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Giften by Leyla Suzan

zbrarian's review

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3.0

A YA dystopian novel about a future world, set many years after a world war devastated the land. Now there those who are known as "Giften" who have the power to nourish and reestablish the land. However, there is one who wants to harness this power with evil intentions. This book took me a while to get into. It felt like it skipped a lot of the plot. A chapter would end, I would expect it to continue with the storyline, only to find it didn't. Choppy with lots of holes. A bit of an ambiguous ending in regards to some characters fate. If you are a reader who likes dystopian novels with a touch of fantasy, this one is for you.

z_brarian's review

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3.0

A YA dystopian novel about a future world, set many years after a world war devastated the land. Now there those who are known as "Giften" who have the power to nourish and reestablish the land. However, there is one who wants to harness this power with evil intentions. This book took me a while to get into. It felt like it skipped a lot of the plot. A chapter would end, I would expect it to continue with the storyline, only to find it didn't. Choppy with lots of holes. A bit of an ambiguous ending in regards to some characters fate. If you are a reader who likes dystopian novels with a touch of fantasy, this one is for you.

mpr2000's review

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4.0

I’ll say from the beginning that I loved this book; it was interesting, addictive and with a human touch that made you feel part of the story from the first page.
Giften is about a dystopian world, where people live in small communities and controlled by some dark men called Mags who dominate them with fear and stealing their food. The story is told by a teenage girl living at the Field, Ruthie, who will see her life changed when one of her friends is kidnapped from the Field because is Giften.
The story will show us a society that needs to survive without food and that is afraid every day that the “men in black” will return to kill them or kidnap their children. Let’s be honest, this is not a way to live and when Ruthie discovers that is a Giften too, she knows that her life and the ones surrounding her is in danger; so she decides to leave the community but not alone, surrounded with people that loves her. This trip will show her that in any fight there’s a good and a bad side, but that nothing is ever totally black or white, we live in a grey world.
I think this is really good adventure book, it will keep any reader, young or adult, invested in the story, also I would love to know more about the characters and how everything will change for them!
Are you ready to discover the “Giften”?

spiral30's review

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5.0

Wow. This book is so inspiring and deviously cruel in its own way. The writer makes you feel bad when they kill a villain and sympathetic for the worst people. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone. Bravo!!!!!!

reads_must's review

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3.5

Giften
YA, Dystopian, Fantasy
Leyla Suzan
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

I'm a bit on the fence with this book. While there were interesting parts, I wasn't blown away.

I did like the world building but I think it would've been better with some more development.

The pacing was ok but it did slow down and drag a bit in the middle which made it harder for me to stay connected to the characters and the plot.

I did like the characters for the most part. They were likeable, although sometimes they were stereotypical.

While this was an ok read, I feel like with a few tweaks here and there, it could be a great read.

*Thank you to @Netgalley and the publishers for providing this ARC. This is my own opinion and an honest review, which I am leaving voluntarily*
 


annejin's review

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adventurous tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

sanrodsara's review

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adventurous challenging dark inspiring mysterious reflective tense 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

3.5

hobbithopeful's review

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.5

Interesting premise, but overall just a very meh story. There was nothing wrong with the pacing, or the plot or even the characters. I just couldn't get into the story, and didn't feel engaged with any of the tension.This is a shorter read and events start to happen pretty quickly, you really don't get much time to breathe between the action. 
I don't know if the author was trying to make parallels between race but if she was it completely failed. I couldn't tell you anything about the main character, or what she looks like other then having curly hair. It is mentioned at one point that she is "similarly colored" to her Father, so that was an..interesting way to phrase it. 
I am not even going to touch the way the recorder character was handled. Just...no. 

Do I recommend this book? If you like shorter reads about dystopian societies give this one a try. 

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wildx's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful medium-paced

3.0

Thanks to NetGalley for this eARC read!

I enjoyed the writing and concept of this story and early on I thought it had the potential to be a 5-star read for me. The characters and the dystopian world were both interesting. It did however start to drag a little in the middle. I think I would’ve liked this a lot more if there was more history of the world and the various clans of people.

annabroomfield's review

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adventurous tense fast-paced

5.0

 With COP26 taking place in the UK in 2021, lots of exciting climate fiction is being published for young people. Giften by Leyla Suzan stands out thanks to its beautiful writing and intricate world-building. Set in a dystopian world devastated by climate change, the story follows Ruthie, a teenage girl with the power to make plants grow from dead soil. Known as Giften, people with this power are hunted by a brutal army and kidnapped from their communities. Suzan cleverly weaves the plot together and builds tension by starting each chapter with oral histories from characters with varying allegiances. This is an absolutely thrilling story with a unique and memorable voice. 

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