Feature: 3 Reasons Team BookCrushin Would Win the Race of Oblivion
Lace up those running shoes, grab some gummy bears, and let’s hit the trails! It’s almost time for the Race of Oblivion and Team BookCrushin is prepping for the run of a lifetime. With stiff competition from Astrid, we know it won’t be easy. But here are three reasons why we are ready to cross that finish line.
Crown of Oblivionby Julie Eshbaugh
Published by: HarperTeen
on November 12, 2019
Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.
But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.
From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.
3 Reasons Team BookCrushin Would Win the Race of Oblivion
1. The best pit crew – Kelly will be on deck along the way with the best snacks (GUMMIES! Of all varieties!). And signs! Lots of cheering and clapping. Everyone who has ever raced knows that support is the essential power up.
2. Experienced team – Both Jana and myself are experienced runners who have raced in many different environments. Bring it. Both Jana and I actually have races this weekend – may we embody a little bit of Astrid!
3. Well read – With us reading 400+ books a year, we’ve read a variety of dystopian and fantasy books to prepare us for any situation.
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