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The Notorious Scarlett and Browne: Scarlett and Browne, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Thrilling postapocalyptic heist sequel has suspense, action.

The Notorious Scarlett and Browne: Scarlett and Browne, Book 2 Cover: A teen girl with bright red hair and a boy with brown spiky hair fall through space, arms flailing and coat tails flapping

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This satisfying sequel has a summer blockbuster feel, with action, action, and more action, gritty outlaws, sarcastic humor, and tons of suspense – and it's well-written too. You know you're in for a cinematic reading experience from the get-go, when three bandits encounter Scarlett and Albert and their boundless talents on the road. Even with the bandits training guns on the infamous teens, the marauders never stand a chance. And that's just the warm-up to the real action: a heist, a chase, a gambling house shoot-out, a kidnapping (no, two of those), and a bargain that will send the pair deep into scary ruins filled with all kinds of horrors – especially the bitey kind. At least five times, readers will wonder how on this apocalyptic earth Scarlett and Albert will come out alive. And each time they'll be surprised.

That's not to say that The Notorious Scarlett and Browne is all notorious exploits. Readers will learn more about Scarlett's past, both the trauma of her loss and her humorous introduction to meditation. We also get a few more hints about how the cataclysm happened and what part others with Albert's talents may have played in it. And we take a closer look at the injustices of this world, with the hypocrisy of the faith houses and the slave trade. Plus, there are hints that Albert may continue to persuade Scarlett to do some good in their fractured world -- in between heists, of course. The pair may already have a ballad written about their many misdeeds, but it's clear from this satisfying sequel that there are many more thrilling and surprising verses to come.

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