Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 409 (according to goodreads, my edition had 380 pages)
What is it about?
It happens at the start of every November: The Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Overall rating ★ ★ ★ ☆ (white star means ½ star)
Story line ★ ★ ★
It was quite hard to get into the story for some reason. The story starts with a prologue, which I think is not adding much to the story but gives an impression of the danger of the sea horses. During the entire book they are working towards the race, there is not much that happens in this phase. Things happen, but often they are not really relevant for the story. Relationships evolve between the characters and you get to know the characters but other than that, not much happens. However, the overall idea behind the story and the world build around it is really interesting and well written.
Characters ★ ★ ★ ★
The two main characters are Sean and Puck. I liked both characters but I liked Sean more. Perhaps that is because Puck is so different from me. I found it quite annoying that she was so impulsive and irritable. She could go from happy to grumpy in one conversation and I never understood why, she always either started or ended up yelling or grumbling. Sean and Puck are so different but fit very well together. Sean is like a calm ocean and Puck is like the ocean during a storm. Their love for horses connects them and I think they could complement each other very well. They are both complicated characters that are written very well and really have their own character traits.
Writing style ★ ★ ★ ★
As to expect from Maggie Stiefvater, her writing style was simple but beautiful. I read the Dutch edition of this book so there might be slight changes in the wording. Sometimes you read a sentence and you’re just jealous that you didn’t write it yourself.
She wrote the book from two viewpoints, from Sean’s and Puck’s. This really added something to the story. You got insight in both the characters. If she wouldn’t have done this and simply focused on Puck, I think the story would have become very shallow.
The Scorpio Races is a good and interesting book, especially if you like horses. The story revolves around two characters that are well-written. If you don’t mind the building up of the tension during the entire book and don’t mind having to wait, I will definitely recommend this book. I am giving this book a 3.5 out of 5, because to my opinion it does not deserve a 4. I enjoyed it a lot but I did not love it enough to give it a 4.
“I say, ‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, ‘It’s late for that, Puck.”
“There are moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and it’s not often they turn out to be the same moment.”
“Does anyone ask you why you stay, Sean Kendrick?“
“And why do you?”
“The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr.”