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The Severed Tower

(Conquered Earth #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The sci-fi tour de force series set in an alien-invaded postapocalyptic world returns as the children forge deeper into the most dangerous lands in search of The Severed Tower

Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City with Zoey after watching her repel an entire Assembly army. Zoey's powers are unlocked, but who and what she is remains a mystery. All she knows is that she
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Andrew (BritBookBoy)
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Why do we make our decisions after it's too late?" Holt asked quietly. "Even when they seem obvious. Why don't we make them right there and then, instead?"

The second addition to the Conquered Earth series sees the return of Mira, Holt, Zoey and 'The Max' as they leave behind Midnight City, and all the trouble they caused there, in a quest to reach the heart of the Strange Lands in search of answers. Full of fast paced action, fun and interesting new characters and more explosions than a Die Har
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Actual rating: 4.5

(View this review on My Library in the Making.)

Compassion comes in all kinds of flavors. But they don't all taste like pumpkin pie.

Holy cheesecakes—The Severed Tower was amazing! The book picks up a few days after the events of Midnight City, and I was so easily sucked back in to the author's crazy, perilous world. A bulk of the story takes place in the Strange Lands, and I imagine navigating the deadly, constantly-changing landscape was a nightmare for the characters
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
Update 1-6-13: Even better as a re-read. This series is fantastic. The science/metaphysics is so cool!

Wow. Action, apocalypse, physics, intelligent science, aliens, and the barest hint of a romance. The science was the best!
Brittany Marin
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I am not typically one to read a series out of order. However, having received this book before I had an opportunity to get a copy of Midnight City, I decided to read the first couple chapters. My intention was to put the book down after the first chapter or two, the next thing I knew it was 4:00 am and I had read nearly half the book. I did not expect to be pulled in so quickly and completely, I simply couldn't put the book down. I was
Amber Myers
I won this book in a goodreads give a way. Yay me.
I have to say I enjoyed this book a lot more then I enjoyed the first book. I love how creative J. Barton Mitchell is and how he made this whole world and how cool it was.
I loved following the character Zoey, Holt and Mira they felt like a little family to me. I also really liked the new characters that were added.
It sadly took me a while to read this book because I was pretty busy but it is a really good
Y. C.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I seem to have dug out this book while cleaning out my closet. Oh look! There are sticky notes all over the place.

Let's see... I really liked the characters. I did not read the first book, so I have no idea what they started out like, but this book was good in the sense that it mad everything clearer.

The plot was a bit slow, in my opinion. I was expecting something fast- paced judging from the blurb, but there was too much sidetracking. There wasn't enough focus on the original goal I think.

Courtney Nicole
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
•The world building for this book series with the aliens, the Strange Lands and it's anomalies/ artifacts are my favorite parts. Just super interesting and I always want more info about them!
•Almost feel like this would be an epic read as an adult book instead of YA (obviously I'm still a fan but it's just a thought I've had.)
•Also, feels like it could have been completed as a duology instead of tacking on another book BUT nevertheless I'll be picking up the third and final book to see how
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good second book. This book had some of the same elements as the first one, so I like this book too. I enjoyed the element of surprise or twist this author placed here and there; I liked being surprise just as much the character is. I liked the character development in this book. I even liked the new characters the author introduce. Like the first book it's jam packed with action, humor, and a little suspense. I'm totally going to read the third book.
Audrey Adamson
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this sequel. Mira and Holt have made it out of Midnight City thanks to Zoey's powers, they are headed to the Severed Tower. Some how gett8ig Zoey there will change the world. Fueled by belief in their young friend, the two must go against rival fractions, betrayals, and the anomalies of the Strange Lands. Engaging and exciting, we learn more about the character who we already care for and meet new ones that will be vital to their mission.
I am very excited about the conclusion of the ser
Feb 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantasy masquerading as science fiction. It tries to use science-y sounding words to describe completely magical fantasy (e.g. "antimatter" storms, dark energy monsters or something). I didn't enjoy it at all. It felt like cheap young adult fiction and it wasn't compelling. I didn't really get into the characters either.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the stories, but sometimes that get slow
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a sequel, this book wasn’t as exciting as I hoped. I wanted to like it, but it was just okay, and sometimes not that engaging. The book is full of interesting things, but the writing style itself is not that easy to read. The typography is so small that it’s hard not to skim the book. I really wish I could read them as an e-book instead, but then I read the e-novella Winterbay and I still didn’t enjoy it that much. 3rd person POV with to many perspectives is not my thing.

I do like the world
Chris Torretta
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much about this story that I love. It’s hard to believe how many plot lines are running through this and never does it feel mired, instead the plot is always amazing!

I always hear people say that a book is action-packed but I don’t think that most can hold up to this type of book. Every page has something tearing out of it ready to be devoured by the imagination. I also find it amazing how many characters J. Barton Mitchell has managed to get into this book but it never feels overwhe
Nicole Wang
It's been a while since I read Midnight City, but I remember being so absolutely in love with the story and the characters! And guys, after reading the sequel, I can not recommend this series enough to sci-fi and dystopian/apocalyptic fans.

Yeah yeah, moan all you want about how alien invasion books are becoming typical and the norm for YA. This series, the worldbuilding, the plot, its all so original! I can't get over it at all.
So something that wasn't quite in the last book is that this series
The bad: The writing hasn't improved since the last book, which I hoped it would. The author brings in two love triangles in this book, and since I hate love triangles, I didn't like that. The love triangles also further breakdown the romance between the two main characters. In the first book, the romance seems forced and unnatural. In this book, we see past relationships the two main characters had, and these relationships seem like they were so much more real than the one the mc's are in. It j ...more
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Presenting Conquered Earth #2 The Severed Tower by J. Barton Mitchell.

