A Thousand Fires
Shannon Price's A Thousand Fires is a breakout contemporary debut―think The Outsiders meets The Iliad―that's perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Veronica Roth.10 Years. 3 Gangs. 1 Girl’s Epic Quest… Valerie Simons knows the city's gang wars are dangerous—her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautiful Herons to avenge his death—a death she feels responsible for.But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.---"Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A Thousand Fires gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves." --Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats"A Thousand Fires pulls you in close and shows you the essence of what it means to keep fighting. Shannon Price is one to watch." --Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds"Brutal and beautiful, A THOUSAND FIRES broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance." --Heidi Heilig, author of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE"Fast-paced... Vivid descriptions and intricate details bring San Francisco to life ... A promising debut." --Kirkus

A Thousand Fires Details

TitleA Thousand Fires
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139781250301994
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Retellings

A Thousand Fires Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    I'm somewhere between 3-3.5 stars on this one.The idea of making a blended retelling of The Illiad and The Outsiders is creative, ambitious, and intriguing, and while I respect what the author created here, I think my preconceived notions gave me different expectations of what this would be. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, and the narrative felt a bit uneven and jarring, but I couldn't put this down! I'm a sucker for anything that involves gangs, and the author shows tremendous prom I'm somewhere between 3-3.5 stars on this one.The idea of making a blended retelling of The Illiad and The Outsiders is creative, ambitious, and intriguing, and while I respect what the author created here, I think my preconceived notions gave me different expectations of what this would be. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, and the narrative felt a bit uneven and jarring, but I couldn't put this down! I'm a sucker for anything that involves gangs, and the author shows tremendous promise in her writing capabilities here. While I wasn't completely sold on A Thousand Fires, I do think there is a reader base who will adore the story Price has created, and I'm all about checking out her next book and seeing the growth she makes between now and then. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    January 1, 1970
    The Outsiders meet The Iliad. WHAT.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this sounds SO AMAZING. "A reimagining of the Illiad set in a version of modern-day San Francisco where three gangs rule the city. The story follows one grieving teen who joins the Wars to seek vengeance for her younger brother, but finds herself torn between old love and new loyalty."
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  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in one sitting! I definitely picked up more Romeo and Juliet vibes from this than expected, but the themes of the Iliad are evident throughout - the underlying story being an important one of privilege and gentrification set in San Francisco. "You turn eighteen, and they find you. There is no other recruitment. Eighteen - old enough to have had your heart hardened, young enough that blood still passes through it. Not everyone is recruited, of course, but the gangs are smart. They pick people I read this in one sitting! I definitely picked up more Romeo and Juliet vibes from this than expected, but the themes of the Iliad are evident throughout - the underlying story being an important one of privilege and gentrification set in San Francisco. "You turn eighteen, and they find you. There is no other recruitment. Eighteen - old enough to have had your heart hardened, young enough that blood still passes through it. Not everyone is recruited, of course, but the gangs are smart. They pick people with nothing to lose. The ones who are angry. Those who join San Francisco's infamous Red Bridge Wars do so willingly." The ultimate war between the haves and the have-nots has waged on the streets of San Fransico for ten years. Three gangs run by teenagers are the players: Herons, Boars, and the mysterious Stags. The Herons are the tech companies and their families; their power and wealth drastically changing the city and displacing the poor. The Boars fight back, largely with violence. And the Stags? Well, some people say they don't even exist.The book begins on the night of Valerie's eighteenth birthday. Her younger brother was killed in crossfire by one of the gangs two years earlier, and she is determined to join the Wars to find out who is responsible to exact her revenge. But instead of being recruited by the Herons like she always thought (and thus being separated from her ex-boyfriend), she joins the Stags.I really fell for Valerie and the rest of the Stags, especially Micah and Jax. Valerie is biracial (half Filipino and there is Tagalog in the book) and comes from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, which