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Pinions and shove them right up your ass no "one wants to listen to them may only be one person sure and maybe everyone else disagrees with me "wants to listen to them i may only be one person sure and maybe everyone else disagrees with me i might even get hate but i ve got the right to call out problematic stereotypes and issues surrounding MY culture i m not going to waste my money and time on this book at all i could be using my money to support diverseownvoices authors y all know how I feel about colonizers fantasies of White Saviorism so I will be passing HARD on this book Describes indigenous people with red skin as savages who are prone to raping and drinking as well as other egregious stereotypesSee these Twitter threads for info to raping and drinking as well as other egregious stereotypesSee these Twitter threads for info add a link to a thread featuring a review of the book edit 21918 so apparently all those rewrites keira drake was supposed to be doing didn t fix a Damn Thing yall if this book was a person id fight it in a Wal Mart parking lotIt s racist trash and I m getting really sick and tired of my genre being fucking corrupted by bullshit like this A black groundskeeper a pack of savage men obviously based on First Nations people and a wise calm ninja with almond eyesAnd of course the lily white MC Look as a white writer and critic it is my moral obligation to tell the rest of y all that this is not acceptable and in fact is ust bad writing So you re being a terrible person and terrible at your African Literature 9 job When people say they want diversity this is not what they mean Listen better Writer better Be better EDIT 2202018Since a new version of this book is coming out this year I cleared my one star rating I hope the revisions fix a lot of the issues but I still won t be reading it The entire premise of the book seems incredibly flawedPro Tip Read books by WoC and you probably won t run into a lot of problemsEDIT 32117Since lots of people are still liking this review I wanted to note that the publisher did push back publication to work out some of these issues As the author wasn t very receptive of criticism I don t have high hopes I received an arc copy of this book on a giveaway so I spent no money and I still want a refund or a brain wipe to erase it from my memory The inside cover has a small scrawl from Kiera Drake saying that she hopes I enjoy my trip to the continent Sorry to say I very much did not enjoy it I basically spent a couple of hours reading almost every racist stereotype in existence DEAR GOD how was this even publishedThere are two warring sides of this book The Topi based on Native Americans and the Aven ei based on Japanese people And actual uote from the book We don t know much about the Topi do we Other than how vulgar and warmongering they are The Topi have rich reddish brown skin wear human bones and are described as savages with a primitive culture Brutally killing and drinking themselves silly They spend the night dangerously drunk throwing clods of dirt at each other like children before they try to rape the white girlShe is saved by a ninja who shows upust in time to slit the native s throat The ninja is Aven ei So now we leave the complete dehumanization of Native Americans to explore the fetishizing of Asian culture The Aven ei are said to have a rich culture without the modern conscienceswhich is Wholly surprising and impressive to the naive white girlEvery time the MC describes these people she does so by being completely astonished they manage to run to brain cells together It is so condescending I couldn t roll my eyes hard enough She spends a lot of book telling these angry poc to compassionate to their enemies when she isn t spending two three pages explaining indoor plumbing to the barbarians The only black people in the book are part of the council they have no sympathy for the warring Topi and Aven ei until the white gives a passionate speech about doing the right thing It tugs at their heartstrings enough for them to show up Alien Conquest just in the nick of time to save the white girl and disappear againOh And there is only one woc in the entire book that has speaking lines She is the only redeemable part of the book Her name is Yuki and she is killed off so the white girl can grieve some The back cover of the arc brags that The Continent will haunt readers long after its covers have been closed It s closest thing to truth about the book it will haunt you but not in a good way I felt almost physically ill after reading it I can t believe something like this was written in 2016 Yet alone publishedSeriously do yourself a favor DO NOT READ THIS DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON IT Pretend you ve never heard of itI wish I could. Ns to a nightmare as theourney brings her face to face with the brutal reality of a war she’s only read about Observing from the safety of a heli plane Vaela is forever changed by the bloody battle waging far beneath her And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she’d ever imagined Starving alone and lost in the middle of a war zone Vaela must try to find a way home but first she must survi.

