Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3)Book Review:  Raging Star

Author:  Moira Young
Published:  May 2014
Series:  (Dustlands #3)
Genre:  YA Dystopian

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo and the Tonton...until she meets him and he confounds all her expectations with his seductive vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to create and build a healthy, stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The few who can pay.

Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Still uncertain, her connection with DeMalo a secret, Saba commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, anxious for the land in New Eden, Saba leads an inexperienced guerilla band against the powerfully charismatic DeMalo, in command of his settlers and the Tonton militia. What chance do they have? Saba must act. And be willing to pay the price.

My Two Cents
Saba... I expected more out of you!  In Blood Red Road you were so sure of yourself and what you had to do.  You let men get in your way and for that, I am deeply disappointed.  I was really hoping Raging Star would fix Saba and let in more fantasy, like the first book in the series.  But sadly the only awesome book in the series is the first and it just goes down hill from there.  Saba is not sure what needs to be done to defeat DeMalo and as a result she relies heavily on other people to dictate her actions.  And a plot I'm beginning to notice in YA fiction is really hitting a wrong note with me.  Why does Saba have to keep secrets from her friends?  Wouldn't it just be easier if she came clean and then everybody would work together to find a solution instead of all this fighting?  Why?  And the ending?  Let's just say everything major happens in the last 5 pages.  But what happens after?  Who can lead these misguided people?  Will Jack forgive Saba?  There are too many things left unsaid in Raging Star.  Perhaps the only positive thing I can say about this book is Young took a somewhat boring plot, wove her magic, and had you turning the pages as fast as possible.  The addition of a "mystery" character who is going behind Saba's back keeps your eyes peeled for any clues.  Sadly, this wasn't enough to sing praises to Raging Star, 3 out of 5 stars.  Read Blood Red Road and somehow be content. 

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