Now this is how revenge is done! (Unlike The Wrath and the Dawn from last week…). Lately young adult literature has just been boring. Everything is some kind of romance with a love triangle and more often than not the main character is a girl who needs a man in her life to “fix” her problems. Am I sounding a little too feminist? Maybe, but Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman is a breath of fresh air in this genre and it’s pretty darn good too.
The actions starts quickly. The books opens with Kate coming home to her house burnt and looted and her father swinging from a noose. She sets out to find who did this to her father and why. She poses as a boy for her own safety and finds out that her father was killed for gold and greed. The investigation leads her to learn a little too much about her father’s past. She makes some good friends along the way and learns about life, people, and herself. It is an exciting read and has some good twists and turns. There is a romance, but it is (thankfully) in the backseat of the plot. Kate makes it clear she doesn’t need anyone even if she sometimes wants someone. This is understandable since feels lonely after her father, the only family she had left, dies.
I found myself wishing there was a little more to the adventure. It starts fast and ends fast. It’s a little over 300 pages and it goes by quickly. I think there could have been more details and plot points, but I liked it. I didn’t think it was perfect or absolutely amazing, but it was fun and actually pretty gritty. I’d recommend it to anyone who thinks it sounds interesting. I wish there were more strong females and fresh plots in young adult books like this.