I have been finding picking up a book actually quite difficult this last week, I think because I have too many options for my day now, thankfully this book has got me right back in the mood to read.
All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny…
The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant revolutionary group has emerged calling themselves “The Red Scar” and claiming responsibility for a spate of recent bombings. The infamous rebels known as the Vangarde believe that in order to bring about a peaceful revolution, their charismatic leader, Citizen Rousseau must be freed from prison right away. Otherwise the bloodshed will only escalate.
Soon Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette all find themselves pulled into battle with extreme consequences.
Marcellus is determined to uncover his corrupt grandfather’s plan to seize Laterre—even if that means joining the Vangarde.
Aloutte, trying to unearth the truth about her past, becomes a captive of Marcellus’s grandfather, the general.
Chatine, who is serving time on Bastille, hopes to escape the brutal and horrifying reality of the prison moon.
But the failed attempt to break Citizen Rousseau out of prison launches Aloutte, Chatine, and Marecellus into the middle of a dangerous war for control of Laterre. And in the midst of it all is the legend of a secret and dangerous weapon that could mean complete and absolute power to any that wields it.
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I have been looking forward to this book ever since I read the first in the series, Sky Without Stars, this time last year. I think sometimes that anticipation and expectation does mean that you can sometimes run the risk of being bitterly disappointed but that was definitely not the case with this book if anything it exceeded my expectations.
In Between Burning Worlds it definitely breaks away from its original inspiration and becomes this suspenseful and engrossing adventure of a book. You can still recognise that it stemmed from Les Mis, some of the characters names and the characters arcs are similar but start to really come into their own and weave a story that has had me utterly gripped. Which is impressive as it is quite an intimidating book at over 650 pages long but once I got sucked into the world of the System Divine I hardly noticed.
One thing that I was so grateful for at the start of the book; and I really do think that authors writing series should include more; was a recap of each character, which helps you remember where everyone was at the end of the first book and helped me recall some of the key plot points. It meant that I didn’t feel like I was having to try and figure it out whilst reading the first few chapters and could actually just enjoy getting back into the story.
Chatine continues to be my favourite character, I love her strength and determination even though she faces some very bleak situations. I’m glad to say that I’m happy with where Marcellus’s journey is taking him, that he is becoming more of his own person. I am also pleased that Alouette has more character in this book, I wasn’t really all that sure of her in the first book but she actually has a purpose now and there are a lot of intriguing questions about her past and her future that made her sections a lot more enjoyable.
There are also a host of new characters that have popped up in this story, which I am enjoying especially as it plays with the dynamics that were created in the first book with the main three. There are also a lot more stressors in this book, the power plays are coming from all angles, there are some surprises and it makes for some very intense reading as we discover new parts of this world.
Between Burning Worlds is an amazing continuation of the series, it has the same wonderful world building but with even more drama and tension and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.
Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.
Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels and holds a PhD in English literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids and is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, Joanne divides her time between New York City, and New Paltz, New York.
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