In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen year old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning This coming of age test not only decides her place in society Elite, Member, Inter or Trog but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King VictorBut these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out Good God what a waste of time this book was.I absolutely hated Silver she did NOTHING for me I wanted to jump into the book and yell WHAT ARE YOU DOING on many occasions The plot was just too obvious Okay, clearly this chick is going to be chosen for the Reckoning, clearly the King is going to have a totally cruel and twisted side regardless of his honorable reputation, and clearly Silver is going to try and find a way to escape.Now here s the part where I shut the book and threw it across Good God what a waste of time this book was.I absolutely hated Silver she did NOTHING for me I wanted to jump into the book and yell WHAT ARE YOU DOING on many occasions The plot was just too obvious Okay, clearly this chick is going to be chosen for the Reckoning, clearly the King is going to have a totally cruel and twisted side regardless of his honorable reputation, and clearly Silver is going to try and find a way to escape.Now here s the part where I shut the book and threw it across the room.So Silver and this guy who she s obviously crushing on but doesn t acknowledge it finally have the oppurtunity to escape Fantastic So they got on the train, find somewhere to hide, and boom The dude Silver works with is hiding on the train So, instead of saying Oh hey, you re escaping, too Great Shut up and ask questions later, this chick decides to drag her and the guy she s crusing on BACK into the castle and offers the lame excuse I thought it was too risky Really bitch You ve got be kidding me You re risking not only your life, but the guy who came with you, and running off the train because you saw someone else hiding already and said it was too risky What The Fuck I didn t even finish the book Quite honestly, if Silver can t find her brain and escape the King who raped one of the girls and kills for fun, then I ll use my brain and stop wasting my time and post it on ebay for someone else to enjoy Good riddance Silver Buy this book onor buy this book on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING I received a free hardcover of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.I just finished reading this title Full review to come.My rating system I do use half stars 5 I do not use the 5 star Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.4 I loved it There weren t too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it Buy this book onor buy this book on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING I received a free hardcover of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.I just finished reading this title Full review to come.My rating system I do use half stars 5 I do not use the 5 star Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.4 I loved it There weren t too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it A 4 star rating is the highest rating I ve ever given a book 3 I enjoyed the book, but there we re flaws that made me enjoy it less.2 I finished the book, but there were too many flaws for me to enjoy it.1 I could not finish the book, and I probably did not finish it Make sure to check out my post on 24th June 2014 for an interview with Kerry and a UK giveaway of Reckoning that will run for two weeks When I got my copy of Reckoning for review I had no idea what to expect The synopsis of Reckoning sounded amazing, but this is the first book of Kerry s that I have read so I was somewhat hesitant to start reading The Reckoning is a test that all 16 year olds on the 1st July have to take, which determines which section they belong to, Trogs, Intermediates, Make sure to check out my post on 24th June 2014 for an interview with Kerry and a UK giveaway of Reckoning that will run for two weeks When I got my copy of Reckoning for review I had no idea what to expect The synopsis of Reckoning sounded amazing, but this is the first book of Kerry s that I have read so I was somewhat hesitant to start reading The Reckoning is a test that all 16 year olds on the 1st July have to take, which determines which section they belong to, Trogs, Intermediates, Elites, or Members Silver takes the test and is a member, but her name is then selected to be an Offering, someone who is sent to Windsor castle to stay What happens to these offerings no one knows except that they never to see family of friends again.The minute I began reading Reckoning, I was hooked plain and simple I love that it is set in the UK, but not the UK that we know of, and I fell so hard and fast into this world that I found it hard to come up for air Silver is such an easy to like character, I had no problems instantly feeling sorry for her and how she lives I love her attitude towards life in her village with her family and friends, and her belief in what is right and wrong Her ability to take apart technological items from the past and use bits and pieces to her advantage She is selfless and caring towards her friend and his younger brother, and even ensures that her own gifts are shared with others.When she finds out she is an Offering I was shocked I knew it was coming I just didn t expect it so soon I had tears in my eyes when she was leaving home, that was only the end of chapter 7, knowing she would never see