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We Unleash the Merciless Storm (We Set the Dark on Fire, 2) Hardcover – 25 February 2020
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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?
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"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)
About the Author
TEHLOR KAY MEJIA is a bestselling and award winning author of young adult and middle grade fiction.
Her debut young adult novel, We Set the Dark on Fire, received six starred reviews, as well as the Oregon Spirit Book Award for debut fiction, and the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award runner up honor for debut speculative fiction. It has been featured on Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and O by Oprah Magazine’s best books lists, and was a 2019 book of the year selection by Kirkus and School Library Journal. Its sequel, We Unleash the Merciless Storm, followed to continuing acclaim, while Miss Meteor (co-written with National Book Award Nominee Anna-Marie McLemore) was named to the American Library Association’s 2021 Rainbow List, honoring outstanding contributions in LGBTQIA teen fiction.
Tehlor’s debut middle grade novel, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, was published by the Rick Riordan Presents imprint at Disney/Hyperion. It received four starred reviews, and was named Amazon’s best book of 2020 in the 9-12 age range. It is currently in development at Disney as a television series to be produced by Eva Longoria.
Tehlor lives with her daughter, partner, and two small dogs in Oregon, where she grows heirloom corn and continues her quest to perfect the vegan tamale.
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (25 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062691341
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062691347
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 466 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.18 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #721,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #12,261 in Children's Family, Personal & Social Issues (Books)
- #19,523 in Children's Fantasy (Books)
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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.