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Between Burning Worlds

(System Divine #2)

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Laterre is on the brink of war. The Third Estate are rioting against the injustices of a corrupt system. The Patriarche, reeling from the murder of his only heir, makes brutal attempts to quash the unrest, while a new militant faction launches a series of deadly attacks.

Marcellus is now a traitor to his planet, willing to do anything to stop his grandfather from seizing
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Hardcover, 688 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Simon Pulse
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Taylor Sanders I dont know exactly what you mean? If youre referring to sex yes its clean, if youre referring to death and violence as what happened in Les Mis, its…moreI don’t know exactly what you mean? If you’re referring to sex yes it’s clean, if you’re referring to death and violence as what happened in Les Mis, it’s not but it’s not like overly graphic. It’s standard for YA(less)

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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
4.5 um hahahahah. Holy shit. Rtc

The beginning of this book started off for me, pretty similarly to the first. There was a lot of information that I had to remember again and people to get to know all over again. I remember at one point thinking man this is another one of those long books that might not need to be so long. Itll probably only be a 4. And like the first book, the last 25%, maybe even 50% delivered enough excitement, intrigue, and emotions that bumped that rating up for me.

The
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USOM
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I adore the world building of Brody and Rendell because it takes the issues I love from Les Miserables and adds all these SF elements. It is such a work of talent and craftsmanship to be able to balance this intricate storyline, world building, and multiple POV. Between Burning Worlds is an epic sequel to what is turning into one of my favorite SF series. Also can we just give a
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Sheila Goicea
1) Book 1: Sky Without Stars ★★★★★

I'm excited to be a part of the BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from March 24th - March 30th, 2020!

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Andreajanel
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The publisher and Netgalley provided me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

The first book in this series, Sky Without Stars, was one of my top reads last year. The richly imagined world, premised upon one of my favorite works of classical literature, was firmly entrenched as one of the most vivid and lyrical re-tellings I have ever read. I was beyond excited when I heard about the sequel, and have already pre-ordered my hardcover edition.

Between Burning Worlds evokes
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Bryn
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series had me positively gushing (and I don't gush). But this sequel just has me in awe.

Brilliant, utterly epic, heart-pounding, totally original and yet filled with references and inspiration from the classic Les Mis. I can't recommend this highly enough.

One thing I do want to point out that pleased me so much were the relationships. YA=kissing, physical gawking oh, and as a 30 something adult I'm also supposed to expect these hormonal children are going to save the
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Mila
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped-series
I guess I shouldn't have picked up the sequel because it's not like I enjoyed the first book that much. But here we are. I honestly thought this book was alright, it was definitely way too long and described too many things that didn't have any real purpose for the story. I still liked Chatine and couldn't care about the two other cardboard pieces that were parading as the other two main characters. I guess this series could've been better with more character development and some editing and ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

First of all, than you so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Simon Pulse for an ARC in exchange for an honest review and participation in the bookstagram tour!

Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars thats an explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and
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Paige Green
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an e-arc from netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Between Burning Worlds

Author: Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Book Series: System Divine Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, death, rape alluded to)

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 688

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Synopsis: A thief.
An officer.
A guardian.
All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny

The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant
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Jan farnworth
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you thought the first book in this series was a nail bitter you not seen anything yet. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this whole book. You really feel like your inside the story and the advantage of each chapter being a different character really adds to the oh my word what gonna happen next. Their are plot twists that i did not see coming and some that were a bit easy to predict. Your in for a treat as well cause if you thought this was a two book series your wrong this one ends on ...more
Meghan
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing - Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I know we have ourselves a keeper here when I felt like I was at still in the realm waiting for the fugitives to strike but this time save the world. Marcellus, Chatine and Alouette are all prisoners of the same realm but with different motives and offenses. But when their realm Laterre is threatened by
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Lacy
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. GAH!

Also, how am I already finished with a 700 page book??? The books in this series are so large but I absolutely love it. And I was under the impression for some reason that it was a duology but SPOILER ALERT we are left on so many cliffhangers. We do get some bittersweet semi conclusions so we're not left completely on read for probably at least a year and half considering that Between Burning Worlds doesn't even officially release until Spring 2020. I really wanted my
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Sheila Goicea
Book 1: Sky Without Stars: ★★★★★

I'm excited to be a part of the BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from March 24th - March 30th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, SimonTeen and The FFBC, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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I said it before, and I'll say it again, authors Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell have immense talents to create such a riveting retelling of the memorable Les
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Becca Mee
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was absolutely ecstatic when I was approved for this title, as I loved Sky Without Stars so much when I read it last year. Between Burning Worlds turned out to be just as brilliant. My heart from racing from the very first chapter and didn't calm down until the very end. The future is dire for Chatine, Alouette and Marcellus as they reel from the events of the first book. Each dealing with questions, betrayals and uncertain futures. They soon find themselves at the center of an effort to stop ...more
Nancy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc
This exceeded my expectations. You know how near the end of Sky Without Stars, the narrative broke free from Les Mis, did more of its own thing, notched up the tension, and piled on the cliff hangers? Theres a lot more of that in book two. Or at the least, it picks up that thread of storytelling far more quickly.

As the story opens, Chatine is enduring the horror of prison, Marcellous is busy being the most obvious double agent ever, and Aloutte, who takes some time to appear, is trying to solve
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Britney Dillon
***I received an eARC of this book from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Well.

I loved the first book in this series. I really liked that it was more cerebral than sensational, and that the authors took the time to set up everything necessary for readers to be able to understand what was going on. I never felt like the high word count was unnecessary, or took away from the story. Likewise, here, with this entry.

