Review: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
5 Stars , Reviews / August 20, 2018

The Poppy War is a fantastic read that I am sure will make Best Of 2018 lists come time later this year. It pulled me in REALLY fast! It starts with the main character, Rin, going in to take an exam. We don’t know anything about her or what the exam is for, but its immediately clear that the exam is serious business, and I think the lack of back story before this just made it incredibly intriguing. I wanted to know more about Rin and also more about how her life would change if she passed the exam. We learn Rin is a war orphan, and of foreign heritage. Because the war left so many orphans in her land, families are paid to take them in. Rin’s guardians treat her more like a servant than a child, and as she matures, her worth turns into what they might be able to get in exchange for arranging a marriage for her. Of course, Rin is not the least bit excited by marriage, and especially not by the much, much older man they have selected for her. Passing the exam offers Rin a new and much different life. She is eager…