Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger
Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy (Book 1)
Genre: YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publication: September 22nd, 2015
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
I really, really enjoyed this novel! Rae Carson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Similar to her other series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson is marvelous at creating strong female protagonists. She probably write my favorite YA heroines I have ever read. In this novel, Lee/Leah Westfall is able to combat the sexism in society during the time of the California Gold Rush and all the other tragedies thrown her way.
Rae Carson is also queen at creating the best female friendships that are not torn apart by petty jealous but sustained through mutual trust and love. Also, the romance in this novel was subtle, but it was perfect for the pace that events were occurring at.
I don’t usually read historical fiction about the Gold Rush-era, but I enjoyed reading about the different encounters the crew faced while traveling west. I thought Carson did amazing at portraying the journey, and I could truly feel like I was there with Lee.
I also really enjoyed how Carson dealt with the social issues during that time period. The sexism, discrimination towards Native Americans, wariness of gay men, and fear of foreigners were all dealt very well in this novel with Lee encouraging acceptance of everyone.
The only thing that made me subtract half a star is that the ending left me slightly unsatisfied. I know it is going to be a trilogy, so I have two amazing books to look forward to; however, I thought the last 3 pages were rushed.
I cannot wait for book 2!