Dark Sky #2
by Amy Braun
Published on August 2, 2016 by Amy Braun
Genres: Dystopian, Steampunk, Young Adult
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There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…
The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.
To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.
Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…
This book was provided by the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Hellions lost their Behemoth, the giant ship watching over Westraven, in Crimson Sky leaving Claire and the crew of the Dauntless with a world of new troubles. On the search for her parents’ machine to close the Breach, they’ll find more than just a few enemies standing in their way. Midnight Sky picks up a little while after the first book. This sequel includes the addition of Abby, Riley, and Moira to the marauders crew and has plenty of twists and turns to move the plot along at a quick pace.
I’m not really sure how to talk about this one because I think it’s an improvement on the first book in some aspects but lacking in others. The writing seems to have gotten much better from one book to the next, which isn’t entirely surprising as I’ve seen that before in other series. I definitely appreciated it, though, as it made the book much easier to read.
Though I struggled to relate to the characters in Crimson Sky, I had no trouble in this one. Claire started to grow on me with her relentless attitude toward the safety of her friends but I wanted to scream at her several times for the love triangle she put herself in. It starts at the end of the last book and in this one she flip-flops back and forth between the two boys and it drove me nuts.
Speaking of the boys, Sawyer seriously needs to get a hold on his temper. I felt like all he became was a raging love interest in this book. Riley kept being a source of mystery as we still don’t know everything about his past but there are so many hints dropped that when the truth came out I wasn’t surprised one bit. It was more shocking that the characters didn’t see it.
Their story moved quickly as the plot followed the search for the machine to close the Breach. Yet everything fell into place too easily and it became increasingly predictable when the bad guys would show up. In the scenes themselves, I’d hit walls of fight scene descriptions or chunks of Claire’s backstory and thoughts periodically. They weren’t written badly but pulled away from the story moving forward so I found myself slugging through them to get back to dialogue.
Also, I would consider Crimson Sky a young adult novel and this one falls under that as well since it’s set only a few months later but what’s with Claire constantly calling Gemma and Nash “lovers?” Like, I get that they are but it seemed like such a weird choice of word and caught my attention several times. The same for calling Sawyer and Riley “men” because they acted the farthest thing from it. I’m not sure why these two words stood out to me but something about them didn’t fit.
I wouldn’t say I enjoyed this sequel as much as Crimson Sky but it was still good and I would recommend the series to anyone looking for a steampunk YA of pirates versus vampiric creatures.
(Though based on the Hellions’ description I think I’ll take the vampire in the dark alley instead.)