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Break the Chains: 12/24/22
Break the Chains by Megan E. O'Keefe (2016) is the second book in the Scorched Continent trilogy. A year has passed since the close of Steal the Sky. The characters who came together for reasons have gone their separate ways. But now circumstances are such that they need to get back together — if they can break one of them out of prison.
There are multiple points of view and lots of different schemes to keep track of. There's also a complex world with equally complex political situations. While I'm all for letting characters live their lives rather than have a bunch of exposition, this is a series where I really could use some hand holding from a narrator. Barring that, a single point of view.
I suppose the difference scenes are taking place relatively simultaneously. I think the novel is trying for a cinematic, action packed experience. I have to admit, I struggle with this type of story telling in print (and always have). This volume started out fun. I do love the world and what can be done by certain people. But as the book progressed, it became work to read, and not fun work.
The final book is Inherit the Flame (2017).