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Between Burning Worlds

If there was ever a team that was meant to write in unison, that would be Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell. Together, they brought us a Sky Without Stars and hurled readers into a space and time where the elite live in extravagance and the poor are left to their starvation and death outside their guided gates. With the hints of rebellion in the air, this was one retelling of Les Misérables that readers in their own version of "Do You Hear the Readers Sing."

I was absolutely entranced by the continual world building in Between Burning Worlds and how Rendell and Brody layered socio-economic themes from Les Misérables, all the while creating their own dynamic setting with sci-fi elements. The multiple POV's enabled readers to have a great expanse over the world Laterre and how each individual played a part in the impending revolution for control over Laterre. Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette are all such dynamic characters and it has been quite the journey to see how their paths and fates have intertwined. Marcellus's quest for honor and dignity will make him go against the high society he's been a part of for so long-even if that means he must also go against his grandfather. Chatine has known a life of hardship and loss....and is still willing to give more to the cause. After a life secluded underground by the world's last library Alouette must now find the truth to her own past in order to realize her role in Laterre's destiny.

These three are like the three musketeers of Laterre who are all championing the cause for the people with the best of intentions in their hearts. The question remains though if they will be able to rise together and save Laterre...or will they be caught in between burning worlds?

Favorite Quotes

"But her message was threatened by those who preferred silence. Those who demanded obedience. So they stole her voice and tried to erase her name."

"Suddenly, the embers inside him caught light again. The flames roared."

"One family secured this wondrous place for their people and their home. But not without bitterness from those who lost out. And not without deep resentments held across the skies."

"But sometimes the dance faltered. And the embers of a forgotten conscience ignited once more."



Between Burning Worlds

(System Divine #2)

by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: 24th March, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Science Fiction, Dystopia


Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).

A thief.

An officer.

A guardian.

All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny…

The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant revolutionary group has emerged calling themselves “The Red Scar” and claiming responsibility for a spate of recent bombings. The infamous rebels known as the Vangarde believe that in order to bring about a peaceful revolution, their charismatic leader, Citizen Rousseau must be freed from prison right away. Otherwise the bloodshed will only escalate.

Soon Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette all find themselves pulled into battle with extreme consequences.

Marcellus is determined to uncover his corrupt grandfather’s plan to seize Laterre—even if that means joining the Vangarde.

Aloutte, trying to unearth the truth about her past, becomes a captive of Marcellus’s grandfather, the general.

Chatine, who is serving time on Bastille, hopes to escape the brutal and horrifying reality of the prison moon.

But the failed attempt to break Citizen Rousseau out of prison launches Aloutte, Chatine, and Marecellus into the middle of a dangerous war for control of Laterre. And in the midst of it all is the legend of a secret and dangerous weapon that could mean complete and absolute power to any that wields it.








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Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape. After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author. Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves. Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants! Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.


Joanne Rendell is the author of four novels and holds a PhD in English Literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids, as well as online writing classes at and Joanne is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, she divides her time between New York City and New Paltz, New York

















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