Given to the Sea

Given to the Sea

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"Khosa is destined to be sacrificed to the sea and struggles to understand her destiny as the kingdom comes under attack and the ocean threatens to destroy them all"--
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399544613
0399544615
Branch Call Number: YAF MCGINNIS, MINDY
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 22 cm

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RebelBelle13
May 31, 2018

I kind of see where McGinnis was going with this, but it crashed and burned miserably. This entire book is really about figuring out how to breed The Given so she can save the kingdom. She doesn't like being touched by people, so that makes it hard. There's 4 perspectives here, which makes it difficult to follow at times, especially when we're thrown into the head of the King of the neighboring kingdom (why?). Khosa (The Given) spends a lot of time reading and pining over Donil- the last of a male species that lives in the castle as well. She wastes time trying to figure out if the tides could be rising, instead of, oh, I don't know.... SAVING THE KINGDOM?? Really, please read something else.

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miraellie
Jul 10, 2017

90% sex, 10% actual good content. I've read romance novels less concerned about sex than this book was.

I'm uncertain if McGinnis meant to do a study of rape culture in a fantasy setting, but if she did, Given to the Sea fails miserably.

The truly annoying part, however, is that the world is just interesting enough and the stakes are high enough to be engaging, but the rushed pay off did not make it worth sticking with 300+ pages of "omg he/she is so pretty I wanna have all the sex with them but oh no I can't because of... reasons!!!!" Seriously, this book was way too focused on what/who everyone's genitals were doing and not the fact that their world is literally ending.

The thing was, I would have accepted the focus on the sex/desire if any of these characters had any interactions that made me believe they saw each other as human beings and not pretty people they want to sleep with. Donil is immediately attracted to Khosa, and she to him; Dara has supposedly been in love with Vincent for a while, but from the way she acts around him, you wouldn't know it. Vincent and Khosa had more development than any of the others, and yet I'm supposed to believe two interactions with Donil makes it unbearable for Khosa to consider saving her own life and running? No.

What a waste of a pretty solid concept.

martha_w May 21, 2017

This was… interesting, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s a complicated fantasy universe that McGinnis plunges you into, and the use of four POVs makes it no less confusing. (Equally confusing is her decision to use first person for two of those POVs, and third person for the other two – seriously, WHY?) And yet, something about this was really compelling. Without ever featuring anything more heated than a kiss, this book has a lot of sexual undertones, in ways that I found fascinating – the fact that the titular Given is expected to choose a mate and have a baby before flinging herself into the sea; the lingering threat of sexual violence throughout the book; all the various undercurrents between the different characters; etc. Definitely a read for older teens, rather than younger ones. Fans of Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns will find this a similarly atmospheric read, and I have to give McGinnis credit – while I can’t be sure exactly how I felt about this, I am 100% certain I’ll read the sequel.

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Brooke_Nicole
May 04, 2017

Pros:
- beautiful and emotional ending (near the end, tension builds quickly as conflicts climax and the diction McGinnis uses to describe these parts is stunning)
- some areas of the book seem to be written like a movie script (I love it)
- Dara is developed well as a character (and she is my favorite)

Cons:
- most of the book bored me (strong focus on the history of the world where I would rather see character development or imagery)

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RebelBelle13
May 30, 2018

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Brooke_Nicole
May 05, 2017

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Brooke_Nicole
May 05, 2017

Sexual Content: Sexual themes define this book, but aside from that, there are innuendos and an attempted rape scene.

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Brooke_Nicole
May 05, 2017

Coarse Language: ~3 cuss words

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