She must find her mother's cure before it's too late... Shatter the Suns by Caitlin Sangster (Review & #Giveaway)

I loved the first book in this series (review here) and have been looking
forward to its sequel ever since. Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

Shatter the Suns
(Last Star Burning #2)
By Caitlin Sangster
YA Dystopian
Hardcover & ebook, 528 Pages
December 4th 2018 by Simon Pulse


Sev must decode her mother’s last words to find the cure to Sleeping Sickness before her enemies find it first in this stunning sequel to Last Star Burning, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike calls “a rich and timely tale.”

No one is safe, not with a horrifying new strain of Sleeping Sickness tearing through the population. After fleeing the City with her friends, Sev has one goal: to find the cure her mother developed and put an end to the epidemic once and for all.

But decoding her mother’s last words—to seek out “Port North”—is easier said than done.

Nobody she talks to has heard of Port North, and with only Tai-ge and June on her side, Sev fears Dr. Yang will find the cure first, and that he’ll use it to start a new world order under his rule.

With no leads, Sev is running out of options—until she discovers someone hiding in the cargo hold of her heli plane. Someone she thought was dead. Someone with maps that could point the way to Port North, if only she could read them.

Unfortunately, the one person Sev never wants to see again might be the one person who can help her find the cure.

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My Review

SHATTER THE SUNS is another roller-coaster ride of emotions as these characters struggle to find a cure before those who seek power do. A story full of non-stop action, continuous danger, and characters with choices that will greatly impact their world. Recommended to those who enjoyed the first book and Dystopian and SciFi YA fans.

"Maybe I have changed to fit into the places I've been standing."

This series... Intense. That's what it is. This second book moved back and forth from somewhat intense to more intense and back again. I did get a little frustrated in the beginning with Sev. I thought she'd be a little more sure of herself and a little more quick in defending herself, but she's pretty shook up and kind of all over the place. I also got frustrated by all the mistrust and trust where there shouldn't have been. I still love Sev though, and June, and Howl. Oh, Howl. He's just plain awesome. I love all the banter and teasing between this group of characters. And the constant tension. There were also all these fabulous little nuggets of wisdom (I've included a few quotes from the finished copy with this review). Then there's quite a few twists and a slight cliffhanger, which means I'm dying for the next book.

"You can't take back the worst things you've done unless the other person lets you."

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a great sequel if you're a fan of the first book and are ready to find out more about this world and what happens next. A page-turner that is definitely hard to put down, and a story I thoroughly enjoyed diving into.

"Hope is something you fight for, Howl." He breathes again, deep. "I would do anything to have that kind of hope."

Content: Quite a bit of violence.
Source: I received a complimentary ARC through NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

Last Star Burning
(Last Star Burning #1)
By Caitlin Sangster
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Hardcover & ebook, 400 Pages
October 10th 2017 by Simon Pulse


To escape execution for a crime she didn’t commit, sixteen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from the only home she’s ever known in this exciting post-apocalyptic debut novel from Caitlin Sangster.

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

Read my review HERE.

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About the Author

Caitlin Sangster grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else. If there aren’t any mountains, it doesn’t count as a real place. At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Taiwan. She did eventually buckle down and graduate from Brigham Young University with a BA in Asian Studies and is now that person you avoid at parties because she'll probably start talking about Shang dynasty oracle bones.

Caitlin has been writing since middle school. She always thought of it as a silly sort of compulsive habit until she realized that people like reading stories and she liked writing them and there wasn’t much silly about that.

She currently lives in Utah with her husband and four children.

Tour Schedule

Week One:
12/3/2018- The Pages In-BetweenSpotlight
12/4/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
12/5/2018-My Books-My World- Spotlight
12/6/2018- Lifestyle of MeReview
12/7/2018- BookHounds YAExcerpt

Week Two:
12/10/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt
12/11/2018- Falling Down the Book HoleInterview
12/12/2018- Wishful EndingsReview
12/13/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
12/14/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

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