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The Continent The Continent by Keira Drake will be available Mar 27 2018 Preorder your copy todayHave we really come so far when a tour of the Continent is so desirable a thing We've traded our swords for treaties our daggers for promises—but our thirst for violence has never been uelled And that's the crux of it it can't be uelled It's human nature”For her sixteenth birthday Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday a cold desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually locked in combat Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of war a thing long banished in the Spire For Vaela—a talented apprentice cartographer—the journey is a dream come true a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast frozen landBut Vaela’s dream all too uickly turns to a nightmare as the journey brings her face to face with the brutal reality of a war she’s only read about Observing from the safety of a heli plane Vaela is forever changed by the bloody battle waging far beneath her And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she’d ever imagined Starving alone and lost in the middle of a war zone Vaela must try to find a way home—but first she must survive Apparently this book is Super Fucking Racist Calling natives red skinned calling them savages From what I've heard the main character is a white girl who's going to save these native people How did this book get published? side eyes this book so hard I received an arc copy of this book on a giveaway so I spent no money and I still want a refund or a brain wipe to erase it from my memory The inside cover has a small scrawl from Kiera Drake saying that she hopes I enjoy my “trip to the continent” Sorry to say I very much did not enjoy it I basically spent a couple of hours reading almost every racist stereotype in existence DEAR GOD how was this even published?There are two warring sides of this book The Topi based on Native Americans and the Aven’ei based on Japanese people And actual uote from the book“We don’t know much about the Topi do we? Other than how vulgar and warmongering they are?”The Topi have “rich reddish brown” skin wear human bones and are described as savages with a “primitive culture” Brutally killing and drinking themselves silly They spend the night “dangerously drunk” throwing clods of dirt at each other “like children” before they try to rape the white girlShe is saved by a ninja who shows up just in time to slit the native’s throat The ninja is Aven’ei So now we leave the complete dehumanization of Native Americans to explore the fetishizing of Asian culture The Aven’ei are said to have a rich culture without the modern conscienceswhich is “Wholly surprising and impressive” to the naive white girlEvery time the MC describes these people she does so by being completely astonished they manage to run to brain cells together It is so condescending I couldn’t roll my eyes hard enough She spends a lot of book telling these angry poc to compassionate to their enemies when she isn’t spending two three pages explaining indoor plumbing to the barbarians The only black people in the book are part of the council they have no sympathy for the warring Topi and Aven’ei until the white gives a passionate speech about doing the right thing It tugs at their heartstrings enough for them to show up just in the nick of time to save the white girl and disappear againOh And there is only one woc in the entire book that has speaking lines She is the only redeemable part of the book Her name is Yuki and she is killed off so the white girl can grieve some The back cover of the arc brags that “The Continent will haunt readers long after its covers have been closed”It’s closest thing to truth about the book it will haunt you but not in a good way I felt almost physically ill after reading it I can’t believe something like this was written in 2016 Yet alone publishedSeriously do yourself a favor DO NOT READ THIS DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON IT Pretend you’ve never heard of itI wish I could EDIT 2 SEPT 2018 removed my one star rating because i saw that keira drake did some rewriting apparently but i'm still not going to read this book and i don't think i ever willprotip read books by woc and you'll generally encounter less problemsi'm sick of the white saviour narrative and the book portrays Native AmericansAsians as savages and perpetuates all the stereotypes surrounding asians as an asian myself this just makes me unbelievably angry i genuinely hate the almond shaped eyes description this is arguably the biggest pitfall for white authors i've never seen any asian or non white writers use this description just a thought rule of thumb don't use food related terms to describe poc are we food or are we humans goddamn descriptions aside i've seen that this book purely romanticizes colonization and i hate it i risk sounding unbelievably petty here but when i talk about colonization i'm talking about years of blood and war and the centuries that my people fought for to gain independence almost all the asian countries have been colonized at some point by white people how would you feel if a foreigner came to your land rich with its uniue ethnicity and diversity and trampled all over it and forced his own culture down your throat? pillaging and destroying and killing? i cannot count on my fingers the number of asian countries that the mark of colonization has been left on meanwhile it's a well known fact that white people have colonized just about everywhere in history ya'll know that even america had indigenous tribes before columbus came along history is written from the victor's perspective and what have white people done but destroy and raze?to the author keira drake stop dehumanising our entire culture with your opinions asians are well educated and sophisticated people we are not savages our countries are producing countless intelligent young people who are winning international olympiads and competitions take those outdated opinions and shove them right up your ass because no one wants to listen to them i may only be one person sure and maybe everyone else disagrees with me and i might even get hate but i've got the right to call out problematic stereotypes and issues surrounding MY culture i'm not going to waste my money and time on this book at all i could be using my money to support diverseownvoices authors EDIT 2202018Since a new version of this book is coming out this year I cleared my one star rating I hope the revisions fix a lot of the issues but I still won't be reading it The entire premise of the book seems incredibly flawedPro Tip Read books by WoC and you probably won't run into a lot of problemsEDIT 32117Since lots of people are still liking this review I wanted to note that the publisher did push back publication to work out some of these issues As the author wasn't very receptive of criticism I don't have high hopes but it's something that might keep racist descriptions out of the hands of teenagers Regardless I probably won't be reading this There are other writers who actually take criticism without fighting back as well as PoC who manage to not write racist books to start with I'll stick with those This book is super racist and should not be published People with red skin described as drunks and savages? Almond shaped eyed characters with Japanese naming conventions? PASS PASS PASS White Saviorism to the max Just because a book is set in the future or some made up land doesn't mean you can describe characters in ways that are racist in the real world Harleuin Teen should not let this into the hands of young readers

  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • The Continent
  • Keira Drake
  • English
  • 05 December 2016
  • 9781335474933

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