Book Review: “To Best The Boys” by Mary Weber

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The task is simple: don a disguise. Survive the Labyrinth. Best the boys.

In a thrilling new fantasy from the bestselling author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, one girl makes a stand against society and enters a world made exclusively for boys.

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if 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 train in wifely duties and men pursue 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 is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.

Welcome to the Labyrinth.


Rose-Worthy Features

Now I’ve mentioned this before in another blog post, if the main character isn’t enjoyable it’s hard to like the book, luckily Rhen was awesome! She was so badass and brave! I loved her! Out of all the characters I’ve read from this list, Rhen is most definitely my favorite. I loved how passionate she was, whether it was about her education or her family, Rhen was a strong character.

The relationships in this book adorable, my favorite being Seleni and Berryl! I loved how different their personalities were, Beryl’s shy and timid, while Silenini is loud and outgoing. Rhen and Lute were like definitely forbidden lovers. With them both coming from different backgrounds, and Rhen being courted by another guy. I liked Rhen and Lute together though.

I loved the dystopian feel to this fantasy book. It made the book more entertaining and unique. With the disease that is slowly spreading and killing people, the gender roles, this book was full of different conflicts surrounding this world.

Even though I loved this book in the end, it took me a while to get into the plot. Once the plot took off, I couldn’t put the book down! So many events were happening, there was drama and danger, it was AMAZING! The plot was so engaging and full of different surprises!

The ending of the book is by far my favorite! With different plot twist coming at me one after the other, this book was not leaving my hands anytime soon. Especially since I couldn’t predict anything that was happening.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out 5. Like I mentioned in the introduction, this book is literally, Mulan + Maze Runner + The Hunger Games, in one book. I definetly recommend this book. It’s the perfect fantasy read and I highly recommend this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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‘To Best The Boys’ by Mary Webber

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