Series: Flashfall #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on November 14th 2017
Genres: young adult, Dystopian, dystopia, post apocalyptic
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Orion has survived the tunnels of Outpost Five, filled with mutant creatures and dangers around every bend. She has traversed the cordons, exposed to the radiation of the flash curtain and hunted by forces that want her stopped, dead or alive. Now, with Dram by her side, she has made it to the safety of the mountain provinces, where free Conjurors live and practice their craft of manipulating matter.
But Orion's story is far from over.
With the effects of the flashfall spreading and the might of the protected city of Alara looming, Orion must travel into the hands of her enemies once again. Heart-pounding action and adventure await in this sequel to Flashfall.
Many people are tired and have moved on from the dystopian genre. BUT NOT ME! As long as authors continue to come up with original ideas, I will keep reading them. And man is this duology an original story. Okay, so there’s a bit of a Red Rising vibe, but I DNFed that and I adore this, so it can’t be that similar.
I will admit, I didn’t like this installment quite as much as the last one, but I still really enjoyed it. My favorite thing about this duology is how tense it is, and how much I love the characters and their reactions when shit really goes down. Orion is a fighter, and she’s a badass. And Dram is the perfect love interest and support partner. Also, there are a lot of characters in this book, and they are all individual and standout characters.
When I started this book, it had been a while since I had read Flashfall. Usually I don’t have too much trouble getting back into a world, but for some reason this one took me a while to start remembering things, and I think maybe by the end I was still not fully back into the world. I think that may be my fault, and one of the reasons why I didn’t love it as much as the first. Flashtide was still a really great book though and I adore Jenny Moyer’s writing.
The last book found us in the outposts and cordons on one side of the flash curtain, but the second installment finds us on the other side of the flash curtain, and also underneath it. But that comes later. The world-building was just as strong on one side of the flash curtain as it was on the other.
It’s interesting, because while I was reading, I was wondering how in the HELL this resistance could ever work. It’s just that this is SUCH an oppressive society, and the author writes it so well, and I mean people are losing their fucking ARMS because they can do magic with them, so how they hell will they ever end this regime? And yet, it worked. Everything worked. The ending could have been a bit more polished, but I still really enjoyed it.
I feel like I should give a warning for potential readers, though. If you are suffering from depression, you might want to think twice about reading this book. It’s just very, very effective at what it does. The oppressive society feels so oppressive to the point where it feels like there is no hope, that the characters will never come out of this. I have mild depression and anxiety, and I loved it and came out okay, but I can imagine that this would get hard for some because these characters and world feel VERY real. Just wait until you are in the right frame of mind.
It’s truly a shame that the first book got very little promotion, because I think this book could have been a huge seller. I do hope it will catch on because the blend of science fiction and post-apocalyptic oppressive regime is as good as it gets.