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Burning Kingdoms: The Internment Chronicles, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Second, stronger installment focuses on characters.

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Lauren DeStefano's eloquent prose perfectly captures the on-the-brink feeling of power and possibility, of being "young and bright and waiting to see what we are capable of." Without pandering to teens, she creates a believable, relatable narrator; questions about where we feel at home, how to love each other, how to protect each other, even how to be mad at each other, and where to place our faith are explored with a fine, deft touch and a lyrical ear for language.

The new world in which the group finds itself is as vividly realized as Internment was in Perfect Ruin and provides a lot of food for thought, especially in contrast to Internment. The story never veers offtrack but builds tension steadily to an ending that, now that we're so invested in the characters, will have us continuing to think long after finishing and eagerly anticipating the next installment.

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