Friday, April 8, 2016

Broken Crowns ~ Lauren DeStefano [@LaurenDeStefano @simonteen]

Broken Crowns (The Internment Chronicles #3)
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
March 22, 2016
272 pages
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War rages everywhere and Morgan is caught in the middle in the haunting conclusion of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.

The city is falling out of the sky…

Morgan always thought it was just a saying. A metaphor. The words of the dying. But as they look up at the floating island that was their home, Pen and Morgan make a horrible discovery—Internment is sinking.

And it’s all Morgan’s fault.

Corrupted from the inside by one terrible king and assailed from the outside for precious resources by another, Internment could be destroyed because Morgan couldn’t keep a secret. As two wars become one, Morgan must find a way to bring her two worlds together to stop the kings that wage them…

Or face the furthest fall yet.

In Perfect Ruin and Burning Kingdoms, the first two Internment Chronicles books, Morgan, Pen and the others discovered what both Internment, their floating island of a city and the ground were like. Contrary to what they had been told or what they wanted to believe, neither was quite a utopia. In fact, neither seemed safe for them or others.

There's the threat of war in Havalais from Dastor, the bombings they already endured. Havalais, neighboring Dastor, and Internment are all under the rule of kings who seem more interested in oower than protecting their people.

The other things they have discovered about the ground, though, is that while it's rulers may not be any better, the people themselves are not to be feared.

With the knowledge that the Havalais' king's trips to Internment are causing it to sink, they will need to find a way, working with some from the ground, to correct things. Try to save everyone.

Broken Crowns is, in some ways, a bigger book than the fist two. It is definitely still about the characters, their relationships and their choices, but now it's focused around the two kingdoms, their rulers and the desire to save each of themselves - form each other and themselves. Neither the ground nor Internment can be a refuge from the other place, its laws, restrictions and dangers. It is time for change.

Only attempting that change can very likely lead to treason changers, death, or both. Morgan will have to decide how much she's willing to risk - and how much she wants things to be different.

I really liked how in Broken Crowns you can really see how much the characters have grown up since the beginning. They aren't as idealistic as they once were, but they also aren't jaded and willing to let things stay as they are. In the end, characters made decisions you wouldn't have expected from those Perfect Ruin characters but that fit with who they've become and what they've experienced.

Broken Crowns does a very nice job bringing together all that's happened or was learned in the first two books and giving it a conclusion. I don't think I agree with one part of the ending but I do understand it.  These books have shown us a world far different than what I expected when I first started Perfect Ruin and I loved it, the characters and how they ended (well, except for one bit but Im working on that).

review copy received, from publisher, via NetGalley

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