Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: Burning Kingdoms

Burning Kingdoms
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: March 10th, 2015
Hardcover, 320 pages
4 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

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 get buried in vast gardens, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park.

It is also a land at war.

Everyone who fled Interment 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 mat have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Interment with them?

Lauren DeStefano has a beautiful, brilliant writing style. I know she could make a grocery list sound wonderful and make me wonder what would happen next. Her Chemical Garden trilogy was amazing, the second book in the trilogy moving the story in a way I didn't think was possible. The second book in her Internment Chronicles proves she knows how to make a story move in the right direction. No longer on the island of Internment, Morgan and her friends find themselves hauled off as soon as their feet hit the ground. They are taken to the hotel that the advisor to the king owns and move in with his family. It had a bit of a Sound of Music feel with the kids on different ages and the strict father who looked after them without a mother. I loved it. Quickly, we find out that not all the kids behave the way they should. They sneak out to speakeasies and the theatre and we all know how well sneaking out works out. Most of the book circles around the group getting used to being on the grounds, seeing snow, eating new food and discovering new things.

There was a lot of tension, with Morgan and Pen, Morgan and Basil, and Morgan and her brother. It's there in the background the entire time, but rarely did it take centre stage. There isn't really a big plot in this one either, they are on the ground, they explore, and bad things don't start happening until the last quarter of the book. To me, it didn't matter too much because the writing was beautiful and DeStefano knows how to make a sentence become the most beautiful thing in the world. And I hope it means that Book Three will be action packed and involve the king more and having them potentially make their way back up to Internment. As a second book, I know there sin't much that will happen, this tends to be the way it goes, they are not always the strongest in the series, I wish there had been more moments between everyone. conversations to let us know how everyone was feeling now that they were off Internment and more inner dialogue with Morgan. There was so much focus on them being on the ground that I found I wasn't sure how they all felt about being down there. I was a also a little shocked when Morgan had a moment with someone who was not her betrothed and I'm not sure how I'll feel if that becomes a bigger plot line in the next book.

There are secrets, lies, tension and changes and it seems like so much is going to happen in the third book and I can't wait to ind out where our characters end up. Will they stay on the ground, no loner dreaming of living in the sky? Or will they find a way back up there and forfeit everything they've worked so hard to get away from? I for one can't wait.

"There is a need, in every world, to believe in things that cannot be seen."

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