The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2) by Jessica Spotswood

The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2)

In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It's a decision that must be faced whether you're balancing on the tightrope of ne...

Details The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2)

TitleThe Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2)
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Short Stories, Anthologies

Reviews The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2)

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    After a fairly shaky first half, I adored the second half of this. All the characters are the best, basically. ★☆☆☆☆: 0★★☆☆☆: 1★★★☆☆: 2★★★★☆: 5★★★★★: 4My average rating for this anthology was a surprisingly high... 4.0. Did you expect that? Because I totally did not. Halfway through this anthology, I was prepared to give it a big old three, and then I hit three five stars in a row and this happens...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Definitely the weakest of the two anthologies in this series. My favourite was definitely Sara Farizan's 'Take Me With U'!Daughter of the Book by Dahlier Adler - 3.5/5 starsYou're A Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee - 2.5/5 starsThe Magician by Erin Bowman - 3/5 starsLady Firebrand by Megan Shepherd – 4/5 starsStep Right Up by Jessica Spotswood - 2.5/5 starsGlamour by Anna-Marie McLemore - 4/5 starsBetter For All the World by Marieke Nijkamp - 3/5 ...
  • alice (arctic books)
    You can find this review and others at arctic books2.5/5 starsI’m starting to think that anthologies are just Not For Me. The past few anthologies that I’ve read had good content, but I just haven’t been into them as much as I wish I had. That being said, THE RADICAL ELEMENT contains amazing short stories from stellar YA authors.These twelve short stories are diverse in so many ways – there’s queer people, people of color, people with d...
  • Acqua
    The Radical Element is a historical fiction anthology about radical and dauntless young women throughout American history. It follows girls ahead of their times, marginalized girls, girls who were in some way unconventional.It’s the second book in a series. The first, A Tyranny of Petticoats, followed brave and “badass” girls; I read it more than a year ago, and I remember having mixed feelings on it. I liked this one a bit more, though it ...
  • Clara
    I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A friend of mine recommended me the first anthology, so when this one has been added to Netgalley I knew I had to ask for it. If you don't know what it's about, The Radical Element is basically an anthology about all those women who didn't fit in the society they were born in and who had to fight to get a chance to be heard.It's always so hard to review anthologies, and it's ...
  • Stacey Lee
    I'm excited for this collection of important stories from little-heard voices, and hope you are, too! I just finished this book, and here are my thoughts on each story, for those wondering what's inside. Daughter of the Book, by Dahlia Adler. Rebekah wants to learn the Torah, Hebrew, and about the prophets, subjects off limits to girls in Savannah 1838. Dahlia writes with such command and understanding that suddenly Rebekah's struggles become the...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.As an American girl in the past and the present the decision to respect yourself can sometimes be challenging and radical. You have to face it whether you're neurodivergent, a second-generation immigrant, or facing racism. Self-respect is the only decision when you've weighed societal expectations and found them wanting. In this anthology, twelve talented YA authors present stories...
  • Kate Olson
    This short story collection has been my at-work read for the past month and I read bits every day during lunch at my desk or in our school garden and during our cuddle up and read days in the library when I sit down and read right alongside my students. I can’t speak highly enough of this collection as it brings together 12 amazing female YA authors, shines light on often-unknown elements of history, and features such a wide array of characters...
  • Kristen
    I'm not a huge fan of short story collections. To me, they either don't give you enough of the story to feel it was worth your time, or they get you hooked and then leave you wanting more. I decided to request this arc from Netgalley because I am a fan of Jessica Spotswood's writing. Overall, I ended up liking this more than I expected. It was extremely diverse and feminist. Here's my individual ratings for each story:Daughter of the Book by Dahl...
  • Xiomara Canizales
    "If we limit equality, we can never be truly equal" Rating: 3.5Anthologies are hard to review and rate.The stories are short and straight to the point so you are not going to find too much depth in them. The main subject of the stories it is 'girls who find their way in an atmosphere where everything has against them'. I think is the best way I can describe the book in one sentence.The stories take place in the US, the authors did their best incl...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Fave stories: Daughter of the Book (Dahlia Adler), Better For All the World (Marieke Nijkamp), When Moonlight Isn't Enough (Dhonielle Clayton), and Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave (Stacey Lee)
