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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Capria Rodalia: Special Illustrated Edition by Sidney Grace McPhail tells the story of how a young girl named Amaryllis goes from being a member of the lowest class to the girl who went up against the system (with a little help, of course). When Amaryllis gets caught stealing from a farmer's field (which she regularly did) to feed her family, she fears that a long prison sentence and eventual death would be the consequence. As a Stoleh (the lowest class in the world), she could not expect anything else. But her destiny was supposed to be quite a different one: instead of reporting her to the Guard, the farmer sends her and his son Bennett off into the State, where the two have to live as Haridites (a higher class, but not the highest). The two teenagers are not sure what their mission actually is in the beginning, only that it might be quite fatal if they were discovered. Surviving in a school where the curriculum is not the only challenge for Amaryllis is just one of her problems. There are rumours about a secret behind a locked door, and about a group of rebels hiding in the Wilds.
Capria Rodalia by Sidney Grace McPhail is an intriguing story set in a fantasy world that in parts reminds me of a medieval Europe with twists (just with an incredibly strict class separation system in place). Amaryllis, the main character, does not know what is happening to her for quite a while, and can only make assumptions. The reader has the same problem - but this is quite refreshing because it makes you want to read on to find out whether you are right or wrong about your suspicions. The book definitely doesn't get boring at any stage, and I would recommend it to teenagers, young adults and all young at heart readers who enjoy a good story.