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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Raging Star by Moira Young

Raging Star (Dust Lands #3)
by Moira Young
Random House
ISBN: 978-0-385-67924-4
Suggested Ages: 13+
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Description: 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 Good Stuff
  • Excellent character development for Saba
  • My favorite part I cannot go into because,  as River Song would say, Spoilers.  But lets just say I always disliked Lugh
  • Plenty of twists and turns & some big surprises
  • I know a lot of readers couldn't deal with the language in which it is written, but I truly feel it adds to the story and makes it more believeable
  • Fabulous world building
  • Saba is a flawed, yet interesting character (well without that weird relationship with her brother - dislike him)
  • You can see how DeMalo has captured everyone's interest, and you kinda understand his way of thinking. It's not right, but you can see why people follow him.  Would be interested in a book about him
  • Look forward to see what Moira Young comes up with next
The Not So Good Stuff
  • The ending felt a little rushed and the pacing was off
  • Honestly I think this series would have been positively brilliant if it was only two books.  I feel this about many trilogies, but lets face it, this is what sells.
  • A lot of cliches
  • Many of the secondary characters had potential, but they were kinda left hanging in this conclusion

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The first cut was made. An before we knew it, before either of us could stop it, he got cut from me and me from him. By fate an chance and destiny. By death and betrayal. By wounnds to the soul too big to be spke of. By secrets and half-truths and lies.'

"He's got a lifetime of scoundrel knowhow."

"That gift from the past to the future, which is now. I'm hopeful fer new Eden. Fer the earth and the sky. The wanter an te trees. The beasts and the people.
If I'm  hopeful fer myself, I hope fer no more than this. That beyond the horizon, somewhere, someday, I can live with myself and what I've done."

“You have a rare fire within you. The power to change things. The courage to act in the service of something greater than yourself.”

3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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