Rampant

Author: 
Diana Peterfreund
Blurb: 
Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries. However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student ... an attraction that could jeopardize everything.
Rampant
Representation
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Female protagonist: 
Yes
Protagonist of Colour: 
No
Queer relationship: 
No
Publication
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Publishing date: 
2009
ISBN: 
0061490008
Publisher: 
HarperTeen
Comments

Comments

Contains: 1) a scene with a negatively stereotypical portrayal of Romani people; 2) a rape (offscreen; unrelated to warning #1).

There's nothing I can say to defend warning 1 (except that it's over quickly); it was a throwaway plot-device that could easily have been avoided. #2 is in my opinion, handled well; not gratuitous; and importantly, explicitly acknowledged as BEING rape, when the fact that it falls outside a popular narrow definition of rape could easily have kept it from being given its due gravity by a less conscious writer.

On a hopefully more positive note, although the protagonist is a white, straight girl from the US, the supporting cast is international and multiracial and almost entirely female; and the sequel, Ascendant, features two of that cast becoming a couple. Also awesome unicorn mythology and social commentary on the concept of virginity.

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