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The Continent 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 nations rem

  • Title: The Continent
  • Author: Keira Drake
  • ISBN: 9780373212392
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 nations remain perpetually locked in combat Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of battle, a thing long vanished in the peacefFor 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 nations remain perpetually locked in combat Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of battle, a thing long vanished in the peaceful realm of the Spire For Vaela, the war holds little interest As a smart and talented apprentice cartographer and a descendent of the Continent herself, she sees the journey as a dream come true a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she s drawn of this vast, frozen land.But Vaela s dream all too quickly turns to 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 sight of the bloody battle being waged 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 and with an entirely new perspective as to what war truly means Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home but first, she must survive.

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    1. 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 Americ [...]

    2. [EDIT 2/20/2018]Since 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 flawed.Pro Tip: Read books by WoC and you probably won't run into a lot of problems[EDIT 3/21/17]Since 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 [...]

    3. ETA: Review here: bookrookreviews/home/1***Yes, I did read it. I read it - after putting it down a month ago, when the first chapter failed to capture my interest - simply so I can provide information for anyone who seems to think that this book shows us how to be ~better~ as humans and isn't a white savior book. (Yes, I saw that comment elsewhere.) And yes, the book is a mess. Outside of some truly terrible writing - a la The Selection - I really don't know why and how this slipped through the [...]

    4. I'm not going to read this book and I don't think I ever will.I'm sick of the white saviour narrative. And the book portrays Native Americans/Asians as savages and perpetuates all the stereotypes surrounding Asians. As an Asian myself, this just makes me unbelievably angry. I genuinelyhatethe "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:neveruse food- [...]

    5. My first hint should have been the fact this is a Harlequin Teen novel. Romance novels make me roll my eyes too much but a YA romance makes me roll them so hard they get stuck to the back of my head. The Continent is a perfect example of an eye-rolling, face-in-palm planting, groaning out loud “why am I still reading this?” YA romance. Vaela Sun of the Spire is celebrating her sixteenth birthday. The Spire is a technologically advanced country with heli-planes and magnetic trains but is stil [...]

    6. Describes indigenous people with red skin as savages who are prone to raping and drinking, as well as other egregious stereotypes.See these Twitter threads for more info: twitter/theauslibrary/staitter/elleonwords/statuEdited to add: a link to a thread featuring a review of the book. twitter/justinaireland/st

    7. edit 2/19/18: (so apparently all those rewrites keira drake was supposed to be doing didn't fix a Damn Thing. yall if this book was a person id fight it in a Wal-Mart parking lot.)It's racist trash, and I'm getting really sick and tired of my genre being fucking corrupted by bullshit like this-- A black groundskeeper, a pack of "savage" men obviously based on First Nations people, and a wise, calm ninja "with almond eyes".And, of course, the lily-white MC. Look, as a white writer and critic, it [...]

    8. Note: This book is being revised based on feedback from marginalized voices, which is great. I have not yet read the revised version. If you're interested in these issues, please take some time to listen to and consider the varied opinions and experiences of marginalized voices before coming to any conclusions.--------Previous Review:The best word I can think of to describe this book is POWERFUL. Because it's powerful on every level.It's powerful on a sentence level. There are so many lines that [...]

    9. 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*

    10. After what several trusted authors/reviewers/book people have said on Twitter today, there is no way I'll be reading this book.

    11. angelerin/2016/08Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing a free ebook copy of The Continent By: Keira Drake in exchange for an honest review. One thing I pride myself on when reviewing a book is honesty. I think that is the MOST important part of reviewing ANYTHING. So in the spirit of honesty I will tell you that I had NetGalley request regret with The Continent. #RequestRegretThat has never happened to me before. I really wanted to read this one so I requested it, but when I wa [...]

    12. Wow this book was so beautiful! Such heartbreak and beauty in one amazing story! I loved Vaela she was such an awesome heroine and man Noro! Can I have a Noro for myself *swoons* I can't wait for book 2!!!!!

