The final installation in the Dust Lands trilogy did not disappoint,
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This review is from: Raging Star (Dustlands 3) (Paperback)
I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. Despite all the 'If you liked Hunger Games you'll love this' comments I've seen banded about and on the front cover, I actually preferred this trilogy. I felt it was more consistent in terms of pacing and the ending of 'Raging Star' was much more satisfying and well-planned (and less rushed!) than Hunger Games closer 'Mockingjay'.
I was worried that it would fall foul of the difficult third act - but Young had clearly planned the structure carefully. Also, her world-building is amazing - Silverlake, Hopetown, Freedom Fields and New Eden were painted so vividly. I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend for fans of the Hunger Games trilogy and for anyone looking for a series of books with a realistically conceived heroine.
Initially, I thought what happened to Emmi to be unnecessary - but I think that was just because it made me so sad. Thinking about it afterwards, it had to happen in order for the chain of events following it to occur. Perhaps more could have been made of Emmi, Auriel Tai could have said something a bit more in depth about her part in the rebellion - and Saba could have reflected more on what she'd contributed. I guess she was always more in tune with Lugh though, she loved Emmi but too late.
Also, totally did not think it was Lugh who betrayed Saba. Ever since Saba and Jack were reunited after the explosion at Resurrection, outside the old Wrecker place, I'd thought it was Tommo. The revelation about Tommo's father was not a surprise, but I liked the way it was used in terms of story development.