This is the first series of 2018 that I've finished. Huzzah! And a good one for that. As a series-ender, this was solidly good. It didn't blow me away, but neither did it undercut the established characters, plot, or tension at all.
Saba is still incredible- she's a great example of leadership in a crisis. And now that she's got her head out of the sand, she's making fewer (very bad) decisions. But of course, having to live with the consequences of all the bad decisions she made in book 2. And some of the group dynamics and tension come to a head in this book. As with the first two books, the pacing and tension is great. I don't think I relaxed once while listening to it (that's a good thing!)
I was unprepared for the emotional gut punch in this book, too. Thank goodness that scene came while I was at home, not driving, because I did get weepy. And then, a bit faster than I was prepared for, denouement and ending. And it was a fitting ending. And now, I am ready to move on to the next series!
“Raging Star” is the final book of the Dust Lands series. There was action but it felt like there wasn’t enough action. The author focused a lot more on drama but relating this book to “The Hunger Games” series, there wasn’t much drama in that series. The plot also changed and also focused more on drama than action. I feel like there should have been more action because the book felt boring. Not to mention, it’s the final book of the Dust Lands series and it’s supposedly the spectacular ending but, it wasn’t. As a matter of fact, the ending was very disappointing compared to the first two books. Throughout “Raging Star”, everything was slow paced and focused on drama but towards the end, there was a sudden jolt of action. It was like the most random spark of action and at that point, I didn’t really care what I was reading about. I wouldn’t recommend reading “Raging Star” but if you’ve read the first two books and enjoyed them, you might like this novel. 2/5 stars.
- @Riddikulus of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
OK. Definitely pulse pounding and exciting as I tore into this series ender. Crying, laughing, and trying not to rip out my hair from the Saba-DeMalo-Jack thing going on. The ending (by that I mean, last 50 pages) was so sudden I was reeling. But hey, that's Saba for you. I felt the ending (by THAT I mean last 2 pages) was definitely lacking, probably the reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5.
After reading the first two installments in this series I was aching for the final installment. This book did not leave any hearts untouched; by the end everyone and everthing had been torn apart and rebuilt. This was definitely a well written ending to a intriguing series.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS SERIES!!! It was a really neat take on what our future is going to be like as well as dialect wise. The whole love triangles going on got a little confusing considering there were so many, but in the end it worked out okay for some (tears were shed). Do not expect a happy ending...
My favorite characters are still Jack, Emmi, and Saba but fortune never sides with them (again more tears were shed). I recommend this series to anyone into dystopian/futuristic/science-fiction writing!!!!
“Better than The Hunger Games”- MTV’s Hollywood Crush
Raging Star is the third book in the Dustland series by Moira Young and is by far the best book in this trilogy. In this book, Saba - the main character – is getting ready to defeat Demalo and free the people of slavery, she plans to create a safer, and better future for people of New Eden. But throughout the book Saba has to make hard decisions and keep secrets that could decide the fate of not only her and her family but everyone in New Eden. Along the way she meets people that are willing to help her with a “rumble” causing Demalo’s kingdom to fall and to help heal New Eden. My opinion was like I wrote before, it’s the best book in the trilogy, because Saba overlooks the idea of using weapons and she thinks deeper. She thinks that if she causes cracks in the foundation of New Eden she can break the whole thing open causing the system to fall. That is also why I think “Raging Star” is the perfect title for this book, it shows not only the rage of Saba trying through the whole series to try and set the people free. It also represents the rage of the citizens of New Eden, who have had enough of being pushed around and being poorly mistreated. “Raging Star” symbolizes the coming together of New Eden and the start of the rebellion that will one day hopefully bring freedom to the land of New Eden.
I loved this series. I loved the characters. I LOVED the landscape. I loved dialect (and I especially loved that I kept on keepin' on despite the awkwardness of the dialect at first). I have started several students on this series and while it is not for everyone, you would be surprised how many students really cleave to Saba and her gang despite the difficult reading material and odd sentence structure. It's a GREAT story! There were a few things I was unhappy about but only because I wanted more of them (more Emmi, more traveling, more conflict with DeMalo, more JACK, never enough Jack). On the whole though, I loved the message and the follow through in the trilogy, it did not let me down as many often do.
Final Recommendation: Obviously your gonna finish the series, if you like kick-butt heroins, super-cool dystopian landscapes, adventure & a sprinklin' of romance
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