The Continent (The Continent, #1) by Keira Drake

The Continent (The Continent, #1)

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two nations remain perpetually locked in combat. Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of battle, a thing long vanished in the peaceful realm of the Spire. For Vaela, the war holds little interest. As a sma...

Details The Continent (The Continent, #1)

TitleThe Continent (The Continent, #1)
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
Publisher Harlequin TEEN
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews The Continent (The Continent, #1)

  • Cait Califa
    I received an arc copy of this book on a giveaway so I spent no money and I still want a refund or a brain wipe to erase it from my memory. The inside cover has a small scrawl from Kiera Drake saying that she hopes I enjoy my “trip to the continent”. Sorry to say, I very much did not enjoy it. I basically spent a couple of hours reading almost every racist stereotype in existence. DEAR GOD, how was this even published?There are two warring si...
  • Celeste_pewter
    3/19 update: Oh no. We're still talking about this book? I've read the updated version. My review has not changed. ***11/25/16: ETA: Review here:***Yes, I did read it. I read it - after putting it down a month ago, when the first chapter failed to capture my interest - simply so I can provide information for anyone who seems to think that this book shows us how to be ~better~ as humans and isn't a white sa...
  • Aslee
    edit 2/19/18: (so apparently all those rewrites keira drake was supposed to be doing didn't fix a Damn Thing. yall..... if this book was a person id fight it in a Wal-Mart parking lot.)It's racist trash, and I'm getting really sick and tired of my genre being fucking corrupted by bullshit like this-- A black groundskeeper, a pack of "savage" men obviously based on First Nations people, and a wise, calm ninja "with almond eyes".And, of course, the...
  • Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    My first hint should have been the fact this is a Harlequin Teen novel. Romance novels make me roll my eyes too much but a YA romance makes me roll them so hard they get stuck to the back of my head. The Continent is a perfect example of an eye-rolling, face-in-palm planting, groaning out loud “why am I still reading this?” YA romance. Vaela Sun of the Spire is celebrating her sixteenth birthday. The Spire is a technologically advanced countr...
  • Anna Priemaza
    Note: This book is being revised based on feedback from marginalized voices, which is great. I have not yet read the revised version. If you're interested in these issues, please take some time to listen to and consider the varied opinions and experiences of marginalized voices before coming to any conclusions.--------Previous Review:The best word I can think of to describe this book is POWERFUL. Because it's powerful on every level.It's powerful...
  • Denisa
    Apparently this book is Super Fucking Racist. Calling natives "red skinned", calling them "savages". From what I've heard, the main character is a white girl who's going to save these native people. How did this book get published? *side eyes this book so hard*
  • Emma
    After what several trusted authors/reviewers/book people have said on Twitter today, there is no way I'll be reading this book.
  • Fen'Harel
    Update: 15/5:Read my review:'s an excerpt: "The Continent was released as an ARC in 2017 for willing participants who would give a fair and valued response to the book. I feel both of those words no longer apply to the reviews I see on GoodReads most of the time now. When the ARC was released, reviews hit her GoodReads page, and not all of them were fair.Assumptions were made, accusations were thrown, and a...
  • Jessica
    How did such racist fuckery get so many 5 star reviews?
  • Chelsea Sedoti
    Review removed until I read the updated version of the book (expected release in early 2018).
  • Christaaay - Christy Luis Reviews
    *Updates on Controversy at End of Review*4.5 STARS "Snow and ice, miles and miles of treacherous wilderness…Let’s be honest—it’s not the scenery that has every citizen in the Spire clamoring to see the Continent. It’s the war.” Premise : Vaela Sun is going to the Continent. Citizens of the Spire, a peaceful federation of nations, rarely get a chance to visit the mysterious Continent, but it is the focus of much curiosity and speculati...
  • Erin Dunn
    2016-05-04 you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing a free ebook copy of The Continent By: Keira Drake in exchange for an honest review. One thing I pride myself on when reviewing a book is honesty. I think that is the MOST important part of reviewing ANYTHING. So in the spirit of honesty I will tell you that I had NetGalley request regret with The Continent. #RequestRegretThat has never happened to me ...
  • Liana
    how about we stop publishing racist books that present native Americans as 'savages' , use the white saviour narrative and oh, only have extremely stereotypical Asian characters?
  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    Wow this book was so beautiful! Such heartbreak and beauty in one amazing story! I loved Vaela she was such an awesome heroine and man Noro! Can I have a Noro for myself *swoons* I can't wait for book 2!!!!!
  • ☆♥☆Kotyonok꧁꧂
    2.5 stars, again, I want to round up, because FUCKING IDIOTS GAVE THIS 1 STAR WITHOUT READING IT--seriously, why are you people on a reading website when you don't fucking read? The best description I can think for this book is linear. It's a very linear storyline--there's a beginning, a crash, a mode of survival, a romance, a conflict, a war, the end. One event flows into the other quite predictably and there are no surprises.The romance is cute...
  • Weezie
    I'm not sure how this book even got published. White savior complex, PoC willing to do anything to protect the precious white girl, and calling Native/Indigenous people 'savages' and 'red skins'.Keira Drake, I'm not your savage and you can suck it.
  • Kuzu
    In fairness to Drake, I've updated my review to reflect my impressions of the full, revised version of the book. And in fairness to everyone, the best I can say about this is that it's a misguided attempt at a narrative about oppression, written by an author who clearly doesn't understand the devices she’s using well enough to use them properly. Having read many of the critiques of the advance copies, pre-revision, I’m startled by the apparen...
  • Debbie
    You may recall that, back in 2016, there was a lot of pushback to Keira Drake's The Continent. I recommend you read Zoraida Córdova's critique on November 7, 2016, at YA Interrobang. It is excellent. In response to the intense conversations on social media, Drake and her publisher, Harlequin Teen (a division of HarperCollins), decided to postpone the release of The Continent to give Drake an opportunity to revise it. I wonder if their decision i...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "You must reserve your pain for quiet moments. You must not let it soften you, but rather you must become sharpened by its edges, made stronger by its grip. When it claws at your heart, you must roar back. This is not a place for softness."If that quote doesn't reach inside of you and squeeze your soul then you are in deep trouble.Borrowed an arc from JT!! He received it at ALA Orlando!! Thanks!! I didn't know what I was getting myself into with ...
  • Kaylee
    I don't normally do this type of thing, but the fact that this book was written and published is beyond me.I don't want to read racist books that portrays Native Americans and Asians as "savages" and portrays the white protagonist as the white savior. The fact that the publishers saw nothing wrong with this book is absolutely ridiculous.I've never heard of this book before all of this drama started. I am glad I've never heard of it before. Books ...
  • Bitchin' Reads
    8/22/2017 Update (Note that there are spoilers further down, so avoid if you care about being spoiled.) There is something I have been thinking on from a few conversations I've had with several people on and off Goodreads. It is regarding racial inequalities in the United States and my place/role as a white person amidst it all, and I've come realize that it is a very precarious position to be. (I can only speak on behalf of the United States, si...
  • Sierra Abrams
    look at that cover JUST LOOK AT IT'S GLORY