Sunday, August 17, 2014

Raging Star by Moira Young

Genre:  YA/NA Dytsopian Fantasy
Dust Lands, Book 3

Note:  I recommend you read the first two books in this series.  Whatever you read below does have a bit of a chance to spoil some earlier plot lines.

Description (taken from Goodreads):
Her passion kept them alive. Now it may destroy them all.

Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo...until she meets him and finds herself drawn to the man and his vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to build a stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The young and the healthy. Under his control.

Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Presumed dead, he's gone undercover, feeing Saba crucial information in secret meetings. Saba hides her connection with DeMalo and commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, and her sister, Emmi, Saba leads a small guerilla band against the settlers and the Tonton militia. But the odds are overwhelming. Saba knows how to fight—she's not called the Angel of Death for nothing. But what can she do when the fight cannot be won? Then DeMalo offers Saba a chance—a seductive chance she may not be able to refuse. How much will she sacrifice to save the people she loves?

The road has never been more dangerous, and betrayal lurks in the most unexpected places in the breathtaking conclusion to the Dust Lands Trilogy.

The epic conclusion to the Dust Lands.  For those unfamiliar with this series, this world is set far, far in the future where humans and technology have kind of detsroyed the world and it's climate.  Those that survive barely get by with what they have, and they work the earth to feed themselves.  But when a man known as the Pathfinder offers a good life filled with work and food for the select few, people have a hard time telling him no.  That is until Saba's brother disappears and she ends up in the middle of the mess.  Lo and behold a revolution is brewing...

After getting to see what DeMalo's new world has to offer, Saba has decided to fight it.  Living a life with work and food should be for everyone, not a select few.  And Saba just can't agree with DeMalo's idea of family.  But how do you fight a war without turning into the bad guys you're currently fighting? And how many people living in New Eden are there by choice and not forced into it?  As Saba tries to answer these questions, she figures out how she's going to win the war.  But she needs Jack and Lugh to support her if she hopes to survive this.

Honestly, I absolutely loved this series.  But this book?  It felt kind of cookie-cut bland in comparison to the other books.  I loved Saba's tale and watching her grow up and lead people towards freedom.  But in the end, I was kind of left wondering what the point of all of this was.  I guess I didn't agree with the ending or it went exactly as suspected.  Which meant I was a little bored.  And it could be the fact that I've waited a year between books and lost momentum in between.

This is a lovely fantasy dystopian that I think others will enjoy.  However if you have a hard time with modified English speak (think Hagrid in Harry Potter), then you're going to struggle with these.  But I think the 'twang' gives this series its personality, and I especially loved that part about it.

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