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Given to the Sea (Given Duet) av Mindy…
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Given to the Sea (Given Duet) (utgåvan 2017)

av Mindy McGinnis (Författare)

Serier: Given Duet (1)

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Fantasy. Mythology. Romance. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising??and cannot be escaped.

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she??s allowed to dance an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy??she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent??s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra??fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before??are now marching from their stony shores for the twin??s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land??and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Praise for Given to the Sea:
"Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters [. . .] Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet."??Romantic Times

"[T]his book isn't just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire."??Kirkus Reviews

"Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny [. . .] There??s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty??plus a strong feminist element too."??Booklist

"Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters?? connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending."??Bul
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Titel:Given to the Sea (Given Duet)
Författare:Mindy McGinnis (Författare)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (2017), 352 pages
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A rather good read. While I would have liked a little more world building, overall the story was good and kept me engaged. There is certainly a lot of social commentary, disguised, that made for interesting characters and their motivations or why things didn't happen. The love square (?) certainly entangled things. ( )
  pacbox | Jul 9, 2022 |
The best thing that I can say about this book is that I managed to finish it. Disappointed with everything: time to find a better book to read. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
Given to the Sea is a bit of an underwhelming book. There was something to the language in the dialogue that reminded me of Shakespeare – at once lyrical, pondering, and riddling. But the story itself didn’t hold up to the twists and turns in the writing, and by the time I finished the book, I was happy to see it gone.

There are four POVs in Given to the Sea, but of all the characters (POV or otherwise) only one of them stood out with any kind of interest of variety. Dara was the most developed of the characters, principally because she actually had emotions that bled through the page. Not a lot, but there was a trickle, and most of it was bottomless anger. Otherwise? I found the characters shallow and unmotivated. Each one seemed to have a prime directive intended to color their behaviour. This worked well in another of McGinnis’s books (The Female of the Species) but makes a fantasy feel lacking.

There’s clearly interesting mythology behind this world, particularly with the Indiri, but McGinnis only barely explores it. In fact, the world and plot alike feel stretched too thin. There is a regiment battling their way through the land, the magic pulling Khosa to the sea, Vincent’s ascent, the search for any other Indiri, the love triangle… quadrangle? There’s a lot going on. There’s also the community of the rejected that plays between the two warring (ish?) kingdoms that shows the deep ableism of the characters in the book. Also ageism.

Let’s not forget the attempted rape and obsession with impregnating Khosa. Which probably took up the greatest chunk of the book.

To be honest, Given to the Sea is a mess. McGinnis wanted to do too many things and as a result she did none of them well. Add the lack of interesting characters and the insufferable romance plot/subplot/who knows and the problematic society… this just isn’t worth pursuing. McGinnis’s thrillers are better (if not still extremely memorable), but I recommend steering clear of this fantasy duology. ( )
  Morteana | Jul 24, 2021 |
I've read a couple of Mindy McGinnis' books so I kind of thought I knew what to expect. The main character is a woman who comes from a line of givens, givens are those sacrificed to the sea only to leave behind their heir. Their child who in future days will become the next sacrifice to quell the rising tides and so the perpetual cycle continues. When I met Khosa I immediately thought she was odd, things she would do reminded me of a high-functioning austic.
She had to practice her emotions and she couldln't harbor the touch of anyone because her skin recoiled in disgust. This writer took a select few characters, a leader, a given ,a prince, and the survivors of a genocide. Even though other's say this book falls flat I think that this writer is a brilliant one. Everything was planned and plotted and realistic situations occurred. This book did have a lot of unique words and required thinking minds; if you're not willing to learn you won't enjoy this book as much. You have to reach and think to understand they why's and where's. Khosa wasn't what I expected a normal female lead to be like and that was a soothing change.
Mindy wrote this book so brilliantly that the ending came as a shock to me. It had a bitter-sweet ending that left me wanting to read the second book. I had never met female leads just as Khosa and Dara are. This book was a world built phenomenon with such diversity it kept me intrigued. Everything was never as it seemed and it left room for error.
I enjoyed the first and second book thoroughly and would highly recommend it if you like world building, fantasy, and learning new words! ( )
  Josaphiene | Sep 14, 2020 |
The opening events and multiple perspectives offer ample opportunity for excitement, but after 100 pages nothing was established beyond backstory. Multiple scenes struck me as unsavory, as seemed to be intended, but there was nothing to balance out the dark themes.
  Pascale1812 | Apr 16, 2020 |
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Fantasy. Mythology. Romance. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising??and cannot be escaped.

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she??s allowed to dance an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy??she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent??s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra??fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before??are now marching from their stony shores for the twin??s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land??and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Praise for Given to the Sea:
"Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters [. . .] Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet."??Romantic Times

"[T]his book isn't just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire."??Kirkus Reviews

"Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny [. . .] There??s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty??plus a strong feminist element too."??Booklist

"Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters?? connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending."??Bul

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