Last Star Burning
Sev is desperately trying to fit into society after an act of treason by her mother resulted in the whole family’s loss of status. She is striving to do all the right things—work hard, attend re-education lessons, and avoid notice—because, in spite of everything, she still loves her nation. So when the government frames her for a fatal bombing, she’s faced with the one thing she never wanted: leaving the protection of her city to see what lies beyond.
Last Star Burning is basically a fantasy dystopian novel. The world is invented richly and with great care, but the concerns about corrupt governments, rebel groups, caste systems, and hidden information are standard dystopian fare. Nonetheless, Sangster brings a fresh face to the elements by populating her imaginative world with vivid, complex characters, none of whom are what they seem. Strong relationships between characters will keep readers invested in their lives, while plot twists and turns will keep them glued to the pages. Thoughtful looks at what makes right and wrong add to the subtlety of the book. Even readers who thought they were done with dystopian stories will want to check out Last Star Burning.