“One girl. One chance. One destiny.
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson,Reckoning is the story of one girl’s determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490660-reckoning)
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book started really well by introducing us to the Reckoning, a coming of age test that determines to which caste the youth will belong to. The concept was familiar, as several dystopian books work with it, but I felt it was nicely done.
However, when Silver gets to the capital, as an Offering, the book slowed down, and I felt the dystopian aspect faded into the background, and the plot took a turn toward Silver settling into her new routine. Silver was a good character, albeit a little inconsistent. She would be rash in one page and, then, in the next, she would choose to fade into the background. I also missed a bit of background information on the other characters, but as Silver didn’t interact a lot with them, there was no way for me to get that information.
When the plot finally takes shape again, after the middle of the book, things got interesting again, because there was action. The ending was the best part of the book, and made me curious to learn what will happen next.
Rating: 3 out of 5