Saturday, 22 February 2020

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Carmen's life has never been simple, and now things seem to be getting more complicated everywhere she turns. With Dani still trapped in Mateo's household and a rebellion full of people who seem to think she's turned, Carmen needs to measure her next steps very carefully or risk losing everything and everyone she loves.

Before I start the actual review, a note; it's a year and a half since I read the first book in this duology. The ARC version I received has absolutely nothing in the way of a recap, apart from Carmen experiencing flashbacks to particular moments over and over (and over and over) again. Maybe the real book will have a recap; if not, prepare to be quite confused.

This book is much less about the privileged half of the society and much more about the underdogs. Carmen, our POV character this time around, is a bit out of place having spent years in the Medio School training as a Segunda. Dani's been abandoned to Mateo...a thing I'm confused about that might be explained if I remembered the last book better; Carmen and her team left Dani with Mateo deliberately, but then act as though getting her out is a vital assignment. Why didn't they just take her with them the first time around?

The descriptions are fabulous, with plenty of scenery and characters to go around. I'm not sure why anyone had trouble picking out the La Voz traitor, considering they all but carried a sign proclaiming themselves; but then again I'm outside the book, so maybe it's easier for me.

This is a brilliant series and I did enjoy it. I just recommend buying both and reading them together. Hopefully they'll make more sense that way.

In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion she’s devoted her life to.

Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medio’s border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause.

Carmen Santos is one of La Voz’s best soldiers, taken in when she was an orphaned child and trained to be a cunning spy. She spent years undercover at the Medio School for Girls, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of civil war, Carmen returns to the only real home she’s ever known: La Voz’s headquarters.

There she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot. Will Carmen break with her community and save the girl who stole her heart—or fully embrace the ruthless rebel she was always meant to be?

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