Between Burning Worlds
by Joanne Rendell and Jessica Brody
The second book in System Divine, the Young Adult, Fantasy Retelling published by Simon Pulse on March 24th, 2020
Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series). A thief. An officer. A guardian. All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny… The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant revolutionary group has emerged calling themselves “The Red Scar” and claiming responsibility for a spate of recent bombings. The infamous rebels known as the Vangarde believe that in order to bring about a peaceful revolution, their charismatic leader, Citizen Rousseau must be freed from prison right away. Otherwise the bloodshed will only escalate. Soon Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette all find themselves pulled into battle with extreme consequences. Marcellus is determined to uncover his corrupt grandfather’s plan to seize Laterre—even if that means joining the Vangarde. Aloutte, trying to unearth the truth about her past, becomes a captive of Marcellus’s grandfather, the general. Chatine, who is serving time on Bastille, hopes to escape the brutal and horrifying reality of the prison moon. But the failed attempt to break Citizen Rousseau out of prison launches Aloutte, Chatine, and Marecellus into the middle of a dangerous war for control of Laterre. And in the midst of it all is the legend of a secret and dangerous weapon that could mean complete and absolute power to any that wields it.
I need more.
Between Burning Worlds was absolutely amazing.
The book picks up a few days after the end of the first one, Sky Without Stars. The pace was super quick while still taking plenty of time to give a whole crapola of backstory that we didn’t necessarily get in the first one. BBW was a perfect mixture of character driven and plot driven. And I could not get enough.
The three main characters: Alouette, Marcellus and Chatine were so amazing in this book. Chatine especially. She really grew into her own as well as her world. Chatine was able to grow so much as a person and as an essential character in this epic retelling of Les Miserables.
And for me to say that takes a lot. I adore Les Mis so much. I read the book and watched the movies and watched the musical production and the TV shows. I mean I really like it. It’s a classic. But System Divine is setting up to become the new classic for a new generation. The little hints and callbacks to the original were perfect in my mind. It wasn’t the greatest when I was reading because I constantly wanted to break into song but I do not have Hugh Jackman’s voice so it was not going to be pretty.
The cliffhanger was absolutely terrible and I need a resolution like yesterday.
I am a little disappointed that I figured out the twist in the end but it was a little obvious looking back on it. There were plenty of hints but the story is so captivating that you legit don’t pay attention to them until they are called on. I need more backstories and more everything. Also I need that ship that was teased to actually happen because I will riot harder than the french people if I don’t get it.
Let me know what you think!