Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: mythology, boarding school, violence, adopted sisters
Format read: Purchased from Amazon for my Kindle.
Summary: Ashline’s older sister is violent and a bad influence, always re-entering Ash’s life at the most inopportune times. Ash is sent away to boarding school far out of her sister’s reach and influence (her parents hope) when a murder occurs.
Ash is the younger, innocent sister. Eve is the troublemaker who always stirs up drama and is constantly performing a disappearing act, coming and going as she pleases (or when she needs something). The opening chapters of Wildefire were extreme and intense; from the get go, I was quite put off by Eve’s character and so thankful for Ashline’s chance to start over somewhere new.
Wildefire was particularly intriguing because it’s written by a male but with a female protagonist. Knight hit the nail on the head creating a snarky, witty main character. The opening chapters had a few tough scenes, but I still found myself laughing at the funny inner dialogue. There was a fantastic balance of lightheartedness while dealing with death and loss. Knight’s voice was refreshing — he didn’t use common phrases or popular descriptions I see overused a lot in young adult books. I loved that reading Wildefire felt as if Knight decided to observe the world with a new pair of glasses, resulting in fresh dialogue and memorable scenes.
I haven’t read a ton of books with gods and goddesses so I was new to the mythological aspect of Wildefire. I did enjoy the concept and loved seeing Ash figure out who she was. Of her group of five random acquaintances she seems to befriend, Ash is the lone girl who is uncertain of her abilities. There were some scenes I was a little grossed out by, but I think that’s what makes Wildefire particularly great — boys and girls will enjoy this story. The vivid fight scenes will satisfy anyone who loves a good battle, while us romantics will still swoon over sweet, sarcastic Colt — the one boy who has the perfect response for every bit of snark Ash can dish out.
Wildefire was definitely a book that I’m glad to have read. I’m really anxious to know what happens next for Ash. If you need me, I’ll be curled up with the sequel, Embers & Echoes.