- Page Count: 384
- Release Date: June 7, 2016
- My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads book description:
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 gender-swapped adaptation of Pride & Prejudice set in prehistoric times with mammoths is seriously brilliant.
Basic plot: Kol’s mother is desperate to have her sons married since their clan doesn’t have any girls their age. Two girls from a different clan show up (Darcy & Bingley) and the familiar story unfolds. The stuff with Wickham turned into something that suit the setting a lot better, but a surprising amount translated really well! The first 80% is narrated like Elizabeth is telling her version of how everything unfolded to Darcy.
And, honestly, this story was something completely unique on its own. People who aren’t Jane Austen fans will still love this because it’s an extremely loose retelling. It by no means relies on Jane Austen’s plot and you probably won’t notice the similarities unless you’re obsessed with P&P. I was having fun spotting how the two books could fit, but it really is an absolutely gorgeous story in its own right!
It felt like it was set in Canada or somewhere like that based on the description of their kayaks, landscape, and wildlife? The descriptions of everything were so beautifully done and really brought the time period & setting to life. Like Kol measures time in how long it would take an echo to fade or a snowflake to melt, and describes his gangly younger brother as “hewn and awkward like an unfinished stone tool.” There are so many cave analogies, too. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in this setting/time and it was just really cool to see it done so well!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!
Check out my Q&A with the author here