To Best the Boys

Three weeks in a row, I’m on a roll with these book review posts! 🙂

This week’s book is Mary Weber’s To Best the Boys.  BN Teen Blog calls it a “Hunger Games/Handmaid’s Tale mash-up.”  Internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli, calls it “atmospheric, romantic, inspiring”.

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The official summary reads:

The task is simple: Don a disguise.  Survive the labyrinth . . . Best the boys.

Every year for the past fifty-four years,the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University.  The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list.  The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive.  And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances in ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men purse collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist.  As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure.  But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands–through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize.  Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place.  And not everyone survives the deadly maze.  Welcome to the labyrinth.

Thank you to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review!

I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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