  • julianna ➹
    average rating: 4 stars (which is honestly perfect, because I hate half star ratings in general)Uh, wow, after the first two stories in this anthology were pretty lackluster I got scared that this anthology was going to be overall, extremely disappointing, but thankfully the stories after definitely improved!I also completely agree with all three sentiments from Elise's review, I honestly wish there was more intersections within the characters ra...
  • Marina
    3.5I was introduced to Jessica Spotswood through her first anthology project A Tyranny of Petticoats, which featured 15 stories about badass women. I don’t remember much of it, but I know I gave it a 3/5 rating because the stories were good and fantastical, but nothing special or memorable for me. I decided to give this one a go since I’m into anthologies lately, and to see if these are better than the first collection. I wasn’t disappointe...
  • Lucie
    Actual rating: 3.83 stars (you do get weird ratings when you read anthologies)I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Reviewing and rating anthologies is usually tricky, because you can't always love all of the short stories they are made of; yet, for The Radical Element, I can say that I enjoyed all of them and that the messages the anthology was trying to get through were executed well. The Radical Element is an ...
  • thepessimisticreader
    4.25 starsA copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.1838: Savanah, GeorgiaDaughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler⭐⭐⭐Interesting and educational about the Jewish faith, I did not know that women were not allowed to learn the Books of the Torah. There was very little action and it seemed to end abruptly.1844: Nauvoo, IllinoisYou're a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee⭐⭐⭐The ma...
  • Keri
    The Radical Element is a collection of short fictional stories that gives unique glances into lives that aren’t usually thought about when one reflects on history. Reading these tales, I found that they both inspired me and made me laugh, which in my opinion are some of the best things that books can do. I’m typically not one to pick up short story collections, so I was surprised to find myself enjoying this book far more than I expected to. ...
  • Ingrid
    ** An ARC is generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler - 3 stars.This story is about a Jewish education. I really enjoyed our main character Rebekah Wolf, but didn't care for the love interest or the plot that much. You're a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee - 3.5 stars.This story focuses on the Mormon history. I enjoyed the writing style but wasn't fully invested in the plot.The Magician...
  • Alexa
    This is a shortened version - read the full review on my blog.LGBTQAI+: Sapphic main and side characters in a couple of stories, and a transgender man LI in oneSex on page: NoI received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have so much love to give to this anthology.At first glance, I loved the way the stories are in a chronological order, and the year + setting is clearly stated right before every story. Then I started rea...
  • Dawnie
    *Thanks to Netgalley, the Publisher and the authors for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review!*I thought i would love this book way more than i ended up doing. But on the other hand i honestly expected this anthology collection to be a bit more... science based? Maybe that is my mistake from taking the title to literally. All 12 stories in this book are good. They are interesting, they show great pa...
  • Shenwei
    a few of the stories took a while to get into/didn't engage my interest as much but overall, I enjoyed the anthology and appreciated the inclusion of multiple WOC, whose stories were what made the anthology for me.if there's another anthology like this one I would hope to see Native girls' and trans girls' voices & stories included.
  • Greyson [Use Your Words]
    A Tyranny of Petticoats Series Ratings:A Tyranny of Petticoats: TBRThe Radical Element: ★★★★— Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.We need empathy now more than ever. We need to read stories about, and especially by, voices that have been traditionally silenced and erased from history. We need curious, open-minded, open-hearted teenagers (and adults!) like you.The Radical Eleme...
  • Ben Babcock
    Last year I reviewed A Tyranny of Petticoats , which came on my radar because I received it in a Book Mail box from Book Riot. When I saw The Radical Element on NetGalley, I wanted to see how the second volume of this anthology series compared. Thanks to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the eARC! I adored this book for what it is, and while I didn’t love every story, it was a great end-of-the-week read.The Radical Element is also edited by J...
  • Isabella
    Tatsächliche Bewertung: 3,7 Sterne. Es leben die krummen Zahlen von Anthologien!Spaß beiseite: Wenn ihr gerne historische Fiktion lest, die nicht nur Geschichten umfasst, die schon tausend Mal erzählt wurden, dann seid ihr hier richtig. Zwölf Autorinnen sind zusammen gekommen, um zwölf Geschichten zu schreiben, die allesamt von Mädchen erzählen, die sich den Erwartungen ihrer Zeit nicht fügen wollen, die für ihren Platz in der Welt kämp...