Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Series: Silver Blackthorne #1
Publisher: St Martins Press
Source: With thanks from Netgalley and publisher
Release Date: July 1 2014
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One girl. One chance. One destiny.
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorne takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . . The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson,Reckoning is the story of one girl’s determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds
Reckoning is a cross between Divergent and The Selection, In other reviews I have seen it compared with the Hunger Games but I really don’t get that connection. Once a Child turns sixteen they have to undertake a test called Reckoning, where depending on the outcome of the results, The Teens will be placed in different Social Groups that Comprise of: Elite, Member, Inter or Trog. Silver has always been fascinated with technology and where she lives there is a technological wasteland just past her town, where she loves to scavenge for old outdated pieces of technology and make them run or pull apart her technology pieces and tweak them. She considers cheating for the test, but the King does not look down favorably if a cheat is caught and the consequences are not worth the risk.
Each year Thirteen Teens are chosen to be offerings to the King, this is highly sought after position as the families will be offered a large compensation for their child being an offering, the catch? no offering is ever seen again.
Silver is chosen as an Offering to the King her mother gives her a special dress to wear and tearfully tells her goodbye. Silver from the start sets her self apart from the other offerings, growing up surrounded by boys, she is tough and knows how to look after herself, after a bunch of higher up offerings start teasing a Trog on the train, Silver steps in to protect him, which makes her the outcast from all the other offerings from her area. To me though this just gives the impression that she is a Tough chick that won’t take shit from anyone, but has a heart of gold to step in and protect someone who is classed lower in society to her.
The world building is great, set in the UK, The King is seen as a savior and loving King to the public, but once the offerings turn up to the Castle they find that he is nothing like he is portrayed on T.V. Fair warning this becomes a violent battle for survival for the offerings, including rape, violence and torture. Although I would not say that it is in league with The hunger Games, It is more psychological, where especially the rape is hinted at but not graphically talked about which I really appreciated.
The only part I disliked about the Story line was that it was a little too predictable, not so much that it was hugely detrimental to the story but sometimes I got frustrated with it. I do belive though that the small twists and turns that are thrown in, as well as the growth of the Teenagers really bring something special to the story. I loved seeing how Elite offerings thought of themselves better than everyone else, began to work together with those lower caste than them to aid everyone is survival.
The romance was a little flaky though to be honest, although I could see the stress of the situation would lead to wanting comfort, especially when you don’t think you will survive, I think that Silver had a lot more to think about than romantic intentions when her life and possibly everyone she loves lives are on the line.
All up I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the Y.A dystopian Genre, although the story line was a little tired it still had enough emotions, thrills and action to keep you keen to see it through. I can’t wait for the next Installment.