    13. I wouldn't mind reading a copy of the original story rather than have it policed for me. I can decide what's offensive for myself and I wish the author hadn't felt the need to change things so she wouldn't be attacked. The author has every right to write however she wants. You have every right to disagree. But to attack her? How disgusting some people are acting in a community that's meant to embrace differences and support authors.

    14. how about we stop publishing racist books that present native Americans as 'savages' , use the white saviour narrative and oh, only have extremely stereotypical Asian characters?

    15. Short version: Life's too short to read a book I know I won't like.Long version: Life's too short to read a book that contains and perpetuates racist stereotypes of Native Americans and indigenous peoples, Asian fetishism, colonialist/imperialist undertones and themes that are largely unchallenged and lack self-awareness, and a protagonist who is a white saviour (irrespective of Drake's intentions).I have 250+++ books on my TBR. I think I'll read those instead.

    16. I'm not sure how this book even got published. White savior complex, PoC willing to do anything to protect the precious white girl, and calling Native/Indigenous people 'savages' and 'red skins'.Keira Drake, I'm not your savage and you can suck it.

    17. *Updates on Controversy at End of Review*4.5 STARS "Snow and ice, miles and miles of treacherous wilderness…Let’s be honest—it’s not the scenery that has every citizen in the Spire clamoring to see the Continent. It’s the war.”Premise: Vaela Sun is going to the Continent. Citizens of the Spire, a peaceful federation of nations, rarely get a chance to visit the mysterious Continent, but it is the focus of much curiosity and speculation, for it is home to a curious anachronism of the p [...]

    18. I don't normally do this type of thing, but the fact that this book was written and published is beyond me.I don't want to read racist books that portrays Native Americans and Asians as "savages" and portrays the white protagonist as the white savior. The fact that the publishers saw nothing wrong with this book is absolutely ridiculous.I've never heard of this book before all of this drama started. I am glad I've never heard of it before. Books like this don't deserve to be published. Native Am [...]

    19. Why waste your precious time reading a novel that does a terrible job at not being racist when there are 28353535272819 wonderful and truly diverse books out there? #IJS *If you feel the need to defend this book, the only things I can advise you is to look at your life and look at your choices. :-/

    20. I didn't read the whole book, because I read excerpts courtesy of acquaintances who had access to the ARC, and the racial politics were ASTONISHINGLY retrograde and offensive, to the point that there's no chance it could redeem itself in the rest of the story. The summary alone raises a few red flags (one fears a white savior narrative; the privileged cartographer as a protagonist has uncomfortable colonial undertones), but the treatment of people of color throughout the book appears to be unifo [...]

    21. While this book is racially controversial, and I think bad representation is not a smart thing to do in a book, esp now with these riled up millennials, I will NOT rate this book before I've read it. I will read it and form my own opinion.

    22. "You must reserve your pain for quiet moments. You must not let it soften you, but rather you must become sharpened by its edges, made stronger by its grip. When it claws at your heart, you must roar back. This is not a place for softness."If that quote doesn't reach inside of you and squeeze your soul then you are in deep trouble.Borrowed an arc from JT!! He received it at ALA Orlando!! Thanks!! I didn't know what I was getting myself into with this one. The hype for this is overwhelming and I [...]

    23. You may recall that, back in 2016, there was a lot of pushback to Keira Drake's The Continent. I recommend you read Zoraida Córdova's critique on November 7, 2016, at YA Interrobang. It is excellent. In response to the intense conversations on social media, Drake and her publisher, Harlequin Teen (a division of HarperCollins), decided to postpone the release of The Continent to give Drake an opportunity to revise it. I wonder if their decision is based on a multi-book contract? mThe Continent i [...]

    24. My LogicWs claimed this book calling Asians or Native Americans dark skinned and savages in a book and having a white saviour to save them. They said they are tired of white supremacyIsn't it the same as white SJWs calling themselves saviour to POC because they wanna protect POC from books that THEY think might harm POC ?Pls Keira they will never be satisfied so juz ignore them and do ur thing

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