Crown of Oblivion Book Review
Hi book lovers! Have you ever had a book give you a massive reading hangover? I’d heard rumours about them but before reading Crown of Oblivion by Julia Eshbaugh, I didn’t really understand. When I finished this book, I had such a hard time wanting to read something else. It took me twice as long to read the next book I read. I’ve been able to read a couple books since but it’s honestly made it so much harder to read after such a wonderful book!
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 (Goodreads description).
This book reminds me of The Hunger Games meets The Amazing Race. This is the dytopia novel that I’ve been waiting for since The Hunger Games. If you don’t know, The Hunger Games is one of my all-time favourite series so when I started reading this one I got so excited when I saw the parallels between the two stories. The parallels were strong and made me love the book even more. While reading, I spent a lot of time comparing the two in my head.
In fact, the main character, Astrid, is a lot like Katniss. She is driven by the love of her family and the desire to thrive in their society. They both have skills that they aren’t supposed to have: Katniss is an illegal hunter or “poacher” whereas Astrid has magic, something that the lower class are supposed to be inoculated from magic. Their main difference is their attitude about life and towards others. Astrid is a lot less sullen than Katniss is, which makes sense because they had completely different childhoods. They both believe that all debts must be repaid and are weary of being in debt to someone. However, Astrid is a lot more open to friendship and teamwork.
I really hope that it becomes a duology because I really want to know what happens with the characters next! I highly recommend you check out this book when it goes on sale on November 10, 2019!
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About julie eshbaugh
Julie Eshbaugh lives with her husband and son outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and spent several years producing a web series for teens that became an early YouTube hit and received several honors from the Webby Awards. She is the author of Ivory and Bone and its sequel, Obsidian and Stars.