About the book
Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
A girl looking for a way out.
Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.
A boy looking to be a hero.
Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.
A love that could kill them both.
Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.
A near-future YA biopunk retelling of Robin Hood.
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About the author
Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she’s still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she’s likely freezing at the hockey rink.
I LOVE YA novels set in a near-future with a totalitarian government that a bunch of scrappy, smart teenagers are trying to take down, so I am so excited to review Scarlett Kol’s new book, Mercury Rises.
I couldn’t put this book down. It kept me guessing throughout– the plot has so many twists and turns, and I was so excited to see how Mercury dealt with each new challenge thrown at her. She’s such a strong character. She completely holds her own and makes it very clear to the men in her life that she doesn’t need protecting or looking after. In fact, she’s often the one looking after them. Hooray for strong female characters who hold their own!! I also like that she still struggles with separating her past from her present; she knows her parents aren’t the people that they used to be, but she can’t help but sometimes get caught up in memories of them as they once were. Adolescence is a complex time and Scarlett Kol does an exceptional job of showing how her characters struggle to say goodbye to their childhood as they move toward maturity.
The romance between Mercury and Hawk was also a joy to read. The tension between them is palpable from the very beginning, and their kisses are spine-tingly good to read. Hawk is also openly vulnerable with Mercury, making it plain how much he needs her in his life. Mercury isn’t afraid to show Hawk how she feels, and she fights for him again and again, unwilling to abandon him despite difficulties. This is what I want in every book: emotionally literate heroes and sexually liberated heroines that turn the tables to pull a metaphorical John Cusack in ‘Say Anything’.
When you read the words “Robinhood retelling” you probably assume that the Robinhood in this book is Hawk, but actually, I think it’s the whole team: Red, Tucker, Ratchett, Hawk, and Mercury, working together to save the vulnerable people around them. It’s a more realistic retelling, as well, because Robinhood couldn’t have saved the poor in Sherwood Forest without his gang, and The Five and X9 can’t be stopped without the whole group from The Sanctuary.
In summary, read this book. It’s incredibly well written, totally gripping, full of well-developed, badass characters who sacrifice the things they love for a far bigger, greater purpose, and it’s unputdownable, which is really the sign of any great book.
Thanks, Chapter by Chapter, for including me in this tour!