Vengeance Road must read Wild West adventure!
Book Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Title & Author: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction, Western
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
Guns Are A-Blazin’
America has a long-lasting obsession with the Gold Rush era and with the Wild West. It’s one of those things in our history that can be constantly re-imagined and therefore perpetually interesting.
This year, I’ve read two books set during this time – Vengeance Road and Walk on Earth a Stranger. Both are special in their own ways, and I especially love the former.
In Vengeance Road…
….except in Arizona instead.
The story is told by Kate, who is seeking justice for the murder of her father, and the novel includes her dialect.
I’m always a bit nervous about dialect, but in Vengeance Road it added authenticity as well as character. I noticed it so much at first, and then quickly adapted to it.
Kate is the type of heroine who makes both an emotional and physical journey. She and the people she meets along the way are filled with so much pain and they all have to figure out a way of coping. The Wild West was a really dangerous time and definitely not as glamorous as it appears in movies and TV; I was glad to see that represented here.
Vengeance Road is just plain fun to read. I loved all the riding of horses and camping out and saloons and outlaws. This book is just the best.
BONUS: Many of the places and people in the book are based on actual historical events. Which just makes everything that much more awesome.
Note: There are some deaths and wounds described in some detail throughout the story, but I never thought is was overly gruesome or graphic way.
I am so impressed with this book. There was action and adventure but also reflection and growth. If you’re looking for a historical YA adventure, you must pick up Vengeance Road.