Rating: 3 Stars
Last Star Burning is a great novel! I really enjoyed the society/concept and how it is divided into three sections where everyone has their purpose. However, there are couple character elements that didn’t come through the page very well.
Let’s jump in!
“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 the 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 scape 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.”
She is a teenage girl who was ridiculed and outcasted because of her mother’s actions. She was taught about her mother’s betrayal and how it has affected the city she lives in. Sev is thrown in to a world that pushes her reality to the limit. Her eyes are opened to what is really going on and now she is tasked with trying to save the people in her city.
I thoroughly enjoy Sev’s character, I understand that she is experiencing everything as we read it so we are moving along the journey with her as a reader.
I like his character in the beginning but as the novel goes on his development is very quick and as a reader I needed a bit more information to make his growth believable.
I liked the Howl in the woods, the one who knew how to live off the land and protect Sev from dangers that came their way.
However, everything that we find out about Howl after is through other people that Sev talks with or overhears. Howl never actually does anything to Sev to prove his true colours.
The main reason I gave this novel a three was because of Howl and Sev’s relationship. Of course, I only have this one novel to go off of we might find out more in the next book but for now here is what I thought.
The first two thirds of this book Sev and Howl are inter linked trying to survive together. Their bond is building and Sev is started to trust him because he is the first person to tell her the truth. Or so she thought. Eventually there is an element of betrayal which needed to happen for the stories progression but I feel like it came across anti climatic.
In the same moment she figures out this betrayal she leaves the compound behind to go figure out more about her mother’s crimes. But Howl isn’t really involved in the actual betrayal, it is all in Sev’s observations.
I fell that if there was an actual confrontation where Howl had to tell Sev to her face what he did, it would have packed more of a punch.
The plot and concept in this novel is really enjoyable because it is unique. The world that Sev was raised in was not entirely true and she is on an adventure to uncover what actually happened. The people she thought she could trust are no longer an option and she really has to turn to herself and trust that she has what it takes to continue on.
I recommend this book because there are great elements throughout. I am excited to learn more in the second book because a novel series needs to be reviews as a whole too.
Have you read Last Star Burning? What are your thoughts?