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Burning Kingdoms

(The Internment Chronicles #2)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  2,287 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Danger descends in the second book of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.

After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch mov
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Tonya Grizzell I thought the same thing! I'm still unsure. Some people say future but the ground was just introduced to the Jet and other similar things. I'm with yo…moreI thought the same thing! I'm still unsure. Some people say future but the ground was just introduced to the Jet and other similar things. I'm with you Lauren, confused. It was a good book though. (less)

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Vicky Marie
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian

After reading

After waiting a year for the second installment of the Internment Chronicles I'm sad to say it was a complete disappointment. The plot went almost nowhere. Instead of a journey into a new world, Morgan and friends are left to stay in a hotel pretty much the entirety of the book. I wanted adventure, to discover what secrets the ground below held. What we get is pages with Morgan and Pen sneaking out at night with their new friend to get wasted. The
Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)

Dat cover . . . WHHHYYYYYYYYY?????

HOW could they think the original type of cover wasn't perfect?!

Firstly, now my copy of Perfect Ruin is not going to MATCH with the rest of the series.

Secondly, the original cover was perfect!!!! It is still one of my favorite covers. So beautiful . . .

But NOOOO . . . they have to mess with beautiful things.

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3.5 stars

Nobody bores me quite as beautifully as DeStefano. She is a very talented writer and her lyrical prose is absolutely mesmerizing. Her writing pretty nearly makes up for 300+ pages of almost comatose inactivity because it is simply a delight to read her words, to see the way she strings sentences together and creates the most beautiful of images almost effortlessly. Even after losing the intrigue that made the first book in this series, Perfect Ruin, a hit with me, I was riveted by the w
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
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After reading the first book, which set the scenes up very well, I had quite high expectations for this one. I thought at last we would have the history behind this world revealed, but we didn’t. Instead I just got a well written description of the characters everyday lives and while that may be ideal for some, it makes boring, uneventful reading for me.

I think the only real good thing here was the writing style and how the author was abl
Victoria Scott
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How I love this book! Let me count the ways:

1) The return of characters I adore.

2) A fresh, new world and plot. No second book syndrome here!

3) Reveals that broke my hearts (in a good way).

4) Romantic tension that sizzles.

5) The dreamy, lyrical writing DeStefano is famous for.

6) Beautiful endings that leave you feeling complete, yet wanting more.

Jan 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
October 7th?!

I guess it could be worse...*sigh*
Picking up straight were Perfect Ruin left of, Morgan and her colleagues arrival on Earth is quite the culture shock. This land is far different from what they know of there home city in the sky, Internment. What confront's them is a land of seemingly endless size, with huge oceans, black and white silent movies and no rules on who can marry who. Taken in by a hotel owner Jack Piper, who is friends with ruler, King Ingram, and his five children, Morgan and her fugitives will soon come to wonder ...more
Classic bridge book. Lots of walking and talking and *almost* revelations, and then everything wraps up with a cliffhanger. Stay tuned for book three!

What's weird is, nothing really happened in the first book either. Again, more wibbling around, talking endlessly about maybe doing something, and not until the last 50 pages does anything of note happen. Plus there's the world's most poorly thought out rebel resistance ever. We don't get much info on that front, because book two takes place exclu
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This review will contain spoilers from Perfect Ruin. You have been warned. Also some minor spoilers for Burning Kingdoms

You know, when a series is beginning to expand in the world building and exploring new places and new people, it can make a series much better. It all depends if the author manages to create a unique world with interesting characters. For some, it’s either a hit or miss. I’ve read some books where the world building is great! And other times I’ve read some books where th
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 / 5 stars rating

This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

I have an interesting take on DeStefano that I developed while reading her Chemical Garden series, and this series only seems to solidify it. DeStefano is a talented writer, but she isn't a great novelist. That is, she has the words to make eloquent writing, but she doesn't seem capable of writing a plot that can keep me interested in a series. Perfect Ruin was interesting, but nothing special. It left a lo
Dec 25, 2013 marked it as to-read



OH WELL!!!.......

Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sort of a slow start, but I really enjoyed it.

For me, it lost some of the magic Perfect Ruin had once the characters went to the ground. There are some great new characters and some sweet swoons. The ending is a bit floaty and I'm not a fan of that. I need concrete endings and now I need book 3.

**Huge thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

First Impression: I didn't enjoy Burning Kingdoms as much as Perfect Ruin. It seemed a lot slower and very much anti-climatic. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and love the female friendships.

Review: I really enjoyed Perfect Ruin. So much so that I hadn't even finished the first one before I requested the second.

Burning Kingdoms picks up immediately after Perfect Ruin, and the gang have just had their first steps on Earth. It's different, they'r
Jessie Potts
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked it a lot! I think I"ll enjoy the audio version even more, I loved the narrator for Perfect Ruin and am currently reading the 1.5 installment and can't wait for 2.5!
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Morgan and her friends are now stranded on the Earth or the land below Internment. They have no way to get back either and must depend on the hospitality of the people they meet. Morgan tries to get used to life below Interment and finds that she could stay there. However, the guilt of dragging her friends, especially Pen with her is eating her from the inside.

