To Best the Boys
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To Best the Boys

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Perfect for fans of The Scorpio Races and Caraval, To Best the Boys is a new fantasy novel from the beloved and bestselling author of the Storm Siren trilogy, Mary Weber.

"To Best the Boys is an addicting read." -JODI MEADOWS, New York Times bestselling author of The Incarnate Trilogy and coauthor of My Lady Jane

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.

"Atmospheric, romantic, inspiring." -KRISTEN CICCARELLI, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara

A "Hunger Games/Handmaid's Tale mash-up." -BN Teen Blog
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 146 x 220 x 28mm | 413g
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • 0718080963
  • 9780718080969
  • 21,218

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'Romance, family devotion, and the power of female friendship round out this provoking tale . . . ' * Hope by the Book, BOOKMARKED review * '. . . unique worldbuilding and a strong, courageous heroine who breaks the stereotypical gender rules and who will make herself an enduring place in readers' hearts. An enjoyable, exciting new read.' * Booklist * 'From the first page To Best the Boys is explosive.' * The Nerd Daily * 'Perhaps my favorite thing about this novel is the ability it has to stay grounded, to show us characters who are so often unrepresented and to remind us that we all can fight and play our part for a better world and a better future.' * Bowling Green Daily News * 'This was impossible to put down and absolutely engrossing -- I was fully enveloped in this world and contest. . . I highly recommend for all lovers of YA fantasy.' * YA Books Central, 5/5 stars * 'This book is one of a kind. We couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. There's something for everyone.' * Swoony Boys Podcast * 'Weber's fantasy delves into themes of social class, feminism, gender roles, and love.' * School Library Journal * 'Feminist YA that Doesn't Disappoint' * School Library Journal *
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About Mary Weber

Mary Weber is the award-winning HarperCollins author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Sofi Snow duology. An avid school and conference speaker, Mary's passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she's not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80s hairband songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking LA bands and the ocean. She gets nerdy at maryweber.com; Facebook: marychristineweber; Instagram: maryweberauthor; Twitter: @mchristineweber; and Goodreads.
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1,155 ratings
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4 40% (462)
3 22% (256)
2 7% (78)
1 1% (14)
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