Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart

Rebel Wing

By Tracy Banghart

Blurb: The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

This is a new release of the previously self-published title Shattered Veil.


Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance 

Publication Date: February 14, 2014

Pages: 377

Series: The Diatous Wars (book 1)

My Rating: 3 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.

Rebel Wing has a strong protagonist, good writing, and a fairly original plotline. What it failed to do, however, was ever truly grab me. There was no excitement or spark. It had all the right ingredients for a great story, but it never became truly amazing.

Aris was a main character that I could definitely root for. She's not weak, which I was really happy about. She isn't exactly the "kick-butt" type of character, but she still comes off as a strong character. I like how throughout the story her motives for joining the military progressed from just following a boy to doing it because she felt like she was meant to do it. Because honestly, risking her life to see Calix, although it sounds quite romantic, is, as the wise Dysis said in this book, a bit stupid.

The secondary characters were, although not outstanding, pretty well-developed. I liked Dysis a lot. She had a well-developed personality, and I thought she added to the story. Though her romance with Daaken was a bit unnecessary to the book; I didn't think it added all that much to the story and was kind of just thrown in there for some unknown reason.

The plot was good, but slow. Even during parts that should have been quite exciting, it felt very slow paced. A good portion of the story was Aris training for the military, which I did not find interesting.

I did not know exactly how I felt at the fact that there seems to be a setup for a love triangle in the next books. On one hand, I'm not a big fan of Calix, and if she gets another love interest (I won't say who) that would be great. On the other hand...love triangle. Ugh.

I think the main problem of this book is the fact that it tries to tell two separate stories at the same time, but it never gets fully accomplished. One story is Aris'. The other is Ward Galena's. And, while both of the storylines are important to the book, I always felt a bit jarred out of the story when it would switch from Aris to Galena. Perhaps if Galena's story would have been toned down a bit, I could have focused more on the main plot.

Rebel Wing is an okay book that I fairly enjoyed. Sadly, it had a few flaws that kept it from being a great book.

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