To Best the BoysTo Best the Boys by Mary Weber
Resume : Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.
In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.
With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
i got the book inside my fairyloot crate this month. and, since i knew it was going to be that book, i was dying to read it. i like feminist book where girls prove to men they are at least as good as them. or better.
so. when i got it this morning, i had to read it. spend the day to it aaaaand… well. i do not know what to say.
i liked the book. really. i loved rhen. i loved her cousin. i loved lute. i loved the world building. and the labyrinth’s tests. but once i’ve read the last page… i was like « is that it ? » as in. i would have wanted more. more tasks inside the labyrinth. maybe more bad and freaky stuff too. as in, it was my favourite part and it was over before i could really enjoy it. too bad.
so, it’s going to be a 3.5, rounded at 4. i would really have enjoyed a longer book. but it was great !

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