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The ContinentApparently this book is Super Fucking Racist Calling natives red skinned calling them savages From what I ve heard the Racist Calling natives red skinned calling them savages From what I ve heard the character is a white girl who s going to save these native people How did this book get published side eyes this book so hard Note This book is being revised based on feedback from marginalized voices which is great I have not yet read the revised version If you re interested in these issues please take some time to listen to and consider the varied opinions and experiences of marginalized voices before coming to any conclusions Previous ReviewThe best word I can think of to describe this book is POWERFUL Because it s powerful on every levelIt s powerful on a sentence level There "ARE SO MANY LINES THAT JUMP "so many lines that Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide jump as deep and profound and terribly beautiful Like I feel like a fool having somehow failed to ever mark the difference between spectacle and death andBut one cannot stay forever in the eclipse of tragedy and though I try to avoid both the darkness and the light each waits for me in turnIt s powerful on a scene level There were multiple times where I had to stop and read a paragraph or a scene over and over because it was so moving and thought provokingAnd it s powerful on a story level When high society cartographer Vaela Sun is stranded alone on the isolated war torn continent she is exposed to war for the first time in her life And discovers along with the reader that war isn t a spectacle It s a brutal complicated morally complex terrible thing And the same way its heaviness impacts Vaela the weight of it sits on your mind and your heart long after you ve finished readingThis is a book that ll have you turning the pages frantically to see what happens next It s a book that ll make your heart go mushy as you and the characters fall in love It s a book you ll be excited to read But it s also a book that ll make you want to be better To do To try harder And that s a powerful thing My first hint should have been the fact this is a Harleuin Teen novel Romance novels make me roll my eyes too much but a YA romance makes me roll them so hard they get stuck to the back of my head The Continent is a perfect example of an eye rolling face in palm planting groaning out loud why am I still reading this YA romance Vaela Sun of the Spire is celebrating her sixteenth birthday The Spire is a technologically advanced country with heli planes and magnetic trains but is still old world culture where people use calling cards and address one another by their surname Women are regarded as fragile creatures and must hide their bare legs from men A courtship is declared before a couple may date The Spire is peaceful and perfect and everyone is happy unlike the citizens of the Continent Its indigenous tribes have been at war for over two hundred years and the Spire has found this to be a source of entertainment With a multi year waiting list people of the Spire gladly pay big bucks to go on safari and fly their heli planes over the battlefields to watch the two tribes murder one another And Vaela s parents have pulled strings and probably sold their souls to take her on one of these gruesome expeditionsPlease don t even think of comparing this to The Hunger GamesObviously this is not the experience Vaela was hoping for as she becomes stranded in the frozen and unfriendly wastelands It is at this point the book becomes a bit interesting as the scenes in the Spire were painful and forced The family Vaela is traveling with could not be obnoxious Let me clarify the mother was unbelievably fussy and whiny she found the natives gaudy and as she sat in her futuristic heli plane she complained that she doesn t believe in technology There were times I wondered why the woman was even on the damn trip What made these scenes even worse was the dialogue clunky and pretentious I actually read it out loudust to hear how badly it was writtenThen Vaela meets the natives Somehow after not seeing another Spirean for almost 300 years one of the tribes of the Continent is uite fluent in English Their grasp of the language is amazingly good as they are able to use words like indolent tactician and fertility It was a groan out loud moment when a ten year old used the word subterfuge correctly Of course the pampered Vaela is initially useless she can t cook hunt field dress a kill or even clean her own house Servants did everything But of course after meeting the spunky and gorgeous Yuki this changes No surprise Also no surprise Vaela falls madly in love with one of the natives Harleuin rememb. The Continent by Keira Drake will be available Mar 27 2018 Preorder your copy todayHave we really come so far when a tour of the Continent is so desirable a thing We've traded our swords for treaties our daggers for promises but our thirst for violence has never been uelled And that's the crux of it it can't be uelled It's human nature”For her sixteenth birthday Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire a trip to the Continent