Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart Book Review!

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Title: Rebel Wing (The Diatous Wars #1)
Author: Tracy Banghart
Release Date: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment 
Source: Sent for review
Rating: ★★★1/2


The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality. 

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

This is a new release of the previously self-published title Shattered Veil.

My Review: 

I didn't know what I was expecting going into Rebel Wing. The premise excited me and I first came across it when I did my author spotlight on Tracy Banghart when it was then called Shattered Veil

To clear up any confusion, the original self published novel, Shattered Veil, was picked up by a publisher and given a different cover and name but otherwise, it's the same story.

Rebel Wing starts off with Aris, living in the country aka dominion of Atalanta, in the region of Lux with her boyfriend Calix. Atalanta is at war with another dominion, named Safara. Calix gets drafted into the military since Atalanta is losing the war and is in desperate need of soldiers. 

Aris, who is an extraordinary pilot and in her region, everyone uses small planes as transportation, gets offered the chance to be a pilot in the military disguised as a man. She leaps at the chance, in order to keep Calix safe and to be as close to him as possible.

The things I liked about the novel was the character development of Aris, who becomes strong and brave by the end without becoming a heartless killing machine. I appreciated the feminist subtext and showing the different kinds of strength that each of the female characters had and that strength wasn't just to be able to kick ass.

The politics of the story were interesting and I wish we got to see more of that than just the capture of Galena, the Ward of Ruslana. (Another dominion.) 

We didn't get a lot of explanation as to why things were the way they were and the structure of this society. Was this is a post apocalyptic world, hundreds of years into the future or an alternate timeline? Banghart could have done more to explain the world to us and I hope she expands more in the sequel. 

Another thing that wasn't explained was the government's justification for not letting women enlist in the military. Dianthe speaks on a woman's choice to do what she wishes, including joining the military, but in this society, what are women's choices? I didn't see any inequality or sexism against women besides this rule and it was a strange plot hole that women joining the military was about the only thing they couldn't do. What about minorities or LGBTQ people? Are they allowed in the military? Are they treated any differently in this world? 

Rebel Wing is entertaining and I enjoyed Aris' journey. 

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