The Rithmatist Book Review! | Finally, A Finished Book!

Hi friends! I FINALLY FINISHED A BOOK* so it’s time to post a review!

*in case you didn’t know, I keep adding books to my currently reading shelf without finishing any. I know. I’m dumb. It’s a talent.

The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson’s New York Times bestselling epic teen adventure is now available in paperback.

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

This is roughly my sixth(?) Sanderson book and my third YA novel by him*! His world-building and magic systems are always the highest quality you can expect.

*i’m not counting Mistborn cuz that’s kinda in between adult and YA?

In case you live in a hole (and have really good Wi-Fi considering that you’re reading this post TEACH ME YOUR WAYS) it’s 2019 now!

And we’re all over dystopias. However, Sanderson did an incredible job of making this feel not like a dystopia but more…like an alternate reality with magic. The magic system was very mathematical BUT I UNDERSTOOD IT. Well, most of it anyway…I may have (to the surprise of no one) gotten lost around the time we hit ellipses. But Sanderson interwove the world-building through journal pages, and simple, everyday conversations!

Now Joel. He um…he didn’t really stick out in my mind. Look, if I don’t fall in love with them or adopt them as my forever children then do they really exist??? It’s the same with Melody Muns, I appreciated her character but didn’t really feel much for her.

that plot though.

It was weirdly entertaining yet boring in the beginning? IT’S HARD TO EXPLAIN. Not very much was technically happening but I was content to sit back and just fly through the pages! I mean, sure I was hoping it would speed up or get twistier, and add a touch of intensity, but the last 100 pages delivered just that. Every single time I think I know where Sanderson’s going and he does and I’m like HAHA I’M SMART but then it turns out he was just playing me for a fool.

That is indeed the ending of this book.

And there’s no release date for the second one in sight??? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DEALLLLL.

Anyways, the magic system with drawing and geometry was really interesting and original. Especially considering how much Joel WANTS to be a Rithmatist, and studies the theory, but can’t actually bring chalkings to life.

I will say that the writing is very plain and simplistic, which isn’t my favorite! I like pretty sentences. I’m all style and no substance(jk). But really, I just wish his writing was a little more sophisticated.

In general, this book was very original and has a LOT of potential for a couple of future installments but the “mystery” was slightly disappointing? Obviously, it’s not really a mystery book but I like mysteries and want more from them. Although the conclusion was totally amazing. The characters could also use a dose of “UNIQUE FAIRY DUST” because they were low-key predictable. And the plot! More meat on the plot bones please!

So overall, this was kinda disappointing? But it was such a nice, enjoyable read that was easy to fly through with a great ending! Tell me: have you read this???

10 thoughts on “The Rithmatist Book Review! | Finally, A Finished Book!

  1. mm now I’m a bit less excited for this one haha. Still planning on reading it though! I really need to read more Sanderson! so far I have only read Mistborn first and second trilogy (or something), but really curious what he will do with other worlds!


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  2. honestly congrats, ive really been struggling to finish books lately… im glad you gave it a go even though. it was a bit disappointing! 🙂 I guess some people just aren’t cut out for a bit of Brandon Sanderson? sometimes? cos I was so disappointed with steelheart and couldn’t get into the way of kings so idk where this is heading…

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