compared to her ex-boyfriend's family never felt like much. I appreciate that she doesn't deny her privilege when confronted by her fellow Stags, who for the most part grew up poor. I wish there was stronger LGBTQIAP+ representation. One of the stags, Nianna, tells Valerie that she is "queer and damn proud of it," but other than that line there isn't a mention of what her identity explicitly or implicitly is. Losing her brother really affected Valerie; her grief and guilt run through the book. Major content warning for self-harm. She bakes in order to quiet the anxiety and occupy her thoughts, but she is also a cutter and there is on-page cutting in the book. As someone who has struggled with this for most of her life, I am not sure how I feel about the self-harm representation. I was able to comprehend the motivation because I have experienced it, but I don't know the motivations were really explored in text. I wish that the way Valerie talks about baking is how she would discuss the cutting. It just felt very surface level to me, and with something as serious as mental health and self-harm, I wish the representation were better than just... being there. "Live fast, fight for what we want, then die and be remembered for all we accomplished." Despite this being a heavy book of loss, grief, and vengeance, it is also filled with hope. Of the little things we can do to make a difference: frequenting mom-and-pop shops when we can, questioning the status quo and, researching things for yourself instead of believing what you are told. It's a love letter to civil disobedience and paints a picture of potential ways bad actors can ruin the message. "I figure, if anything, the city's myriad ailments help the Wars. It's like a cancer - there's no easy fix, and while the state and local government tangles itself in red tape, the Wars go on as a newer symptom masked by others." The book feels very punk rock to me, and nails the teenage optimism and fire to change the world for the better. They haven't been hardened by the reality of the world and complacent to let it simply continue as it always has. I haven't read The Outsiders, but this does remind me of my punk youth... and the Stags' methods for addressing the growing social inequality in their city reminds me a bit of SLC Punk. *choked sobbing*The writing is gripping and engaging, once I started the book I was hooked until the end. It's a fast-paced read and a solid debut. As a note, I think the publisher got the genre classification wrong. The book is listed as a Thriller in their catalog, but it's really more of a contemporary story with elements of a dystopia setting. There is the mystery of who murdered Valerie's brother at the center of the story, but don't go in expecting an edge-of-your-seat thriller. "Society says we're bad, but we're doing what the police can't and the other gangs won't [...] We're smarter than they are, and doing the right thing.'" At the heart, this is a touching story of love, sacrifice, and revenge in a city at war between the haves and the have nots. San Francisco is a city where gentrification is evident on every street corner thanks to the growth of Silicon Valley, so it is the perfect setting for this story. Price did a fantastic job transporting the reader to the streets of the City, and she is definitely an author to watch. I look forward to reading her next book!Content warnings: anxiety, child death, depression, grief, gun violence, mention of suicide, self-harm (on-page), underage drinking and drug useeARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and subject to change upon final publication.Blog | Twitter | Pinterest
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  • Shannon Price
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: A THOUSAND FIRES is out now!! Thank you all for your support, I hope you enjoy my modern take on the Iliad and that you love the Stags as much as I do. :) Please don't forget that CWs are on my website at spricewrites.com/books. And watch out for my next book—YA fantasy this time!—coming out November 2020!Thank you everyone for your excitement for A THOUSAND FIRES; it's now available for preorder on Amazon! Indiebound, B&N, and other links coming soon. :)Edit: Pre-order links are LIVE Edit: A THOUSAND FIRES is out now!! Thank you all for your support, I hope you enjoy my modern take on the Iliad and that you love the Stags as much as I do. :) Please don't forget that CWs are on my website at spricewrites.com/books. And watch out for my next book—YA fantasy this time!—coming out November 2020!Thank you everyone for your excitement for A THOUSAND FIRES; it's now available for preorder on Amazon! Indiebound, B&N, and other links coming soon. :)Edit: Pre-order links are LIVE!! Also, I'm starting to see some longer reviews, which means my book is starting to head out into the world. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter, IG, and here and thank you all for reading, sharing, everything. I am so honored to share this story with you all.Indiebound: http://bit.ly/2TzHwam BN: http://bit.ly/2Ne8zp6Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AW33Tl
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This was mind-blowingly good. I read it in one sitting and now I have the worst book hangover I’ve had in ages.
