AUTHOR: Maggie Stiefvater
OFFICIAL SUMMARY: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Some riders live.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
EXERPT: It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.
Even under the brightest sun, the frigid autumn sea is all the colors of the night: dark blue and black and brown. I watch the ever-changing patterns in the sand as it’s pummeled by countless hooves.
They run the horses on the beach, a pale road between the black water and the chalk cliffs. It is never safe, but it’s never so dangerous as today, race day.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Since today is November 1st, I can’t NOT write a spur-of-the-moment recommendation for The Scorpio Races.
I started reading it on a cloudy day at the beach last spring, and it remains one of my favorite reading moment, ever. The book is majestic, poetic and raw. I love the way it portrays the human/animal relationship. I love the ways it portrays family: it’s not just the people who share your blood, but the people in your town, your friends. I love the way the book ends, true to life in a way. It’s a such a magical read.
SIDE NOTE: I had the chance to meet Maggie Stiefvater last Spring and hear her speak about the book as well as her writing process. She’s super nice and friendly, and I admire her craft all the more for it.