PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
DATE PUBLISHED: 7th June 2016
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
This book is told as a second person narrative. We get Kol’s point-of-view as he tells Mya their story. The reader is just listening in to their narrative. The descriptions in this book were beautiful. I felt like I was actually in Prehistoric Times with the main characters.
This book is a gender-bent retelling of Pride and Prejudice. It is a love to hate relationship and it felt like these two characters went through a very natural process and in the end I couldn’t wait for them to get together.
Family: Family and the bonds of family are such a strong link to both Kol and Mya and the relationships they have with their clans.
Love: As a Pride and Prejudice retelling there will of course be love in this story. The romantic love between Kol and Mya is slow burning and is a hate to love relationship.
Tragedy: I won’t go into any spoilers, but there is tragedy in this book. The prehistoric setting was explored and what could go wrong.
A Prehistoric Pride and Prejudice.
If that five word summary didn’t catch your attention I don’t know what will. I loved the writing style and character developments through this book. The writing was so descriptive and this is my first second person narrative book and it was beautiful.
I particularly liked the fact that this was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in a Prehistoric setting. This setting has not been touched before in the Y.A. Genre, I loved the Ice Age vibes and incorporating elements of the Ice Age such as Mammoths. Pride and Prejudice is a classic that I think a huge percentage of people have read and it is treasured in society. As a treasured book, any retellings have to be done really well. I think this one was done really well and you can see the links to the original book and its plot point in a totally original setting.
Keep Calm and Read On,