I was excited to read Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and The Dawn after a student e-mailed me eagerly requesting that I read this novel, as she had recently finished it and thought I would like it. In my efforts to become a better global citizen, I acquiesced and excitedly snagged a copy to read and discuss with her.
In this book, with the coming of each dawn, a young king takes the life of his new bride, and the feisty protagonist, Shahrzad, vows to get revenge for the families who have lost their daughters to this murderous Caliph of Khorasan. Shahrzad finds herself in the presence of the Caliph and as she weaves intoxicating tales night after night as his new bride, she wonders if she will come to see the dawn, or if she will find herself meeting the same fate that befell the many girls before her. What Shahrzad does not bargain for is learning the truth and falling in love with the very man who takes the lives of these young women.
This novel will appeal to young readers who enjoy a love story where a strong female protagonist is torn between her true feelings and what she thinks she should feel (ala Twilight and Divergent). The setting of the story will challenge some readers, as names and places are not traditional to “white America,” but there is significant allure to young readers as a result of the exotic backdrop and characters found in this story.
Ahdieh, Renee. The Wrath & The Dawn. G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group, 2015. 388p. $17.99. 978-0-399-17161-1.
VOYA rating: 3P 3Q
Until we meet again, remember the happiness there is to find in this world, especially on the pages of a book.
from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine
“Should a Happiness Machine, he wondered, be something you can carry in your pocket? Or, he went on, should it be something that carries you in its pocket? ’One thing I absolutely know,’ he said aloud. ‘It should be bright’” (Bradbury 63).