Burning Kingdoms

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Goodreads Summary:

Danger descends in the second book of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.

After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park.

It is also a land at war.

Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven, but now they’re caught under the watchful eye of another king who wants to dominate his world. They may have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Internment with them?

I don’t really remember my reaction to Perfect Ruin  and I decided not to re-read it before I started this installment, I don’t think it hurt me too much, De Stefano makes sure to reference the major points and I didn’t feel confused at all. I liked this book, a lot of the reviews I saw on Goodreads said that this suffered the sequel syndrome, but I am going to go ahead and say that I disagree. No, there isn’t a ton of action happening, but that’s not De Stefano’s style so it shouldn’t be surprising. And this, like her Chemical Garden series touches on a lot of really deep thoughts and themes, there are some very existential concepts that Morgan is throwing around in this.

I still hate Pen, a lot, I’d like for Morgan to spend more time with someone else, like Judas. Judas and Amy took a step back in this book, and I understand why it happened, but they were two of my favorite characters so I was sad to see so little of them, but whenever they did arrive they brought with them some of the most revelational scenes. And I liked all the new characters. It was really interesting to watch the relationship that developed between Celeste and Morgan, showing that first impressions aren’t always correct (did anyone else have a “Legally Blonde” flashback with that sentence?). And Nimble is really interesting, I feel like he’s going to be a major player in the next book.

I’m also glad Morgan and Basil came to some kind of agreement, but I still want her to go for things with Judas. They are clearly attracted to one another, and while Basil supports her it seems more like a submission, he doesn’t challenge her at all like Judas does, or encourage her to try something new. Nothing against Basil, but I just don’t see how those two fit, though I understand all of Morgan’s reservations, it’s not like you can do a complete 180 overnight from the things you grew up believing.

I felt like this book was really centered on relationships, and it showed how each individual deals with this new world, war, and what it means for Internment. Morgan proved to be a strong one, though she can’t see that, and Celeste really showed her colors too. Pen (gah – I hate her, even when we find out about her past its hard for me to sympathize with her), is so selfish and takes out her anger on Morgan, I loved the moments Morgan stood up to her and put her in in her place, but I don’t think I’ll ever really understand her devotion to her. I don’t think Morgan is going to be able to achieve all she wants to if she keeps letting Pen drag her down.

I’m really interested to see how the last book plays out, it seems like we have a lot to cover though!

 

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