  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Ok I read the preview provided on Netgalley so was quite intrigued to see where this story would go. Essentially we have Valerie who dearly wants more than anything to find out which gang member killed her brother. Her chance to finally find out is crushed when instead of being offered a position with the Herons she suddenly finds herself taken by the Stags ! Not what Valerie wanted but their unpredictable leader offers to help her so Valerie leaves behind her safe world and enters one full of s Ok I read the preview provided on Netgalley so was quite intrigued to see where this story would go. Essentially we have Valerie who dearly wants more than anything to find out which gang member killed her brother. Her chance to finally find out is crushed when instead of being offered a position with the Herons she suddenly finds herself taken by the Stags ! Not what Valerie wanted but their unpredictable leader offers to help her so Valerie leaves behind her safe world and enters one full of secrets, deceit and danger.I really wanted to like this as I thought the idea of Gangs reminded me of West Side Story and obviously Romeo and Juliet. I will say because Valerie is in love with Matthew the idea of star crossed lovers did crop up but sadly it didn't actually go in the direction I'd hoped for. Valerie and Jax just never made sense to this reader as he wasn't developed enough. Plus the three gangs and the power they had really wasn't that believable. This is a standalone book so expect Valerie to get revenge but the cost is hard leaving this reader feeling empty. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Surbhi Das
    January 1, 1970
    I am having one bad streak after another with ARCs these past few months and the latest addition is obviously A Thousand Fires!Right, where do I begin? A Thousand Fires is supposed to be a retelling of the The Iliad and to be honest, I haven't read The Illiad therefore my point of context is completely negligible. However, the reason that this book didn't work out for me is because, it seemed interesting to begin with but by the time I was done reading it I realised I wanted more from this story and what I g I am having one bad streak after another with ARCs these past few months and the latest addition is obviously A Thousand Fires!Right, where do I begin? A Thousand Fires is supposed to be a retelling of the The Iliad and to be honest, I haven't read The Illiad therefore my point of context is completely negligible. However, the reason that this book didn't work out for me is because, it seemed interesting to begin with but by the time I was done reading it I realised I wanted more from this story and what I got wasn't enough for me. In the near future, San Fransisco is ruled by teenage gangs and our MC Valerie has lost his younger brother in a gang shooting. Somehow she feels responsible for it and she plans on taking revenge against the gang called Boar who is responsible for killing her brother. In order to do so, she is willing to join its rival gang on her 18th birthday and the story moves from there on...Like I mentioned above, the book started on a promising note but it slowly went downhill for me. The plot is extremely inconsistent, the characters aren't fleshed out well and the history of how the gangs and the wars came to be is minimal at best. There are pages upon pages where absolutely nothing happens and the characters would just spend their time idling around and drinking then all of a sudden something big will take place without any substantial build-up. I didn't feel the grittnes or any sense of danger which being in a gang would have otherwise caused.The characters too were very flimsily written and most of their motives felt unclear to me. Somethings, ex. Kate's depression and the relationship between Jax and Valerie felt abrupt and out of now where, I kept wondering whether I missed something. In fact, I couldn't really connect to any of the characters and the relationship development between Valerie and the other members of the gang that she joins felt underdeveloped, I ended up not really caring about these characters or the situation they were in. Honestly, I feel that the writing lacked depth and the ending somehow felt inconclusive.That said, this book deals with some important themes like depression, PTSD and distress caused by guilt but at the end, poor execution of plot and bland characterisation left me feeling disappointed. ARC received by Netgalley in exchange of my honest opinion. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I almost skipped over the book because of the cover, but luckily I decided to read the synopsis.  