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Suns Will Rise: System Divine, Book 3

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Third in sci-fi series ramps up the suspense and intrigue.

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This epic sci-fi series finale turns the action and suspense up to 11, and this time the quieter moments add even more tension for a real page-turner, even at over 700 pages. Off-world exploits include a thrilling raid on a massive spaceship that would be at home anywhere in the Star Wars franchise. But it's also compelling because at its core, the central theme is as basic and broad as humanity. And amid all the excitement, this story provides a lot of food for thought about what humanity means, how we show it, who has it and who doesn't, and lots of issues wrapped in its many aspects, including justice, compassion, crime, education, revolution, loyalty, and more.

A lot of parallels with Les Misérables are back to the forefront in terms of plot, too, with barricades being built and real revolution in the air. Reading the series in order is recommended to get a better understanding of the characters and events so far. But there are helpful maps and a character list that recaps the events in the second installment. With lots of other people living on Laterre, and lots of other planets in the system, there's room for lots of other stories, too, but this one definitely comes to an end in a sweet and satisfying way.

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