by Maggie Stiefvater
After I checked out The Scorpio Races, it took me awhile to get to reading it. Even though it made the list of the top 10 best fiction for young adults (lots of great books there… check it out!), I just couldn’t get over how boring and weird all the descriptions of it sound. Luckily I ended up reading it, because I loved it. And now I don’t know how to give a non-ridiculous/boring description either. So…
Every fall on the small island of Thisby dangerous water horses start appearing on the shore. And they eat flesh. And they’re magical. Crazy. Every year, the men of Thisby work to catch the horses so they can ride them in the Scorpio Races. These races are incredibly dangerous and result in many deaths and injuries every year. At the same time, they also bring the tourists and money that allow the people of the island to survive. The Scorpio Races is told from the viewpoints of Puck and Sean. Sean is the four-time champion who loves the races and his horse. Puck is the first girl to try to ride in the races and must face the outrage of the other racers while struggling with her family falling apart. Both desperately need to win, yet they form an unexpected bond and begin to train together.
Even though The Scorpio Races centers on the races and the horses, there is really so much more to it. The relationship that Puck has with her brothers is so real and beautiful and sad. There is some romance here, but it is overshadowed by the character’s love for the horses and the island. I just don’t know how to explain what a great, beautiful book this is. Definitely check it out!