Our MCs have all landed in the midst
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Monica (books_over_everything)
**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. Please also note, the below post contains spoilers for the first book in this series, Sky Without Stars.**

Title Between Burning Worlds (System Divine II)

Author Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Release Date March 24, 2020

Publisher Simon Pulse

Description from Amazon

A thief.
An officer.
A guardian.
All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny

The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant
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Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.

Sky Without Stars launched me onto another planet last year with the authors' retelling of Les Misérables in space.
I'm super excited to get the chance to read the sequel in the System Divine trilogy because the first book promised some shenanigans are going to be in store. And I
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Simon Pulse for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Okay fam. So Im clearly not a true literature fan because Ive never read Les Mis before, although Ive heard of it, saw previews for the movie adaptation, saw how thick the book was, etc. I know of
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Staci Campbell
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
This early ebook copy was gifted to me by NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest opinion, these are my personal views....

Synopsis:

A thief.
An officer.
A guardian.
All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny

The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant revolutionary group has emerged calling themselves The Red Scar and claiming responsibility for a spate of recent bombings. The infamous rebels known as the Vangarde believe that in order to bring about
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Ruthsic
Rep: one of the main characters is a black girl

Warnings: mention of past child abuse, death of loved ones and grief, execution, gun violence

Between Burning Worlds starts off 2 weeks after the events of Sky Without Stars, with Marcellus wanting to join the Vanguarde, Chatine on Bastille, and Alouette run away from the Refuge, to seek more information about her past. The General's plans for Laterre are a mystery that Marcellus wants to find out, and prevent from happening, but he constantly feels
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Lisa Mandina
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and a half stars really.

Just like the first book, Sky Without Stars, this was an incredible action-packed tale that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read. But also like the first one, it is a huge book. I mean, I guess that makes sense, seeing as it is supposed to kind of be a retelling of Les Miserables, which is a huge book by itself. I still havent had a chance to read Les Miserables, but having seen the movie, I feel I know enough to kind of get the feel for the story. This
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Sesana
After really liking the first book in this series, this one let me down quite a bit. I had been impressed with how Brody and Rendell had used threads from the original book and musical, but far less so this time around. In particular, Les Amis. This is, of course, what I had been waiting for, and what I got was wildly disappointing. Only Enjolras, Courfeyrac, and Grantaire showed up at all, they don't know each other, and not a one of seemed like they were based on their original versions at ...more
Anja
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Colby
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, than you so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Simon Pulse for an ARC in exchange for an honest review and participation in the bookstagram tour!

I don't want to spoil anything serious, so without doing so:

In the highly-anticipated sequel to the "Les Mis in space" Sky Without Stars, Between Burning Worlds gives us a detailed look into each character's mind. Marcellus is experiencing confusion and deep upset following the events and his personal involvement from Sky Without
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Stephanie Ward
I've been dying to read 'Between Burning Worlds' ever since I finished reading the first book in the series. I have to admit that I went into it with pretty high hopes and expectations because I loved the first book so much and I wasn't let down in the least. I basically adored every single part of the novel - from the world building and setting to the characters and the wonderful science fiction plot mixed as a retelling of Les Miserables, it was everything I hoped for and more.

I loved the
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Bookishly
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I need more.

Between Burning Worlds was absolutely amazing.

The book picks up a few days after the end of the first one, Sky Without Stars. The pace was super quick while still taking plenty of time to give a whole crapola of backstory that we didnt necessarily get in the first one. BBW was a perfect mixture of character driven and plot driven. And I could not get enough.

The three main characters: Alouette, Marcellus and Chatine were so amazing in this book. Chatine especially. She really grew
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Fabienne Schwizer
-- I received an eARC of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review --

Set at a bit of a distance from the first book, Sky Without Stars, Between Burning Worlds dives right into the action. Following the parallel strands of Chatine, Marcellus and Alouettes stories, it continues to depict the social unrest on Laterre, and the threat of complete revolution and devastating war. However, at the end of Sky Without Stars, Marcellus had discovered that his grandfather, the General, had been
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Lauriane
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Between Burning Worlds is the sequel of Sky Without Stars, written by Joanne Rendell and Jessica Brody. Ill start by saying that I was very grateful for the synopsis on each character at the beginning of the book. My memory was fuzzy on certain aspects, so this was a great refresher. The size of the book can be intimidating, but the story flows well. I was pleasantly surprised to see how fast-paced and thrilling the second book was. I went through the book pretty fast, faster than the first book ...more
Lauriane
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-sci-fi
Between Burning Worlds is the sequel of Sky Without Stars, written by Joanne Rendell and Jessica Brody. Ill start by saying that I was very grateful for the synopsis on each character at the beginning of the book. My memory was fuzzy on certain aspects, so this was a great refresher. The size of the book can be intimidating, but the story flows well. I was pleasantly surprised to see how fast-paced and thrilling the second book was. I went through the book pretty fast, faster than the first book ...more
Mrs. Kenyon
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marcellus thought he had escaped from under his grandfathers clutches but was quickly sent back into the life he fled to try and topple his grandfather from the inside. Aloutte just wants to know more about her past and that investigation exposes her to people who want to use these hidden secrets. Chatine is serving time on a prison moon and hopes to eventually leave the reality that has become her life. After a failed attempt to break Citizen Rousseau out of prison, Marcellus, Aloutte, and ...more
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Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self publishing her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager
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