her family, her Mum or her brother Colt, or friends Opie and Imp again, knowing this would be the last time she sees them in her life, that she would die having this one last glimpse at them, broke my heart.Silver is an understated heroine that I instantly liked and rooted for Seeing how she struggles to live at home, and then how worse it gets at the castle, but still continue to believe that she can somehow make her way out, to go and see her family again is a true sign of determination and heroism Some of the things she does were so risky I held my breath, scared that she would get caught and punished for it.Imrin was someone who took a lot for me to trust, I could never tell why he did what he does and why Silver is so quick to ally herself with him Near the end of the book I was completely blind sided by what he does, just as I began to let my walls down he does something that I didn t think I could forgive him for Reading how the boys are getting on while the girls aren t also showed how nasty the girls can be While the boys seems to be getting on and taking advantage of their different roles in the castle, the girls only seem to want to stab each other in the back just for their own personal gain, and while part of me could see this as a way of keeping yourself alive, it also made it so much harder to find allies within your group, people who you can trust and know have your back.Just when I thought I had got the pattern of what to expect from everyone being at the castle, I was thrown completely off guard when I really got to see the King for who he truly is A vicious, evil, tyrannical, old man What he does to Wray completely shocked me, the brutality of the situation was not something I expected, but afterwards my guard was always up whenever they had to eat with him or even be in the same area as him.I had no idea what to expect from Kerry going into Reckoning, and I was surprised to find myself devouring the pages, needing to know what would happen next, wondering who would be safe or who would be the next victim of the Kings madness The constant change in events only left me guessing even , just as I thought everything was going ok something was thrown into the mix that made me re evaluate what I thought was really happening, and had me trying to figure out what could happen next There were things I did not expect to happen, and things I expected would happen but not in the way it transpired Reckoning was an unputdownable read, and I really wish I had the next book in my hands so I can see how this story plays out An outstanding story that s deliciously addictive and compelling I was literally blown away by this extraordinary debut that fuses together an eclectic mix of sci fi, Young Adult and Dystopia With subtle similarities of Divergent and also the Hunger Games, I was swept away by the sheer vastness of the plot packed with forthcoming premise Well written and addictive, I just could not get enough of this fantastic story that promises so much to come for the next instalment of the series The comp An outstanding story that s deliciously addictive and compelling I was literally blown away by this extraordinary debut that fuses together an eclectic mix of sci fi, Young Adult and Dystopia With subtle similarities of Divergent and also the Hunger Games, I was swept away by the sheer vastness of the plot packed with forthcoming premise Well written and addictive, I just could not get enough of this fantastic story that promises so much to come for the next instalment of the series The compelling fantasy world is remarkably original and breathtakingly inspired, with new concepts and captivating characters that are fascinating The archaic, historical feel to the story was also a wonderful unexpected surprise I loved the entire concept of The Reckoning basically when children of a certain age they are placed into four groups within society that determines their future work and place in life Elite Member Inter or Trog This was reminiscent of Divergent, but an action packed adventure like no other The authenticity of this novel was due to the English setting, with many familiarities that caused a wave of nostalgia to wash over me as I plunged into Kerry Wilkinson s chosen backdrop The Reckoning slots into the realms of possibility and so bridges the divide between reality and fantasy, in such a convincing way as to connect to its readers Containing a cast of unforgettable, likeable characters this multi layered, profoundly haunting tale is one that keeps you glued to the pages for hours on end Silver Blackthorn is an impulsive, brave heroine whom I instantly loved as she grew and developed throughout the book into a strong female protagonist As the truth is revealed to her in all its shocking brilliance, I was sucked into the story eager to find outFans of Young Adult books with a strong female lead, substance and depth and extensive, well conceived world building will be astonished this impressive book This hugely ambitious work stands out as something supremely singular and spectacular, within an enormously popular and incredibly competitive genre I am desperate to find out what happens, as after reading into the early hours of the morning I feel drained and so upset that I have finished reading How can you not love the gorgeous covers I would like to thank Kerry Wilkinson for providing me with a copy of The Reckoning the first instalment within the Silver Blackthorn series to read and review Publication Date May 22nd 2014 from Pan Macmillan