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We Unleash the Merciless Storm (We Set the Dark on Fire Book 2) Kindle Edition
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. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Anna-Marie McLemore.
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. She spent years undercover, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of a 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?
"Where the first volume was subtlety and shadows, this is emotion and adrenaline, and it will carry readers through to an ending that feels entirely earned." -- Booklist (starred review)
"A fast-paced journey, complete with daring escapes, assassinations, and a few steamy encounters." -- Horn Book Magazine
"A powerful series that defies the tropes of dystopian young adult fiction." -- Tor.com
"Carmen's struggle to save Dani is fast-paced, the plot full of arresting events that mirror current political and racial divides, and readers will surely root for the couple as Carmen fights for a happy ending. Mejia writes an utterly captivating and thoroughly satisfying ending for the two young women." -- Shelf Awareness
"With a Latinx cast, a queer romance, and a timely challenge to a corrupt government, readers will be clamoring for this story about finding home, purpose, and family–and taking down a patriarchal dictatorship along the way." -- ALA
“An incredible sequel to a fantastic debut.” -- The Nerd Daily
"Timely, powerful, and moving, We Unleash The Merciless Storm is a stunning conclusion to a dynamic duology." -- TheYoungFolks.com
Praise for We Set the Dark on Fire: ★“With its achingly slow-burn romance and incisive examination of power structures, this is a masterfully constructed novel, made all the more impressive as it’s a debut.”
-- ALA Booklist (starred review)
★“A richly constructed world full of fantasy and diversity, with a mystery that will keep them guessing until the very end.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)
★“This fierce, feminist novel throws memorable characters into a provocative set of circumstances, and the constant twists will leave readers yearning for the conclusion.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ ”This well-crafted fantasy offers a mirror that reflects themes in our own difficult world, namely privilege, immigration, and individualism versus the common good. A queer subplot with sensual tenderness adds rich complexity to the story. Thrilling and timely.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Tehlor Kay Mejia has fashioned a gripping tale of romance and rebellion. Dani captivated me and held my heart in a vice grip all the way to this book’s stunning conclusion.” -- Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night
“We Set the Dark on Fire simmers with political revolution and forbidden love between two powerful young women—I couldn’t put it down.” -- Audrey Coulthurst, author of Of Fire and Stars
“A vivid tale of political intrigue, power, and resistance that will thrill the hearts of readers.” -- New York Times bestselling author Traci Chee
“A stunning debut. Tehlor Kay Mejia weaves a gorgeous narrative where etiquette can be wielded like a weapon and where wit can be just as powerful as a sword.” -- Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Tehlor Kay Mejia is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire as well as its sequel, We Unleash the Merciless Storm; Miss Meteor (co-written with National Book Award nominee Anna-Marie McLemore); and her middle grade debut, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears.
Her debut novel received six starred reviews and was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, as well as being an IndieBound bestseller in the Pacific Northwest region. It has been featured in Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and O The Oprah Magazine and named a best book of 2019 by Kirkus and School Library Journal.
Tehlor lives in Oregon with her daughter, two very small dogs, and several rescued houseplants.
Kyla Garcia is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, she discovered acting at the age of eight when she played Lady Macbeth in a children's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. She made her off-Broadway debut at fifteen when she played Dorothy in Oz: A Twisted Musical. Eleven years after she discovered her passion for acting, she would go on to play Lady Macbeth once again in London at the Globe Theatre, where she studied Shakespeare during her third year at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her BFA in acting from Rutgers University.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07S9S2SPK
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (25 February 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 3572 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
I really enjoyed this book so much more than the first! I did like the first but some things felt a little off such as the pacing and the relationship.
This book though was told from Carmen’s POV and where in the first book I wasn’t a huge fan of her as seen from Dani’s POV, but, turns out, I love her more than Dani and would fight for her honor lolol.
Anyway, this second book has a much quicker pacing, it’s more about the rebels and the power struggle between them and the government in power so that is probably another reason why I loved it.
This book also broke my heart, Idk why I bother having a favorite character when authors are so cruel! But! I suppose it just means she was very good at her job, crushing my soul, stomping on my heart.
Carmen goes through an amazing amount of character development through so many heart breaking challenges, and the end to this duology was everything I could have hoped for.
There was so much girl power, love of friends and the rise of those oppressed by a government built to keep them down. I loved it all, the lore wasn’t as heavy but the learnings of the history and the people and government more than made up for the lack of lore.
Great ending to an awesome duology, 4.5 cups of coffee from me.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Just a heads up, the second book is from Carmen’s perspective rather than Dani’s. That’s the first thing I didn’t love. Because of this, Carmen’s character for me becomes rather unlikeable. Dani doesn’t come back into the mix until halfway through the book, which is also disappointing. Other characters are lackluster as well, and one of the only likeable characters gets killed off because of Carmen’s mistake. The story itself is also rather predictable and overall just very disappointing. I will say that despite all this, I still loved the author’s writing style. I just was not a fan at all of the second book and I would recommend to just stop after the first book.
This is a true duology in the way they were designed to be. Two books not just telling one story in two parts, but complementing each other, weaving together and entwining until there are a thousand reasons one could not stand without the other.
The queer representation is glorious, well portrayed and the feminist aspects? So beautiful.
Read. This. Book.