I hope everyone had a wonderful, book-filled weekend! I know I did! One of the books that I got to enjoy over the holiday weekend was Erin Bowman’s upcoming Retribution Rails, the captivating companion novel to Vengeance Road. I won’t be posting my full review until we’re a bit closer to release date, but I will say that I just loved this book! It’s an utterly immersive adventure full of unforgettable characters and some simmering romance to boot!
Retribution Rails was actually the first YA novel set in the “wild west” that I had ever read, and Bowman’s mastery of setting and dialogue was so impressive and immersive, it got me thinking, what other YA western novels am I missing out on? So I did a little research and came up with this list of YA westerns to help get me started!
YA Novels Set in the Wild West
Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
About Retribution Rails
REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.
In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.
- Title: Retribution Rails
- Author: Erin Bowman
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
- Pub Date: November 7, 2017
Have you read any of the books on my list yet? What are some other wild west YA novels I need to add to it? Have you read Vengeance Road?