Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

WALK ON EARTH A STRANGERTitle: Walk on Earth a Stranger

Author: Rae Carson

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

I received this book for free via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher!

Lee Westfall has a dangerous secret. She can sense gold. When gold is nearby, she can find it almost immediately. During the Gold Rush, people would kill to have someone like Lee aide them in their search for riches. When Lee Westfall’s parents are brutally murdered, she decides that the safest place for her is across the country. Someone has discovered her secret. Disguised as a boy, Lee plans to run away to California where her ability won’t be under scrutiny. Everyone is finding gold in California and she’ll fit right in. On her way there, she travels with a ragtag group that gets to know her quite well.

There aren’t many books with slow pacing that I enjoy, but this one was a rare exception. Almost the entire book follows Lee on her journey to California and ends just when she arrives. Because we spend so much time with Lee on her journey, we get to not only meet a wonderful cast of characters, but we really get to know the characters in depth. There is lovely list at the beginning of the book with the entire cast of characters and if you get confused with any the characters, you can quickly consult the list! I thoroughly appreciated this list.

I am very eager to read the second installment in this series; I have a feeling there will be a good deal more action in the second installment than in the first. Especially with that cliff hanger! If you plan on reading this book, I wouldn’t put it off much longer! Walk on Earth a Stranger is a fascinating look at the Western world during the Gold Rush and is the perfect historical fiction to add to your shelves today!

4 our of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Rae Carson write books about teens who must do brave things. She is originally from California, but now lives in Arizona with her husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man she knows. Her books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. She especially loves to write about questions she doesn’t know the answers to.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

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