Do not skip over this.  After reading it, I get the cover more.  Still not my favorite, but it does fit.I'm going to start this with some warnings.  I apologize if I missed anything.  There is cutting, a child's death, murder, gang wars, depression, talk of suicide, teens drinking, teens smoking pot, sex (but no details), control, revenge, rage (breaking things, etc).  It's a I almost skipped over the book because of the cover, but luckily I decided to read the synopsis.  Do not skip over this.  After reading it, I get the cover more.  Still not my favorite, but it does fit.I'm going to start this with some warnings.  I apologize if I missed anything.  There is cutting, a child's death, murder, gang wars, depression, talk of suicide, teens drinking, teens smoking pot, sex (but no details), control, revenge, rage (breaking things, etc).  It's a thriller that is a bit dark.  This book takes place in San Francisco and I loved all the different places mentioned.  During this time, there is a gang war going on.  But not gangs in the way we think of them.  These gangs recruit people on their eighteenth birthday and they only have to stay in for one year.  They have to be loyal and never go against the leader.  These wars were started ten years earlier when there were just two.  The Herons and The Boars.  A guy, Jax, started The Stags later after the gangs started getting violent.  The Stags mostly try to keep the rich Heron's from buying up all the property and pushing out the people who aren't rich.  None of the gangs get along, but they do have rules to follow.  Not that it always happens.  There are revenge killings and betrayals.  Valerie (Valentine) grew up next to Matthew's family.  The families on her street are extremely wealthy, except hers.  She still has money, but she's not a rich kid.  Valerie and Matthew become friends and later, boyfriend and girlfriend.  Their relationship ended abruptly and Valerie isn't over it.  Valerie's younger brother was killed by a Boar when he was just a little kid.  Valerie blames herself, but her main goal is to get revenge.  Valerie and Matthew share the same birthday, so they are expecting to be recruited.  All of Matthew's family has been recruited by the Herons, so Matthew was a definite.  Valerie wanted them to recruit her, too.  She thought they were the best, but she also thought that a year with Matthew would be perfect for them.  The night of their birthdays, he actually tells her that he loves her."Our stories are intertwined, I remind myself.  Is that still true, now what we're on opposing sides?"Valerie was not recruited by the Herons, but instead by the Stags.  She joined with the knowledge that she could still get revenge, but hated being a rival to Matthew.  Jax knows who killed Leo, so Valerie just needs to listen, prove her loyalty, and wait.  Jax starts calling her Valentine.  Jax's mom, Theresa, is a Heron.  But she is the one who funds the Stags because she loves her son and it's what he wants.  She can also give them some intel and a heads up from time to time.  Valerie starts to really love her members.  They're a small group, but all very loyal to each other.  She also realizes that she has some strange feelings for Jax, but still loves Matthew.  The Stags decide to team up with the Boars to take out the Herons.  They agree that the Herons need to be stopped.  They're destroying the city and blame anything bad on the Boars and Stages.  Even though the Boars are the most violent group, and one killed Leo, it's something that must happen.  The Herons have old money/families supporting the new Young Herons.  The Stags are too small to do anything alone.  Jax and Ty, the Boar's leader, make an agreement that they work together and don't kill each other."The gang I'm sworn to has teamed up with the one I hate to take down the group that the guy I'm in love with belongs to."  I found that Valerie's thoughts of revenge could sometimes be too much, but overall, the story is fast paced and really good.  I ended up loving the Stags.  I was able to guess some things, but the book definitely has you wondering who you could trust.  There were so many lies, backstabbing, and assaults/murders.  A person I adored died and I had tears.  The Herons basically own the police, so that was another interesting part to the story.  While the story was about revenge and the gangs, I still found myself more invested in the people.  I gave this book 4 stars.  Thank you to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for my review copy.  Quotes were taken from an arc and may change before publication. 
