Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Good Reads Summary
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.
By my count there are three stories in this one. Scratch that, there are three stories in Scorpio Races that matter: that of Sean and his love of the sea, sand, water and Corr, that of Puck and her bothers, and then that of the race.
I’d be lying if I said I read this quickly, that I’d sped through each of those stories(as I normally would have) because doing so just wasn’t possible here. In fact, I had to stop then start this a couple of times before any of the characters let me connect to them. There is not one simple character in this one. I had to mull things over before they let me get to know them. It’s in the way it’s written I suppose. There’s a lot of description and thoughtful words thrown about… and getting used to those things took a while for me. Past this, I found myself feeling a lot of opposing things. I enjoyed them, even admired them but they could frustrate me too.
Not simple. Not one of the characters is simple. With both Kate and Sean being each too young and too old, I loved how she recognized the same fact as well as how unaffected he was by the same fact. He just was. She on the other hand, I found, always was doing things the hard way. Yet, as he pointed out, they could be mirrors of each other… both doing what they were doing because they were driven.
But what drove them? Her reasons are totally distinct from his: it’s her family. And this was but another aspect I was drawn to. Her relationship with her brothers was not the simple (there’s that word again!) Instead there’s conflict, hurt feelings and everything in between. That she knew them or thought she knew them only to find that they were so much more was a sweet addition. Because doing so, Finn and Gabe were not limited to being just her brothers; rather they had their own feelings, their own quirks, and their own reasons. Simply? They added (a lot) to the story
As for Sean, it’s all Corr. That was just another relationship that’s difficult to describe: on one hand, the horse is a monster, and on another, he is all Sean had. There was a bond there that I felt authentic.
Development. Then there’s how the both of them come together, (Minds out of the gutter, please). This coming together happens ever so slowly. The romantic sap in me was waiting. And waiting. And waiting. But things just went by because as said these two lived separate lives, that crossed more often than not. YET I loved how they weren’t wrapped up in each other. That only close to the end did they recognize what they had in common. It’s a slow build up… but so worth it. It’s not a big fiery passionate romance. At first, there is none to speak of. But their relationship, built up slowly, from having no trust to having unsure tentative one and then something more. There be development, I say!
And that last ten percent was me with my Heart. In. My. Throat!