy of the book and a branded “I Am the Reader” tote bag.
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