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  • Joanna Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book I was really looking forward to reading. I was so excited to start it and the first few pages really draw you in. I felt like this was going to be a great read. Unfortunately, I ended up having some issues with it.Let’s start with the characters. There were some I liked more than others which is usually how it goes. Valerie, the main character, is half Filipino, comes from a decent neighborhood, and is dealing with the loss of her younger brother. She blames herself f This was a book I was really looking forward to reading. I was so excited to start it and the first few pages really draw you in. I felt like this was going to be a great read. Unfortunately, I ended up having some issues with it.Let’s start with the characters. There were some I liked more than others which is usually how it goes. Valerie, the main character, is half Filipino, comes from a decent neighborhood, and is dealing with the loss of her younger brother. She blames herself for it and wants revenge. She does have good development throughout the plot but there was just one thing that annoyed me about her. Every time she is around Jax, the leader of the Stags, she becomes enthralled with his looks or smell. When she was first introduced to him, she talked about how hot he was for a couple sentences. It just felt repetitive.Since I have already mentioned Jax, let’s talk about him. He was an okay character who was a little flat at times. He also wants revenge and will do anything to get it. He is probably one of my least favorite characters overall.As for the other characters, I really liked the ones that Valerie finds herself surrounded by when it comes to being in the Stags. A few come from harsh backgrounds and they just want the world to be better for those that have a hard time getting by and are trying to be pushed out by the richer ones aka the Herons. A few fell flat here and there but overall some of the minor characters added to the plot in a big way. There is also great diversity in the characters.The plot is one thing that saved this book for me. It was unique, intriguing, and at times quite heartbreaking. I liked how different the three gangs were. I was not a fan of the romance that was involved and felt that it didn’t add to the story. It was insta-love and that’s one thing I do not like. As for the plot twists, there were some but only a few were surprising. I also didn’t like the ending and felt that it was rushed and didn’t have enough closure as to what happened with certain people and the wars.Overall, I am a bit disappointed I didn’t like this book as much as I had hoped. It did have diversity and an interesting plot but it just had one too many issues for me to fully enjoy. Shannon Price’s writing is wonderful for a debut novel and I will be looking forward to seeing what she writes next.eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Karlita | Tale Out Loud
    January 1, 1970
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  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to comeI'm sad to say that I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I'll talk about this in my review soon.Huge thanks to the publisher for providing access to this arc in exchange for an honest review. PRE-REVIEW I'm here for the retelling and the FILIPINA character.
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  • Joss
    January 1, 1970
    This was amazing! I’m crying it was so good. It’s past my bedtime but I had to finish this.
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    Plot: yassssssssssCover: ...ehhhhhh...
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of A Thousand Fires through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. A Thousand Fires is the debut novel of Shannon Price, and is a novel worth checking out. It's a modern-day retelling of The Iliad, with a touch of The Outsiders thrown into the mix. Naturally, that has a lot of readers more than a little bit curious about this one. In a world where three gangs rule the land, everything is both familiar and dangerous. On your eighteenth birthday, you stand a I received a copy of A Thousand Fires through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. A Thousand Fires is the debut novel of Shannon Price, and is a novel worth checking out. It's a modern-day retelling of The Iliad, with a touch of The Outsiders thrown into the mix. Naturally, that has a lot of readers more than a little bit curious about this one. In a world where three gangs rule the land, everything is both familiar and dangerous. On your eighteenth birthday, you stand a chance of picking recruited by one of three gangs. If recruited, you're expected to put in a year with them. You cannot leave. You cannot run. The Herons are the most organized gang of the three. They've got their hands on corporations and politicians. As such, they tend to rule the roost. The Boars are wild and loud, and will do what it takes the stop the Herons from getting bigger. And then there are the Stags. They're the smallest, and some people even believe that they don't exist. Their goals are much more obfuscated than the other two. Ten years ago Valerie Simons lost her little brother to a gang war. A Boar gang member killed him, even though he was just a kid. Ever since then, Valerie has been working towards getting herself recruited by the Herons so she could get her revenge. Only, she wasn't recruited by the Herons. Instead, the Stags came to her. And they offered her the chance at revenge that she so desperately wanted. All she has to do is earn their trust before they'll give her a name. Just one name, and she'll get the man who murdered her brother. “Eighteen – old enough to have had your heart hardened, young enough that blood still passes through it.” Warnings: This is probably fairly obvious, but this novel contains more than one example of gang violence within its pages. It's never gratuitous, for what it is worth. A Thousand Fires was a magnificent and emotionally compelling novel. It's a prime example of a character driven plot, with Valerie's pain and determination driving her and the plot forward. It was impossible not to feel the pain and anger she was suffering from, while also hoping that she would find a better path in life. As a fan of both The Iliad and The Outsiders, I knew that I had to give this novel a chance. Now that I've read it, I can honestly say that it lived up to all of my expectations. You can see the influences here, naturally. But it also felt very much like its own beast as well. The end result was something both unique and amazing. Valerie's character was dynamic and vibrant. Her pain felt real – like it was emanating from the pages. Watching her get into something over her head made for an interesting read, even if there were times where I felt like screaming at her (have you ever watched a movie and wanted to warn the characters about what was about to happen? It's like that). The secondary characters were equally interesting. The romantic subplot(s) added a lot to Valerie's story...and her confusion. It was a perfect touch. And of course, it helped to add emotional tension to what was happening. Part of me is actually a little bit sad that A Thousand Fires is a standalone novel. I would have happily read a second novel in this series. And even a third. I guess that just means I'll have to check out whatever Shannon Price comes out with next.