I enjoyed seeing Morgan settle into life on Earth. She has a personality that is very easy to adapt to new situations. I loved how much
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
"How is it that there are two worlds - one in the sky and one on the ground - and I forever feel that I have nowhere to go?"

This was an amazing sequel. I read it in just a few hours and could not put it down. I stayed up way to late and hung on every written word.

There is a feel of the author's other series here, but just barely. This story definitely stands well on it's own. I don't know what it is, but I absolutely love Morgan and Basil. Pen and Thomas equally make me angry and everyone else
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Book was quite disappointing in terms of slow development and too much unnecessary situations. I had high expectations for this book. Anyhow, last few chapters were really good so I am off to read the third installment.b
Teigan Elliott
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This was a good sequel. It kept me interested the way Perfect Ruin did and I think I like it as much as the first one. Lauren DeStefano ' s writing is so beautiful and poetic, and she has some amazing quotes in her writing. She has a beautiful way with words and that makes up half the series for me so far. The other half is everything else: the character building, the relationships, the plot. I really feel like in this book I got to know Pen and Morgan so much more. Pen was becoming damaged, lif ...more
Soooooooooo, I have a lot to say about this book.

Let's just start by clarifying the reason I gave it 2 stars. The plot merited it a good solid 1, but I felt obliged to give it another because Lauren DeStefano's writing was still as beautiful as ever, despite the not-so-beautiful story.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Perfect Ruin. I thought the plot was more or less good, but it was the characters that really got me. They all felt so real and raw and exposed, and I appreciated that. Nowadays, most Y
La La
When I first started reading I had high hopes that this book was going to be five stars, but then insert one mythological creature. Really? In a story like this? It is almost like putting a werewolf in the Divergent series. I kept waiting for an explaination that they were just misidentified animals, but no explaination came. What makes it even worse (cheesier) is that they are the latest popular mythological creatures for YA stories. This book basically tanked in the last 40%. Also, I don't kno ...more
Aug 10, 2014 added it
Shelves: dnf
6/15/2015 ---

I'm not saying I won't finish it, but I've been trying to get past chapter three for nearly four months, so...

on hold for now...

I do feel like Lauren DeStefano has lost her creative edge, and she's trying way too hard to be like other contemporary YA authors by creating series with ideas that have already been done.

Thoughts from before I started reading, way back when I was excited to read this ---

First the freakishly long wait after book 1's publication, and now the cover design
Brandi Kosiner
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I wanted to read Burning Kingdoms because I enjoyed the characters in the first book and wanted to know what happened to them.

Karen at For What It's Worth and Mary at The Book Swarm occasionally post twitter-style reviews. Karen calls hers Short and Tweet, and I am going to borrow that review style here.

Tweet Review:

Slow at times, but still featured the characters I love and introduces new ones. Will be continuing.
Amanda Leon
It was a solid read.
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Amy Williams
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
lol just finished the fist book like two hrs ago, so i was searching for the second book online only to find it didnt come out yet.... haha
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lauren DeStefano weaves magic with her words, is what she does. I am seriously so in awe of how eloquent she is. Her writing style is simply so smooth and beautiful, nothing else — no one else — can compare.

We collect a few stares from passersby, but they mean nothing. We are young and enchanted and clattering with beads. We are untouchable.

“We can't be kings,” I tell her. “We're girls.”
“So what, we're girls?” Pen says. “We can be anything we want, and tonight I want to be a king of this mad wor
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
3.5 Stars

Why the cover change?? The cover for the first book was beautiful... these covers for the 2nd and 3rd make no sense to me, but whatever, it's what on the inside that counts most of all.

So.... this book. I was thrilled to go back into this world, even though throughout the whole book as a whole I dealt with some issues. I will admit, when I started the second book I had some HIGH expectations. Such as, Morgan having more personality, the world on the ground being developed more and descr
Marie Clarisse
My love for the protagonist Morgan and for Lauren DeStefano’s writing style almost made me give this book 4 stars. I wasn’t as bothered as most people were with Morgan not being the center of the action of the story, and somehow I liked the way the series was so character focused, even if it was at the expense of the plot sometimes.

But what I COULD NOT excuse was Chapter 20. I honest to God almost DNFed this book even after making it 80% through and being genuinely invested in the story. There w
Juwayriya Khan💙
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Can't say that I'm surprised, but I'm still surprised that this happened again. Lauren DeStefano creates great stories that immediately pulls you in, but this is the second time she's written a subpar second book despite the fact that the first one was so good.

In Burning Kingdoms, Morgan and her band of merry men and women have escaped their magical island in the sky and landed on the ground. Before they have a chance to do anything noteworthy, they’re immediately whisked away to a hotel. The ho

This book was almost entirely perfect. I love it deeply. Now I want to read Wither- is it good? I also can't believe that I have to wait AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR A SEQUEL. Seriously, Lauren DeStefano how could you do this to us? *fangirls intensley* aside from EVERYTHING The characters, setting plot, dialogue and characters and concept and honest portrayal of war made me love this with all my little heart and it gets a five star.

So, lets start with characters. I liked Pen a lot more this time. I r

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“This story is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
"I could find another one," Basil says.
"No, I want to see if they'll I through with it," she says.
"I don't understand why they're throwing her in the volcano," I say.
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