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We Unleash the Merciless Storm: We Set the Dark on Fire, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Exciting Latinx fantasy finale ramps up violence, romance.

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This action-packed final installment leaves the pampered, privileged world of the first book behind, ramping up the excitement and romance while remaining steeped in Latinx culture. Fans of the first volume should be aware that We Unleash the Merciless Storm is far from more of the same story in We Set the Dark on Fire. It's much grittier, and most of the dystopian and mythological elements are gone in favor of the fight for a better life with equal opportunities for everyone. These missing elements make it less literary and more of an action-adventure romance, but it's effective as far as those aspects go.

Switching to Carmen's point of view keeps the reader a bit off balance at first, just like Carmen herself feels once she's back among her rebel family. There's plenty of intrigue from the group dynamics, a budding romance, and suspense over when and how the bad guys will attack to keep the pages turning. There aren't many surprises or twists along the way, but the compelling, relatable characters keep things interesting. Themes explored include sisterhood, class and gender divisions, border walls, social justice, and loyalty.

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