Simply put: this book is all the awesome and then a whole bunch more.
Blightborn is a fantastic followup to Under the Empyrean Sky, and does not suffer from the “middle book” syndrome like so many second in series books do.
Now, I could dissect the book, break it down to its bones–plot, character arcs, voice, pacing, etc etc–but anyone and everyone who reads this will talk about all those things because they are all totally discussion-worthy. So, I’ll let them and just wax on about the one thing I found completely and utterly amazing:
the action scenes.
they are more than just the choreography of actions, they are the choreography of the prose.
Wendig wields his third person narrative like a Kung Fu Master of Words. He doesn’t just put one action in front of another, trudging on through the scene from beginning to end. He gives you a 360 degree view, pulls the characters off the page and makes them tap-dance on your brain.
His action scenes are like watching a movie who’s director shot it from four cameras and spliced it together after the fact to make a homogenous scene. The action builds and builds in one character’s perspective and them BAM right when you want–NEED–to see what happens with that character he shifts gears to another characters. Sometimes picking right up where the last left off, sometimes a few moments prior, but the action doesn’t stop. It flows, seamlessly.
His action scenes are brilliant.Recommend the book?
***but with a note of caution: while the characters are teenagers, this book is for the more mature YA readers out there, not the younger one. It contains very colorful language and several allusions to sex (nothing graphic but the point comes across very clearly as to what’s going on)***
Happy Reading. Happier Writing,
blurb from goodreads:
Cael McAvoy is on the run. He’s heading toward the Empyrean to rescue his sister, Merelda, and to find Gwennie before she’s lost to Cael forever. With his pals, Lane and Rigo, Cael journeys across the Heartland to catch a ride into the sky. But with Boyland and others after them, Cael and his friends won’t make it through unchanged.
Gwennie’s living the life of a Lottery winner, but it’s not what she expected. Separated from her family, Gwennie makes a bold move—one that catches the attention of the Empyrean and changes the course of an Empyrean man’s life.
The crew from Boxelder aren’t the only folks willing to sacrifice everything to see the Empyrean fall. The question is: Can the others be trusted?
They’d all better hurry. Because the Empyrean has plans that could ensure that the Heartland never fights back again.
Chuck Wendig’s riveting sequel to Under the Empyrean Sky plunges readers into an unsettling world of inequality and destruction, and fleshes out a cast of ragtag characters all fighting for survival and, ultimately, change.