Top Ten Tuesday: Characters who would make great leaders

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is ten characters who would make great leaders, which is super fitting for election day.

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First up we have Darrow from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising saga.  Do I remember a lot about Red Rising?  No, not really, which is one of the reasons that I still haven’t picked up Morning Star.  But do I remember that Darrow was awesome?  Yes, absolutely.

Next up is Starr from Angie Thomas’ bestselling debut, The Hate U Give.  Starr is put in an almost impossible position as the sole witness to her childhood friend’s tragic death.  Stuck between the expectations of her fancy prep school friends and the real-life implications of the shooting in her neighborhood, Starr has to figure out how to do the right thing without letting anybody down or creating any additional problems.

Then there’s Victor from V.E. Schwab’s Vicious, probably the most controversial pick on my list.  It’s true.  Victor’s a villain.  But this guy has serious leadership potential!  And, in his own way, he is the leader of his group of misfits.  (Side note: I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.)

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It’s been a long, long time since I read Peter F. Hamilton’s Void series and I honestly remember very little of it, but I do remember Edeard being a great leader.

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Both Rose Calloway and Connor Cobalt from Krista & Becca Ritchie’s massive Addicted/Calloway Sisters series easily make the list of great leaders. While Connor is logical, refined, and cunning, Rose is a perfectionist who wouldn’t hesitate to tear out the heart of her enemies (and look great while doing it).

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I’m maybe cheating with these last four picks since they actually are official leaders in their books, but next up is Prince Kai from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series.  It’s true that Kai starts out the series primarily as a love interest for Cinder, but as he grows up, he becomes a strong, morally sound leader who isn’t afraid to stand up for his people.

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I’m definitely cheating with Lady Jane Grey, who ruled England for nine days back in the 1500s.  I’m not sure if the real-life Jane Grey was quite as awesome as this fictionalized version, but the Jane from this book made an awesome leader.

And what about Alexander Hamilton?  The amount of attention this guy is getting now is insane.  There are so many books (above: Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz) written about him, a musical so popular that people wait months for tickets, and suddenly everybody is interested in his life. Why was he never president?

Finally, I’m going with Prince Rhy Maresh from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series.  While Rhy comes across as a flirty playboy as the series begins, he grows as a person and a leader as the series comes to its conclusion.

Who are your favorite fictional leaders?

Book review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Eli and Victor started out as college roommates. They had a shared interest in ExtraOrdinaries, those people you sometimes hear about who have superhuman abilities. If you’re familiar with the tv show Misfits, that’s the kind of people we’re talking about here. Only, Eli and Victor’s interest went far past your normal curiosity. They not only wanted to know how EOs came to be, but also how to create them.

Fast forward ten years, and Victor is getting out of jail. Eli is the town’s hero, having just taken down a bank robber. Victor knows that something is off with Eli, and he knows that he needs to be stopped. But if Eli is a hero, and Victor stops him, does that make him the villain?

There are no clear-cut answers in this book. Nobody is purely good or evil. Everybody seems to fall into a kind of gray area, where they might be doing bad things, but at least they’re doing them for a good reason. I can see how this might turn some people off, but I personally loved it.

If I say much more about this book, I’ll get into spoilers, and it’s better to go into this book without knowing what to expect. I’ll just end this by saying that the first half is definitely better than the second. I’d give the first half a solid five stars, while the second half is more of a three. It evens out to four for me, and I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel, Vengeful.

Final rating: ★★★★☆