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Dead Moon Rising

(Last Star Burning #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Sev must decode her mother’s last words to find the cure to Sleeping Sickness before Dr. Yang can use it to blackmail the world into submitting to his rule in this thrilling finale to the Last Star Burning trilogy.

Sev finally knows where to find the cure to Sleeping Sickness. The only problem is that she’s trapped in an endless sleep herself after refusing to give up her s
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


Caitlin Sangster's Dead Moon Rising is the third and final installment in the authors Last Star Burning trilogy. The series is an intricate strategy game set in an Asian-themed post-apocalyptic world and based somewhat on Mao's Communist ideology. The story begins right where Shatter the Suns left off but instead of just telling Sev's story, there are now (4) main characters; Jiang Sev, Tai-Ge, June, and Howl. Trapped in
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great ending to the series! I wasn't sure I would like the change in narration between characters, but I actually really enjoyed it. I felt like it helped me understand some of them better, especially Tai-ge, who was one of my favorite characters. I liked how the story progressed well between the narrators, without slowing too much or overlapping, either. I also liked the very end, where things were much better, but not totally resolved. It seemed much more realistic than a perfect ending ...more
Samantha Hastings
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lyrically written with beautiful character development and exquisite world-building this series is not to be missed.

I read this in one day! And that means a lot when you realize it’s over 500 pages long. The conclusion of Sev’s story is told from four POVs (Sev, June, Howl, Tai-ge). It was wonderful to be in each of their heads and understand their motivations for their actions. No one is completely innocent. No one is left unharmed. No one is unaffected by the political machinations and chemic
(I'll refrain from rating this as I don't want to skew the ratings.)

I can't articulate precisely what I desired more of DEAD MOON RISING—romance, skirmishes, a grander finale? (Regardless, I'll certainly read what Sangster writes next.)
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The reason I love the Last Star Burning triology is the worldbuliding. Unlike so many books in the YA/dystopian genre, the setting, populations, and social crisis that push the story forward are entirely original, not an echo of something you've read before. From the names of the characters to the comm-links, gas masks, quicklights, and status-revealing scars on every hand, descriptive bait awaits on every page to draw the reader in to the world of Sev and her co-stars.

As the final book in the
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting. It means letting go so bad things don’t fester inside you. So other people’s bad decisions don’t spoil you. I’m still learning how to do it.”

OKAY this is not the kind of book to be reading with the world the way it is right now.. let me stress that! I HAD to read it because otherwise I feel I would’ve forgotten the plot. But the reality in this book of the wearing of masks and being exposed just kinda freaked me out. We live in a reality right now where we w
Ray Blackham
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Dead Moon Rising" is the third and last book in this series. The first book, "Last Star Burning', introduced the heroes and villains. The story started simply and, as Sevvy's (and the reader's) understanding develops, rolls toward an ever more intriguing story as more experiences bring more questions. In the second book, "Shatter the Suns", the story widens its scope, and love, deception, anger and rejection strip away all of the hero and villain facades and leads Sevvy tho other characters int ...more
Ella Fish
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this whole series. Through the journey, Sangster has taken me through a whole spectrum of emotions. There are times I feel frustrated, angry, happy, or relieved over how the story is going. But through it, I am kept on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next. The author keeps the story moving. The characters are real, with real weaknesses, and real internal battles to become better people. Because of the nature of the story line, the first part ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The much-anticipated finale of Last Star Burning did not disappoint! I enjoyed DMR even more than the previous two books in the series and am excited to go back and read all three in a row. DMR changes pace a bit by having 4 narrators rather than just Sev. It was fun to have new perspectives and see the story lines separate and come back together. I loved that DMR really focused on exploring deeper questions of morality, forgiveness, good vs bad, and second chances. The characters were forced to ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The character of Sev is the hub of Sangster’s trilogy that immerses readers in “survival thinking.” Most of us will never experience (hopefully) a pandemic-caused breakdown of society, which forces regional, political, and class differences upon people. The background experiences of each character, the roles they are pushed into, and the choices they make under duress, are a fascinating journey into the unraveling of civilized behavior. As we read the thoughts of the central characters during th ...more
Lauren Perotto
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-rating
Such a great ending to a really good series! I loved being able to see things from different points of view In this third installment. I also enjoyed learning more about the individuals’ motivations. Lots of action, plenty of mystery, good comedic relief and a touch of romance. While there are some small similarities to other dystopias, it didn’t feel like a retelling or copying of the typical dystopian story. It was unique and original. The story was believable and fun and I appreciated that th ...more
Dixie C.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is not in my typical genre choice, but the story completely sucked me in. I loved all 3 books in the series and thought that this final book was phenomenal. I loved seeing the world through Tai-ge’s eyes. It helped me understand him better and really come to like him. I enjoyed the more realistic feel to the ending. I loved the recognition that people are not completely good or completely bad, and that it really boils down to everyone wanting to survive and have their loved ones surv ...more
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Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty sure this one is my favorite of the three. It really tied it all together for me.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite of the three books in this trilogy.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Story, Well written.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read all year! ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good ending to a very good series, though at some points the different POV drove me insane. But I suppose that's the point. ...more
Angelica Oler
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Masterfully written!
I received an ARC and was able to read the final of the LSB trilogy. In an effort to avoid inadvertently spoiling anything, all I will say was it’s was fantastic, Sangster did a magnificent of delivering this page turner. This book had all the feelings! Joy, heartache, and tears in all their varieties.
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Caitlin Sangster is the author of the Last Star Burning Trilogy and SHE WHO RIDES THE STORM, set to be published in fall 2021.

She grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else. If there aren’t any mountains, it doesn’t count as a real place. At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Tai

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