Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dust Lands Trilogy (books 46, 47, and 48)

                    By Moira Young

I didn't write reviews for the two books that came before this in the series because they were rereads for me. I read them to refresh my mind before I read the concluding novel. In this review I am going to provide some background from the first two books before I dive into reviewing Raging Star. When I first started reading Blood Red Road I was a bit thrown off by the grammar and spelling errors. Soon I was able to read without them bothering me and I began to understand why Young wrote the way she did. It made Saba a more constant and reliable narator. The books are set in a post-apocalyptic desert world. There are artifacts from the past that have weird names. At first the names confused me. I couldn't tell the difference between the bolt shooter and the fire shooter. As I read on a began to skim over the names and just focus on the idea of the weapon. At the end of Rebel Heart I was angry at Saba. She was selfish: she forgot her sister was kidnapped, almost killed herself, slept with the enemy, she used Tommo's feelings against him, and lead Maev to her death. At the beginning of Raging Star I understood why her team didn't fully trust her. For the whole entire book I was focused on Creed and Tommo. I thought one of them was the traitor because of their hate for Jack and their distrust of Saba. I began to focus on Tommo though for a bunch of reasons. Saba said that Tommo was a better kisser the last time he kissed he and Molly had been sleeping with the traitor and teaching him what she knew. I thought that he got better at kissing because Molly ahd taught him. Tommo also had a bracelet that matched DeMalo's, I figured that was the symbol to the Tonton. He also had the twine. I was so sure that it was Tommo that when I found out it was Lugh I was beyond shocked. Emmi had been shot and was dying and I was already blown away and then Lugh turned out to be the traitor. The shocks kjept coming when I realized that Tommo was DeMalo's son, Lugh died, and I found out that Sabahad been pregnant but haad miscarried. In the end all loose ends were tied up. Tommo found his dad (even though he died right after). Peg built her flyign machine. Jack and Saba worked out their issues. Molly realized her heart's desire was Creed. Molly was pregnant with Lugh's son. Saba restarted New Eden including all people. All in all it was one of the best concluding novels in any trilogy.

City of Heavenly Fire (book 45)

This book stood up to all of my expectations for Cassandra Clare. She finished the Infernal Devices series so well that I was expecting alot out of this book and I can safely say that I was not dissapointed. One of my favorite parts of the book was that it combined characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices. We got to meet Emma and Julian right off the bat in the prologue. I am so excited to be able to read the series as soon as it comes out. I am already loving Emma and Julian but inside I am screaming at them no tto become parabatai because if they do they can't love eachother. In the begining of the book there were so many referneces to Tessa that I couldn't wait until she popped up in the book. She protected the London insitute and was the reason that Jocelyn changed her last naem to Fray (F for Fairchild and the rest was based of Tessa's last name Gray). Brother Zacariah was also changed back into Jem. I wished that he could have told Emma that he was related to her so that she would have some kind of blood family. I don't really know what to say about the rest of the book because I had so many feels and they is just so much that happened. I was expecting alot of people to die and was kind of dissapointed that the only really big character to die was Jordan and he dies fairly early into the book. I am happy that none of my favorites died but it seems a bit unrealistic that during such a dangerous war none of the main characters died. Theonly other characters that died were Amatis and Raphael. Sebastian also died but before he died we got to see the person that he could have been if he didn't have demon blood. Jocelyn and Luke finally got to get married and Alec and Magnus got back together. Jace and Clary were perfect of course. Poor Simon though. He had to scarifice himself and his memories to allow his friends to get away. Izzy and Simon were doing so well as a couple and then he had to go and forget her. he said he still dreamed of her but the book ended and you never got to find out if Izzy and Simon worked it out and became a couple again. When the Dark Artifices come out I hope the characters of The Mortal INstuments pop up every now and again so I can see how their characters are doing. So excited! Cassandra better write faster!