Here is the summary of the book:

Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City with Zoey after watching her repel an entire Assembly army. Zoey's powers are unlocked, but who and what she is remains a mystery. All she knows is that she must reach the Severed Tower, an infamous location in the middle of the world's most dangerous landscape: The Strange Lands, a plac
Katherine Paschal
Holt and Mira are trying to take Zoey to the Severed Tower, the very middle of the Strange Lands. They still have no answers as to why Zoey feels the need to get to the Tower, but the closer they get, the weaker Zoey is. Not only do they have to face the uncertainties of their own feelings, but the challenges from the Strange Lands, the Alien robots, the Pirates and the White Helix. The odds are not in their favor, but they can't give up. The fate of the world may be in their hands.
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Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
So...I really wish I could say that I liked it because I loved the originality of the first book, but this one fell a little flat for me:(

The main reason why I really loved the first book was because of the distinct original idea with artifacts and how to make them and just everything about them. It was so unique to see such thing! And even though Holt, Mira, & Zoe have traveled to the land of the artifacts, there's really not much going on with them. I loved how in the first book Mira was n
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say there were so many directions this book could have gone. Severed Tower Was not as predictable as Midnight City. I love the fact the Assembly reminded me of one of my favorite anime cartoons Robotech. I got that vibe very strong from this book.

In Midnight City Mira seemed such a strong character and in Severed Tower I felt like she second guessed herself more. It took me longer to complete this book then any other book because it did not feel as fast paced. I do think there was so m
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was way better than the first book.

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Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from the goodreads book giveaways.I bought the first book so I didn't feel lost reading this follow-up.Was't very impressed with the first,not until close to the end of the book.The Severed Tower was way better than Midnight City.What lacked in Midnight City was covered in Severed Tower.I enjoyed the scifi aspect of the book and that it was different from other books I've been reading lately.Some parts were a bit too silly/far-fetched for me.But I got over that with the decent am ...more
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I prefer reading a series by authors, writing each book in a series that can stand alone, including pertinent information from the previous books, to keep the reader informed.

When I started it, I was not prepared to be thrust into a story line mid-point. I did not realize that it would be necessary to read the first book in the series in order to understand what is happening in this book. Although, I would have been glad to read the first volume if I had found this book compelling.

All the chara
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Teenage Mira and Holt find themselves committed to protecting 8-year-old Zoey, whose mysterious powers compel her on a dangerous journey through the Strange Lands to the Severed Tower. As Mira and Holt pass through stages of trust and distrust for each other, they each must come to terms with former lovers. The reader is plunged into the middle of the action, with only glancing references to events from the first book of the series that would explain the absence of adults, presence of the Assemb ...more
Ian Terry
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: excellent
I received the Severed Tower through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. To start off, the Severed Tower is straight up fun. Though the first book, Midnight City, is probably the better of the two so far, this one definitely keeps you interested with it's twists and turns, compelling characters, and non-stop action. The Severed Tower takes the sci-fi theme it has been working with and slams together with fantasy by having the characters navigate the deadly Strange Lands, where artifacts are created. ...more
Donna Taylor
What an amazing second book to one of the most original series I'm read in a long time. Do be sure and read the first book in the series, Midnight City, before reading The Severed Tower. I've not been a young adult in many years but I have loved this series. It's complex, imaginative, the characters grab at your emotions. I was freaking out so many times throughout the book and not able to turn the pages fast enough for wanting to discover how the heck they were going save themselves again. Just ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed 'The Severed Tower' by J. Barton Mitchell and I think the only reason why I rated it as 3/5 stars is because I jumped into this series mid-stream. The Severed Tower is the second book in the series and the reader really does require the benefit of the first book to fully understand what is happening. Without having read 'Midnight City' the reader does not understand who or what the Assembly is, what caused the near apocalypse of the world, what artifacts are, and a number of other crit ...more
Tara Lazetic
Okay, It was an okay sequal to Midnight City.

So basically, The Severed Tower continues the adventures of Zoey, Mira and Holt. They have to journey through the four rings of the strange lands to get Zoey to The Severed Tower so she can stop the madness that's happening in the world.

Though some parts were a bit tedious, The Severed Tower had a lot of exiting bits and pieces to keep the novel entertaining.
Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop, a book-related hop we look forward to every year because it’s always full of great novels to win. This year we’re featuring The Severed Tower, Book #2 in the Conquered Earth trilogy by J. Barton Mitchell. I previously reviewed Midnight City, Book #1 in this series, and you can link to that review at the bottom of this one. Loved it! This is a YA sci-fi dystopian novel that should appeal to people of all ages. I ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one crazy, wild ride of a book.

The Severed Tower is a YA SF dystopian novel about one special girl and her band of friends who do everything, including give up their lives, to get to the heart of the Strange Lands.

To me, the blending of SF aspects and dystopian aspects was just about a perfect 50/50 split. It's a nice change when a writer doesn't dumb down scientific principles just because it's a YA book.

The plots and subplots were all over the place, there were so many of them I had
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holt, Mira, and The Max are escorting Zoey to the Severed Tower so she can find answers. Who is Zoey? Why is the Assembly after her? How can her powers be explained? Who is the alien without colors who seems to be protecting her? What is the White Helix? Why are the Menagerie entering the Strange Lands? Why are the Strange Lands expanding? Why are the Anomalies moving to different rings? What does the girl with the raven tattoo mean to Holt? All of these questions are answered in the second book ...more
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