Title: Between burning worlds (System divine #2)
Author: Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell.
Genre: YA, fantasy, retelling, Science-fiction, dystopia.
Publication date: March 24th 2020.
Publisher: Simon pulse.
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.
Rating: 4 stars!
Be aware that this is a sequel, could contain spoilers for book one! See my review for Sky without stars here!
Most series could learn a lot from this sequel, it had such a great recap at the beginning of the book! Which is always necessary, since there is often a year in between releases of sequels!
I really enjoy the writing in this series, it just reads so easily and fast! I feel like I was flying through this almost 700 page book!
At the end of the last book I was quite frustrated with Alouette and Marcellus. Still not a huge fan of Alouette, since I feel like she was just being stupid, and slow to realize things.. Marcellus made up for my annoyance though! He really did some good and smart things in this book!
The plot felt quite slow going, even though things were happening, most of the action felt quite mild. But I quite enjoyed the pace, but I do think some parts could have been skipped over, just for the story to be a little bit faster.
There were some plot twists, some I didn’t see coming, but some were very obvious and that annoyed me a bit. That is also my main reason for taking a star of the rating.
Another thing I didn’t really like was the words written in French or kinda French.. I didn’t really see the point, they just had to explain some of the words in that way, and it didn’t make the retelling part more accurate.
The ending surprised me! I was convinced this was a duology, but now I’m really hoping this is a trilogy, since I really need more! That ending gave me so many questions!
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
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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