Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book Review: Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Read: December 28th, 2014 - January 5th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: The Internment Chronicles #2
Format: ARC Paperback, 320 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for a review

Description from GoodReads:

   After escaping through the bottom of Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives aboard the great mechanical bird land on the ground to finally learn what has lived beneath their floating island home all these eons.

   The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and customers 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 caught under the watchful eye of another king that wants to dominate his world, they wonder if coming to the ground will drag Internment down with them.


   This story is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard
   I first read Wither, DeStefanos first book back in 2014 right before Sever released. The series had one of the most intriguing styles I've ever read. Those styles were transferred into The Internment Chronicles. The styles were perhaps my favourite parts of Burning Kingdoms. With our beloved characters finally reaching the ground it was fun to see their reaction to everything new. The way everything was new to them was even better, or how they wondered how their gods created such things. It was all truly heart warming to read about.
   DeStephano's characters also show their weaknesses and faults, while some other dystopian or fantasy books show their characters weaknesses as loving other or such. The Internment characters actually have faults, blindness, alcoholism, parental issues. DeStefano shows us these characters and embraces them rather then hide them. She showed us how each of them go on with their lives, how they all truly would live their lives among us instead of making them like these breakable people that everyone has to protect at all costs.
   Through out the book I felt like DeStephano was showing us secrets about what we completely miss in our world. How the king 'protects' his kingdom, but rather he's ignorant to everything around him. How the truce was fully embraced when something was offered that helped the king. It all portrayed our world today, even if it is supposed to be a work of fiction.
   Besides the somewhat slow pacing of the book, Burning Kingdoms was a deep emotional book that everyone should give a chance. The Internment Chronicles started with Perfect Ruin and will end on October 5th, 2015 with the final book in the series. I will definitely be picking up myself a copy of the next book when it releases.

   At first I was a little disappointed with the cover change for Burning Kingdoms, but now I think I'm enjoying it more. The only thing I'm disappointed in now is the fact that my editions don't match each other.


Favourite Quotes:

"Our little clouds have been holding out on us. Who knew?" - Pen

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, Imperfection

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