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  • Anna Bright
    January 1, 1970
    i. don't have words for how much i adored this one. i'm so endlessly impressed with shannon's talent-- the pacing gallops, the characters are ferocious and sharp, and the plot and emotional stakes of the iliad transfer so well to a gang war on the streets of san francisco, which is obviously IRL the site of a lot of socioeconomic tension. i can't wait to see what shannon follows this up with.
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  • Emily G
    January 1, 1970
    I was initially fascinated and drawn in by the plot of this book - a reimagining of the Iliad is an amazing concept. Unfortunately, however, the writing and the characters didn’t quite make the mark for me. I found character traits and plot progression to be a little forced - felt a lot more like tell than show. While this book might not have been for me, I think the author does show a lot of promise and I’d be interested in checking out more from her in the future.
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  • - ̗̀ cady ̖́-
    January 1, 1970
    a retelling of the iliad??? set in san francisco??? i didn't know i need this until now
  • Mari Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.Content Warnings: self-harm, PTSD, anxiety, nervous tics, suicide ideation, suicide attempt, gun violence, gang violence, grief, depression, descriptions of blood and wounds, death of a sibling, underage drinking, drug use, unhealthy eating habitsI’ve read some pretty incredible debuts this year and A Thousand Fires did not continue that good luck. Shannon Price has potential but she isn’t quite there yet.We’re t/>Content This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.Content Warnings: self-harm, PTSD, anxiety, nervous tics, suicide ideation, suicide attempt, gun violence, gang violence, grief, depression, descriptions of blood and wounds, death of a sibling, underage drinking, drug use, unhealthy eating habitsI’ve read some pretty incredible debuts this year and A Thousand Fires did not continue that good luck. Shannon Price has potential but she isn’t quite there yet.We’re thrown pretty quickly into the main story and not given much background information to go off of. There is no introduction to the main character or setting before things kick-off and that made it hard for me to care about what was going on. Things were just suddenly happening.When it comes to the characters it felt like Price barely scratched the surface. She tells us just enough to get by but never fully fleshes anybody out. There was such an air of detachment surrounding everything and I had a hard time keeping up with who was who. Other than Valerie and Jax I couldn’t keep any of the others straight.The romance between Valerie and Jax also bothered me a great deal. Jax is a complete asshole and to me was creepy af. Towards the beginning, he just randomly grabbed Valerie and kept going after her even though it was clear she was uncomfortable and trying to get away. Then, Valerie goes into her room to find him with a pair of her underwear. The whole thing felt almost predatory. But she of course fell in love with him anyway because isn’t that what girls are supposed to want?Overall, the entire story felt too repetitive. Nothing would happen for quite a few pages as the Stags just hung around their house drinking and playing video games then suddenly a huge conflict would appear without any build-up. Once it was quickly over the cycle would start again. The lack of build-up to anything and the fact that it happened so often made it impossible to care about any of the tension.A Thousand Fires was a fairly quick read and that’s the only thing I enjoyed about it. If it’s one that sounds interesting to you then go ahead and give it a shot – just don’t hold your breath in hopes that you’ve found your next favorite read.A digital ARC was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! That one chapter has me absolutely, positively hooked and wanting more! A Thousand Fires has great potential and I look forward to reading it in its entirety. I can already tell that it will be full of twists and some unexpected surprises. It had a little West Side Story combined with Divergent vibe going on within that first chapter. That feel may change as the reader gets further into the book, but that was my initial impression. Now...how to wait until the book releases in November... Wow! That one chapter has me absolutely, positively hooked and wanting more! A Thousand Fires has great potential and I look forward to reading it in its entirety. I can already tell that it will be full of twists and some unexpected surprises. It had a little West Side Story combined with Divergent vibe going on within that first chapter. That feel may change as the reader gets further into the book, but that was my initial impression. Now...how to wait until the book releases in November...Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this excerpt.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Actual review: 2/5I really wanted to like this. Alas....Full review to follow.Find more from me:Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
  • Samantha Newnham
    January 1, 1970
    Did I download an excerpt on the word gangs in the synopsis and that’s it? Yes, yes I did. The one chapter was all I needed for this to be added to my TBR and I am ready for it to be November Rival gangs, revenging a death, lovers that can’t be together? SIGN ME UP!
