I love Fridays. Do you love Fridays? Of course you love Fridays. Fridays represent the start of your weekend, a new episode of your favorite show, and, most awesomely, Figment’s Friday Recommendation!
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” And so begins The Scorpio Races! With a first line like that, readers can’t help but be sucked into the story, like a helpless rider being dragged to his watery grave by a rabid water horse.
Let’s see where The Scorpio Races falls on the Figment Scale of Awesome:
+317 for making horses scary. The world of YA hasn’t had a cool, dangerous, exciting horse book since, well, ever. Sure, there are classics like Black Beauty and Black Stallion, but I give Stiefvater points for introducing us to the capall uisce–terrifying water horses who come up from the depths of the ocean in November to eat a few people and assorted household pets. Those are the horses riders catch and ride during the race. Oh, and after the water horses have been on land for a couple of days, they get homesick. Good luck riding those suckers down the beach without them jumping back into the waves.
+59 for standing on its own four hooves. Yes, we love trilogies, sagas, series, and duets, but sometimes you just want to open a book and know that by the time you reach the last page, everything will be resolved: the couple you were rooting for will be making out, the bad guy will be defeated, and you won’t be left clutching the edge of the Cliffhanger of Doom for sequels to come. Considering Stiefvater is best known for her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, I did a surprised gallop around the office when I found out that The Scorpio Races was a standalone.
+24 for book trailer. I love a good book trailer, especially one that the author illustrated herself frame by frame. And I’ll award an extra 60 points to Stiefvater for taking the reins of her own marketing campaign. Good job being a double threat, Maggie! Check the trailer out here.
+12 for girl power. The main character of the novel, Puck, is the first girl to ever enter the Scorpio Races. Despite having only a regular non-man-eating horse to ride, Puck’s still determined to reach that finish line and keep her family together. Girl Power FTW.
That brings us to a total of 272 points! Saddle up and trot towards your nearest bookstore or library to join The Scorpio Races!