It seems an unlikel. Er and must help and has "to make a choice between andbecause these people are This is one of those books that "make a choice between andbecause these people are This is one of those books that each page you find yourself and aggravated or dumbfounded but there is no way you re going to throw it across the room like you really want to It s the proverbial train wreck you can t look away you want to see what happens Some of the unbelievable moments Vaela actually argues with the man who saved her from certain rape about her love for cartography it s educational and not FOR BATTLE THAT S WHERE THE WORD TACTICIAN CAME battle that s where the word tactician came Somehow there are oranges in the arctic tundra the natives oranges in the arctic tundra The natives perfect English The existence of Mrs Shaw I could go on and from looking on Goodreads I can see The Continent has a lot of fans so I know I m in the minority but it Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery just didn t click with me I won t be continuing this seriesAddedum SPOILER ALERT I left blanks because I didn t want to ruin the book for anyone but this is how the sentence reads out Vaela falls madly in love with one of the natives Harleuin remember and must help them survive and has to make a choice between the whites and the natives because these people are now her people The Spirean council even tells her she must forfeit her place in the Spire if she chooses to help those on the Continent 319 update Oh no We re still talking about this book I ve read the updated version My review has not changed 112516 ETA Review here Yes I did read it I read it after putting it down a month ago when the first chapter failed to capture my interest simply so I can provide information for anyone who seems to think that this book shows us how to be better as humans and isn t a white savior book Yes I saw that comment elsewhere And yes the book is a mess Outside of some truly terrible writing a la The Selection I really don t know why and how this slipped through the radar at Harleuin There s problematic content on almost every page If you want an idea of what this book is like it s like Disney s Pocahontas intermixed with even blatant racism and obvious xenophobia I m going to begrudgingly write a review because I m tired of books like this being published and I want to help provide a resource for people to point to when they re asked what s problematic about this book Also because this is apparently an issue rolls eyes I m not calling the author racist she seems nice if in need of a crash course on life I m calling the book and its content problematic as hell As someone else pointed out the author was failed badly at every stage of the acuisition and editorial process Unfortunately it s now on her EDIT 2 SEPT 2018 removed my one star rating because i saw that keira drake did some rewriting apparently but i m still not going to read this book and i don t think i ever willprotip read books by woc and you ll generally encounter less problemsi m sick of the white saviour narrative and the book portrays Native AmericansAsians as savages and perpetuates all the stereotypes surrounding asians as an asian myself thisust makes me unbelievably angry i genuinely hate the almond shaped eyes description this is arguably the biggest pitfall for white authors i ve never seen any asian or non white writers use this description Conjure In African American Society just a thought rule of thumb don t use food related terms to describe poc are we food or are we humans goddamn descriptions aside i ve seen that this book purely romanticizes colonization and i hate it i risk sounding unbelievably petty here but when i talk about colonization i m talking about years of blood and war and the centuries that my people fought for to gain independence almost all the asian countries have been colonized at some point by white people how would you feel if a foreigner came to your land rich with its uniue ethnicity and diversity and trampled all over it and forced his own culture down your throat pillaging and destroying and killing i cannot count on my fingers the number of asian countries that the mark of colonization has been left on meanwhile it s a well known fact that white people have colonizedust about everywhere in history ya ll know that even america had indigenous tribes before columbus came along history is written from the victor s perspective and what have white people done but destroy and razeto the author keira drake stop dehumanising our entire culture with your opinions asians are well educated and sophisticated people we are not savages our countries are producing countless intelligent young people who are winning international olympiads and competitions take those outdated Y destination for a holiday a cold desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually locked in combat Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of war a thing long banished in the Spire For Vaela a talented apprentice cartographer the ourney is a dream come true a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast frozen landBut Vaela’s dream all too uickly tur. ,