Parent reviews for Rebel of the Sands

Common Sense says

Wild West meets Arabian Nights in exciting fantasy kickoff.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews
Parent of a 4, 9, 12, 13, and 15-year-old Written bySarah H. November 3, 2019

Under 12 but Over 15....

I gave this book 4 stars because I thought it was very creative in its world-building and the build up to its bigger plot twists.

CommonSense Media asks for an age and up, so I chose 15. To be honest, thought I would say an 11 or 12 year old could read it, but then skip kids age 13 - 15 who will understand a lot more of the unspoken subtext of how the women are being treated and leared at. As an Orthodox Jewish mother who pre-reads a lot of YA fantasy before handing them over to my 15 year old son, I wouldn't run to give this to him because there is a lot of that very exciting sensual sense of something almost, which I think is possibly more of a challenge for kids then mentioning a kiss outright.

As far as plot, I really did like the story. I will say that I felt, toward the end, that the fantasy side took over a bit too much and I would have liked it to have managed a little more of a "mixed cast" so to speak, but I would still pick up the sequel at the library.