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  • Grace Li
    January 1, 1970
    This book has everything I love about the Iliad, updated for the modern age. It brings all the glory, tragedy, and trauma of the Trojan War to a changing San Francisco, with characters both familiar and new. What a privilege it was to read this book.
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  • Kalyn Josephson
    January 1, 1970
    A THOUSAND FIRES is a beautiful examination of the changing face of one of America's most iconic cities.Set against the backdrop of a San Francisco wracked by gang violence and gentrification, ATFs takes you on the journey of one girl's quest for vengeance for her brother, and the lengths she'll go to get it. Val is an extremely personable MC, and she pulls you deep into her struggles of love, loyalty, and breaking free of her past. Through it all, the story constantly begs the quest A THOUSAND FIRES is a beautiful examination of the changing face of one of America's most iconic cities.Set against the backdrop of a San Francisco wracked by gang violence and gentrification, ATFs takes you on the journey of one girl's quest for vengeance for her brother, and the lengths she'll go to get it. Val is an extremely personable MC, and she pulls you deep into her struggles of love, loyalty, and breaking free of her past. Through it all, the story constantly begs the question, how do we fix ourselves when we're this broken? How do we respond to violence? What is the cost of revenge?Price's writing is fresh and easily digestible, and the thousand tiny details woven in that only a native San Franciscan would know really bring this story to life. I loved every second of it!
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  • Samantha (The Biblophage)
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK, GUYS! From the first chapter, I was hooked. Price writes like this is not a debut and you are here for the wild ride. Gangs, revenge, family, romance, betrayal — all wrapped into a beautifully effortless reimagining of The Iliad. I could almost picture the San Francisco neighborhoods and felt emotionally invested in the division between the Stags, the Boars, and the Herons. Toward the ending, I can’t lie and say that I wasn’t worried I would be disappointed but the last 15 pages left THIS BOOK, GUYS! From the first chapter, I was hooked. Price writes like this is not a debut and you are here for the wild ride. Gangs, revenge, family, romance, betrayal — all wrapped into a beautifully effortless reimagining of The Iliad. I could almost picture the San Francisco neighborhoods and felt emotionally invested in the division between the Stags, the Boars, and the Herons. Toward the ending, I can’t lie and say that I wasn’t worried I would be disappointed but the last 15 pages left me satisfied. High stakes but with a huge pay off, as soon as you get your hands on this, you’ll be dying to tell everyone and anyone about it.
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  • Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC from publisher via Edelweiss. Thank you Tor!Update: Five stars, I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a fast-paced, gritty book with a well handed heavy theme of war, love, loss and a search for redemption. Congratulations Shannon Price. I'm going to stalk you everywhere now. RTC!
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Sounds promising...
