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The Poppy War, by R.F. Kuang

nesraid's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective sad tense slow-paced

5.0

msrebeccaharris's review

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adventurous challenging reflective tense
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

gabi_leoncini's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional informative mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

bridget_cauley's review against another edition

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5.0

Wow.

This book was captivating from the start and held my attention to the very end.

Everything that I like in a book was in this book. There's politics, dense world-building, realistic characters, and great writing. The Poppy War features a fictitious history so rich, I thought I was reading about an ancient country that I was never taught about in school. I became attached to every character, whether they were good or malicious. And the religion in this book was so fascinating! The start of the book felt more like a war/historical fiction, but the fantastical element slowly wielded itself into the story seamlessly. So good!

This is easily my favorite book I've read so far this year, and maybe even of all time.
And the fact that this is a debut novel makes it that much more outstanding.

"You're offending them with your very presence".

nickward26's review

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adventurous dark sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

angelsinthesnow's review

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dark emotional informative sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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ajcmcewan's review

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

herroharey's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

readwgauri's review

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5.0

4.5 stars

its 3 fucking am and i'm staring into the void

update: i am a shell of the person i used to be. that's it that's the review


somya's review

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5.0

excellent