I received this book for free from FFBC Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
Series: System Divine #2
Published by Simon Pulse on March 24, 2020
Genres: YA Fantasy, YA Science Fiction, YA Dystopia, YA Retelling
Source: FFBC Tours
Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).
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.
Just like the first book, Sky Without Stars, this was an incredible action-packed tale that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read. But also like the first one, it is a huge book. I mean, I guess that makes sense, seeing as it is supposed to kind of be a retelling of Les Miserables, which is a huge book by itself. I still haven’t had a chance to read Les Miserables, but having seen the movie, I feel I know enough to kind of get the feel for the story. This science fiction reimagining has so many twists and turns, and double backs and even possibly a bit of a love triangle. And as I got closer to the end, I thought, hmm, will what is happening be able to be all wrapped up in the number of pages left? And no, it wasn’t. While one problem that our heroes and heroines had been trying to solve was taken care of, another formed in its place as they thought they were safe.
Along with all of the things going on in this story, we got to revisit a lot of the same characters from before, as well as have some new ones introduced. For instance, I loved Etienne and his family. And Gabriel, although in a way he isn’t as new of a character as he seemed at first, as we find out as the story goes on. The science fiction aspect had some really great scenes with different planets and technologies. The connections to the French and English populations both in Les Miserables and how they are known today was so much fun to read. There were things in the dystopian elements that totally are relatable to things in today’s world, and I love how the authors wove that into the story.
As I mentioned above, not all the loose ends or major plot points were solved, one new problem was even created in a way at the end. That means we are looking forward to a book three, I hope/assume. I liked the way at the beginning of this we got caught up with what had happened in book one since it had been a year and like this one, it had so much in it, there was a lot to try to remember. I will be hoping for a similar way of catching us up when the third book comes out, like I assume it will in a year?
About the Authors:
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 four novels and holds a PhD in English Literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids, as well as online writing classes at Udemy.com and Lynda.com. Joanne is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, she divides her time between New York City and New Paltz, New York.
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