Title: Shatter the Suns
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Page Count: 528
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Sev must decode her mother’s last words to find the cure to Sleeping Sickness before her enemies find it first in this stunning sequel to Last Star Burning, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike calls “a rich and timely tale.”
No one is safe, not with a horrifying new strain of Sleeping Sickness tearing through the population. After fleeing the City with her friends, Sev has one goal: to find the cure her mother developed and put an end to the epidemic once and for all.
But decoding her mother’s last words—to seek out “Port North”—is easier said than done.
Nobody she talks to has heard of Port North, and with only Tai-ge and June on her side, Sev fears Dr. Yang will find the cure first, and that he’ll use it to start a new world order under his rule.
With no leads, Sev is running out of options—until she discovers someone hiding in the cargo hold of her heli plane. Someone she thought was dead. Someone with maps that could point the way to Port North, if only she could read them.
Unfortunately, the one person Sev never wants to see again might be the one person who can help her find the cure.
Shatter the Suns by Caitlin Sangster is the second book in the Last Star Burning series. The Last Star Burning series is a young adult science fiction/dystopian fantasy read that continues over from book to book with Shatter the Suns picking up right after the first book left off so it is best to read the series in order.
In the first book readers were introduced to Sev who was branded as a traitor and criminal when she was only eight years old, her only crime being her mother’s daughter. Sev’s mother had betrayed their entire nation and her body was displayed in a paralyzed half-sleep above Traitor’s Arch for all to see what happens when going against the city. Sev’s mother had brought the same plague into their safe zone that now keeps her on display reminding all those of her crimes.
When Sev was out with her only friend who still treated her as if she were still the same girl before being branded a bomb exploded injuring them both. When Sev awakens she found that the government was putting the blame for the bomb directly upon her so she had to either run or stay and possibly be killed for being a traitor, Sev chose to run and this installment picks up where the last left off trying to find the cure for the Sleeping Sickness.
Reading Last Star Burning last year the one thing I had absolutely loved with that opener to the series was that it had been non-stop action and adventure with a strong female lead. Starting out this second book of the series seemed the exact opposite of my feelings for the first book. The story seemed to drag on and not really want to take off and go anywhere this time. Really there wasn’t much in over a hundred pages and the one big thing that happened I was kind of scratching my head to remember as the author really didn’t do any kind of refreshing the story at the start of this book like most continuing series do. So it may seem really odd but this series went from a 5 star opening down to 3 with this second installment and hopefully it was simply a case of that dreaded middle book slow down.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Caitlin Sangster grew up in Northern California, moved to XinJiang when she was eighteen, and has been fascinated with how much she doesn’t know about the world ever since. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Asian studies and is the person you avoid at parties because she will probably start talking about Shang dynasty oracle bones. Caitlin lives with her husband and four children in Utah. For more about Caitlin visit her at CaitlinSangster.com, on Twitter @CaitSangster, or Facebook.com/CaitlinSangsterAuthor.