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We rule the night
2019
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Summary
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight--for their country and for themselves--in this riveting debut that's part Shadow and Bone , part Code Name Verity .

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she's caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They're both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women's military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can't fly together, and if they can't find a way to fly well , the enemy's superior firepower will destroy them--if they don't destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a fiercely compelling story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival against impossible odds.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-This action-packed Russian-inspired fantasy features two strong-willed but very different teenagers recruited to join a squadron of female aviators conducting night bombing raids against their country's enemy, the Elda. Their country, The Union of the North, is energized by Spark magic and aligned by Weave magic. Even though doing Weave magic is illegal, it's practiced in secret. Traitor's daughter Revna, 17, is a struggling machine factory worker, with living metal prosthetic legs. When the Elda bomb her city, Revna uses the Weave to save a member of the feared Skarov (espionage agents with shape-shifting abilities) from getting killed and is caught. Instead of jail, Revna is invited to join an all-female aviator regiment. Bronze-skinned Linné, also 17, joins, too, after her disguise as a boy fighting in the Union army is discovered and she's dismissed. Along with 11 other young women, they train to use their Weave and Spark to combat Elda's firepower. Revna and Linné dislike each other on sight but are stuck as flying partners. Linné knows Revna's a good pilot but thinks her disability makes her a liability. Dangerous missions force them to commit morally untenable acts, while they also endure the derision of male pilots and officers who don't think they belong. VERDICT For fans of Leigh Bardugo's "Shadow and Bone" series, Gennifer Albin's Crewel, or Kathryn Lasky's Night Witches, who like complex, multivolume feminist fantasies, full of sharply realized characterizations, intriguing magical elements, and twisty plots.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
When Revna lost her legs, her father stole living metal to make her prosthetics. That got him arrested and their family demoted to second-class citizens; now, Revna works in a factory, harnessing a legal form of magic to aid the Union's war effort. When she accesses the Weave, the illegal magic, and is spotted by the Union's spy network, she never expects to be recruited. Linné's infamous war-general father thinks she's at school, but she's disguised herself as a boy to join the army. When she's caught, she's recruited into the same program as Revna: a women's military unit where girls use the Weave to fly two-man planes in a fight against an enemy with vastly superior weapons. When Revna and Linné are paired together, neither is thrilled; hard-edged Linné has made few friends among the girls, and she sees Revna, with her prosthetics, as a liability. But if they can't work together, they have no chance at all. Though set in a fantasy world, Bartlett's high-concept debut takes its inspiration from the WWII-era Soviet Night Witches. Rich characterizations and an enemy that, while it looms in the background, never feels quite as threatening as the country the girls are fighting for complete a story set against the bright, brutal backdrop of war. A breathless series starter from a new voice to watch.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2019 Booklist
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