  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars round up! I just want to start off by saying that I found myself in Val. I connected to her in a way that I haven't in a long time. The last time I connected to a character so strongly, and actually found myself in them, was August Flynn from This Savage Song. I had read that over a year ago and haven't felt such a strong connection since. Val, however, made me connect to her in a different way. Her struggling to come to terms with her younger brother's unjust death, her finding calm 4.5/5 stars round up! I just want to start off by saying that I found myself in Val. I connected to her in a way that I haven't in a long time. The last time I connected to a character so strongly, and actually found myself in them, was August Flynn from This Savage Song. I had read that over a year ago and haven't felt such a strong connection since. Val, however, made me connect to her in a different way. Her struggling to come to terms with her younger brother's unjust death, her finding calm in self-harm, and her wanting to take out justice on those who destroyed what was precious to her and her family. Val and I had different stories, paths and outcomes, but it still hit close to my heart. 3 rival gangs in the Bay Area, San Francisco to be exact, get their picks to recruit a new 18 year old on their birthday. If the recruit accepts, then they are to remain in the gang and participate in the Wars for 1 year, which after they can leave or remain for as long as they wish. The chance of violence is certain, and their lives are always on the line. The Herons make up the "money bags" of the 3 gangs. They gentrify the city, bringing in outside corporations in the name of "improving" the city, when in reality it's to line the pockets of those up top. The Boars are the more violent ones, but they include of only San Francisco natives. They go against the Herons at every turn, often making extreme demonstrations. A Boar is also one responsible for killing Val's brother, Leo. Lastly are the Stags. The newest, and the smallest by far, of the gangs. Little is know about them, and most tend to ignore they exist. That is, however, until Val becomes a new recruit. The Wars are starting to get heated, and more questions are surfacing as Val tries to determine how far she would go to get justice for Leo. I fell in love within the first few lines. This was such a refreshing book, having a good pace all throughout. I personally loved how the story played out, and found myself getting nervous multiple times as I cheered for the Stags. I felt myself become wary along with Val, and I also had my heart broken many times as revelations and events happened. We get to know about many of the characters, but there's still more that could've been done. Micah and Val had the most development, but I really wanted to know more about the others. Jax, most of all, was one that should've had more revealed about him. There were too many blank spaces, too many gray areas, that needed to be filled. I also would have liked more info on how the Westons play into everything. i didn't feel that what we got was enough. I took off a whole star for this, making my review a 4/5. However, as you can see, I added the star back. Which brings me to my next point...I added the star back (but it's still 4.5/5), because of my reflection after i finished reading. I took an hour to myself before writing a review. I was upset at how this had ended. I wanted closure on certain characters whose fates were left up in the air. i wanted to know how the gangs reacted to the conclusion. i wanted to know everything. Then again, did I expect this book to end in a happily every after? Actually, no. I didn't. When I started, i didn't expect a happy end, but as i read and fell in love with the story and characters, I desperately wanted it to be true. This doesn't end in happily ever after, but it also doesn't end in tragedy. It ends with a feeling of hope for the future, and that life goes on. It's open-ended, and I actually came to appreciate that. While I wanted to know everyone comes out fine and that all my dreams came true, I know deep inside that this was a good ending. With all this said, I loved this book. I urge everyone to give this a shot. It deserves far more attention than what it's currently getting. I say with complete sincerity that I look forward to whatever else Shannon Price writes. I'll be first in line when that next announcement is made. If you take anything from this review, know that it's a remarkable contemporary that everyone should try to read at least once.ARC provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    TW: PTSD, self-harm, anxiety, suicidal thoughtsMore like a 3.5A Thousand Fires is one of those stories that examines conflicts that have festered over years. A thirst for vengeance that can never be sated. When the purpose, the grievances have been buried, but not forgotten. In this city full of warring gangs, their conflict has been ongoing for a decade. And the city has evolved around these moments of bloodshed and violence. Valerie is motivated by the loss of her broth TW: PTSD, self-harm, anxiety, suicidal thoughtsMore like a 3.5A Thousand Fires is one of those stories that examines conflicts that have festered over years. A thirst for vengeance that can never be sated. When the purpose, the grievances have been buried, but not forgotten. In this city full of warring gangs, their conflict has been ongoing for a decade. And the city has evolved around these moments of bloodshed and violence. Valerie is motivated by the loss of her brother, another death in the cyclical violence of the streets. A Thousand Fires deals with love, loyalty, and protection. What happens when we are trying to protect someone and we, ultimately fail? Or if we betray them while we are trying to shield them? I loved the themes and the questions we are asked - how can we stop the violence? Put a halt in the cycle of revenge and sacrifice? It's an endless cycle of violence that leaves a body count in cemetery places. Is revenge that enacts vengeance on old wounds the only way? A Thousand Fires was a promising debut, but something I wanted just a little bit more from. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I didn't like it or hate it. I enjoyed it a lot while reading, it's just not a book that I couldn't get out of my head days later, if you know what I mean. That being said, I definitely recommend you read it and see where you stand!
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I skimmed through this entire book to see if there was anything I was missing. But I was just bored and didn't see the point of the book. The ending was exactly what I expected and even less satisfying than I expected (which was a low bar). The MC wasn't intelligent to further the plot and that whole thing doesn't work for me.
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