Title: Raging Star
Series: Dust Lands, #3
Author: Moira Young
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Length: 432 pages | 11 hours, 10 minutes
Source: Borrowed from my local library
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, feeding 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?
This is the first series of 2018 that I’ve finished. Huzzah! And a good one for that. As a series-ender, Raging Star was solidly good. It didn’t blow me away, but neither did it undercut the established characters, plot, or tension at all.
Saba is still incredible- she’s a great example of leadership in a crisis. And now that she’s got her head out of the sand, she’s making fewer (very bad) decisions. But of course, having to live with the consequences of all the bad decisions she made in book 2. And some of the group dynamics and tension come to a head in this book. As with the first two books, the pacing and tension is great. I don’t think I relaxed once while listening to it (that’s a good thing!)
I was unprepared for the emotional gut punch in this book, too. Thank goodness that scene came while I was at home, not driving, because I did get weepy. And then, a bit faster than I was prepared for, denouement and ending. And it was a fitting ending. And now, I am ready to move on to the next series!