The Raging Ones – Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

The Raging OnesFrom the publisher: “In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does. Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.”

Earth has colonized three different planets.  Court, Franny, and Mykal live on a cold planet blanketed with lavender clouds, so thick the sun does not shine through and stars are not visible.  At birth, a prick with an instrument reads the child’s death date.  There are three categories: Babes – destined to die in childhood, Fast Trackers – die before 30, and Influentials – die after a very long life.  Court, Franny, and Mykal are all Fast Trackers but miraculously live past their death dates.  When this happens, they become linked with each other feeling emotions and sensations.  Court is the most driven and determined that they should have a better life.  Against all odds he intends to get them off planet by getting all three into the elite Stardust program as crew of the only space ship that has ever left the planet.

Very clever!  The authors have taken an interesting premise, advance knowledge of death date, and built a society around this.  Each character is well developed with a rich background yielding plenty of emotional depth.  The pacing is brisk, the characters are often duplicitous, and the plot is layered. The alternating voices of the three main characters move the story along without getting redundant in plot.  It’s all very well done leaving the reader wanting more.  I eagerly await the sequel.  Highly recommend

eGalley review                                                                   Publication date 8.14.18

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