The History Makers Kindle Edition
by Val Bodurtha (Author)
Imagine what the world would be like if the ancient Azteca civilization was still alive and contemporary today. Imagine a world of stone pyramids, all-powerful priests, and a caste-system interspersed with iphones, fancy cars and DJ’s at parties. Imagine a handful of people who know the truth—the sun WILL rise tomorrow with or without a blood sacrifice. Now, imagine you’re a teenaged girl with high ranking. What would YOU do when you discover the truth?
This is the world Maya inhabits until she’s accidentally kidnapped by members of the rebellion, those who want to stop the sacrificial theocracy that rules her portion of the world.
WOW! What a unique plot! Truly, mesmerizing. I found myself, more than once, thinking THIS SHOULD BE A MOVIE!
Bodurtha’s characters are fully functioning human beings with flaws AND moments of grandeur. Maya is a spoiled, over-indulgent, 17-year-old Kim Kardashian wanna-be in the beginning and I just wanted to slap the snot out of her. However, she grows and develops into a mature, purposeful, endearing person of compassion and determination. By the end of the book I loved her!
Tezca, the young leader of the rebels has so much on his plate. He’s not much older than Maya and yet, he’s running a rebel camp, planning and carrying-out complicated raids and trying to change the world. At first, the two of them don’t seem to be a fit of any kind. But, Tezca sees something in Maya even he’s surprised to find.
Tona is funny and wild and fearless. He’s Tezca’s best friend and Maya’s shoulder-to-lean on. In my head, I pictured him looking and acting a lot like Taylor Lautner’s character Jacob Black in Twilight—without all the wolf-y teeth and hair.
Then there’s Amihan. She is Maya’s age; she’s Tezca’s best friend (co-founder of the rebellion); she’s NOT Aztecan, but Asian and she hates Maya. She hates her enough to kill….
These characters are but a small part of a very big story. The plot is so unique and so different from anything else I’ve ever read. It’s filled with unexpected twists and turns and surprises. It’s incredibly large in its scope—to change a whole civilization—and yet personal enough to cause changes in just one girl. I truly enjoyed the authors skill in weaving the ancient Mesoamerican Azteca into the contemporary world. Although… I think the book lacked a small amount of background material. How would America and current president of America and the members of the United Nations react to the daily slaughter of sometimes hundreds of human beings in service to Sun Gods who may or may not exist? I wish we could have explored that avenue just a little.
HOWEVER, I must remind myself that I’m a 52-year-old grandmother and this book was written for Young Adults and teens. They probably don’t really care about the political background of the world in this book or in their own world. LOL
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a quick read (mainly because you can’t stop yourself from reading) and it’s an imaginative, creative world to be a part of, if only for a little while.
I gave this story an enthusiastic 5 stars~