So here are a couple writing and general life lessons I picked up from reading this super amazing novel.
1) Setting has a major impact on plot
I knew this beforehand, but I'd never noted the setting in a book play such a huge part in pushing forward the plot, along with the world-building. Rebel of the Sands is a mostly desert world with Middle Eastern touches and guns. A lot of guns. All the aspects of the desert (without giving any spoilers) made certain elements of the plot happen, or revealed truths about characters.
2) Sass is always the appropriate response
Amani (main character) is so sassy, along with pretty much everyone else, that I found myself smiling throughout all the dialogue. I can be quite sassy when I want to, so it was nice to have a heroine with my sense of humour. This book also gave me a lot of new sassy punchlines to use.
3) Foreshadowing can be in EVERYTHING
What I thought was just some thrown in folklore to add to the already incredible world-building gradually layered with bits and pieces of dialogue. The foreshadowing was subtle and slipped into everything, so when the plot twist was dropped, I had an "OH" moment where it all clicked together.
I feel like 90% of fantasy YA novels I read now are so thick they barely fit into my handbag (I am guilty of writing long novels too). Rebel of the Sands is thin in comparison, but it packed a solid punch to the feels, and managed to add just enough at the end to hook me for the next book.
Have you read Rebel of the Sands? Are you sassy person, sarcastic, or both? Also, feel free to drop book recommendations below! I love hearing about more awesome books!