Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol Giveaway
Today I’m excited to bring you a new novel and giveaway about a near-future biopunk re-imagining of Robin Hood!
Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
A girl looking for a way out.
Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.
A boy looking to be a hero.
Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.
A love that could kill them both.
Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.
A near-future YA biopunk retelling of Robin Hood.
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And now.... the review!
I really enjoyed Mercury as a character. She is feisty and strong-willed and good-hearted. While she does have some selfish tendencies (such as running away, then sequestering herself at home to pout), it gives her space to grow as a character. This also led to some fun jumps in plot pacing. Mercury finds herself acting out decisions before she’s fully realized the “why” or thought out her plan. It’s a relateable and entertaining flaw since I love when characters give in to their desires and take action!
I knew Mercury was a sympathetic character when I couldn’t believe how quickly she forgives other characters like Christophe and her mom, who’s attitude had me boiling every time we came in contact with her. I do wish she had a little more backbone in her resolutions and sticking with Hawk’s organization – sometime it seems like she was only interested in his luuuve and not the actual mission. But she had backbone at the end, finally standing up to her father and making the ultimate (for her) sacrifice that you hadn’t realized she was leading up to the whole time.
The romantic subplot centers around Hawk, the Robin-hood figure in our story, and there are some deliciously tense moments between Christophe, Mercury and Hawk. I'll just leave it at that. :)
There’s no actual magic in this book, but the scientific reasoning behind the X9 virus and political machinations are well thought out and sprinkled throughout the book.
I love re-imaginings of fairy tales, and this work was no exception! Mercury is an independent, proactive character and I recommend her to those interested in budding vigilantes.