I bought the first book in this trilogy, Broken Sky back in October when I attended Dept Con 2 and the author L.A Weatherly was there too. I had heard of this trilogy before but I didn’t really know anything about it. Once I read the synopsis though I was hooked. The world just sounded so intriguing to me and it will to you too. The Goodreads synopsis is as follows:
Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.
Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.
And where your date of birth marks your destiny.
But nothing is perfect.
And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?
From the bestselling author of the Angel trilogy comes Broken Sky – an exhilarating epic set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America and first in a new trilogy.
It is obvious to me that L.A Weatherly has taken a lot of inspiration from World War Two in order to create the terrifying world in which she has created. In this world if your particular star sign is seen as a danger or President Gunnison simply takes a dislike to you, you can be found Discordant which means you will be sent correction camps. Our protagonist, Amity Vancour is a good person always striving to be the best for her people and protect her country but what if the organisation she has placed all her trust in is corrupt somehow? What if her friends aren’t being entirely truthful? In all of the trilogy trust really matters. It can be the difference between life and death. It’s a fine line.
If you haven’t read the first book you should probably stop reading here unless you to be spoiled. All I can say is that you should go read it. The world, characters and especially plot twists are A star.
Collie. Collie. Collie or should I say Collis? I have now taken a dislike to him and I’m sure you have to after reading about his betrayal. Throughout the book however my hate has faded. I still don’t like him obviously but I realised that he is just a weak person, a coward if you like. Maybe some of you might even start to like him again and that’s okay. I think there is more to Collie than we know and we shouldn’t judge him until he shows us more of himself.
In the second book, Darkness Follows L.A Weatherly shows us even more of the horrific world showing us the unacceptable conditions in which Discordants have to live in, in correction camps, fighting over every single piece of material, no matter the size. The plot and fast pace of the novel will have you at the edge of your seat wondering what’s coming next.
Another part of this sequel which I loved was the role of Ingo Manfred. His role was a lot bigger than it was in the first book and I loved that. He is my absolute favourite. He never lies and never evades questions and doesn’t exchange platitudes just to make you feel better. Basically he just a really cool character and if you don’t love him there is probably something wrong with you.
If you haven’t yet read the third book stop reading here just incase I spoil the book for you which I definitely do not want to do. Make sure you come back though when you’ve finished!
The third book rounds everything up nicely and in a realistic way. The book makes you feel a part of it and the fighting, the constant loss of friends is realistic and heart-breaking, It is impossible to know who is next and it is inevitable that everyone will lose someone close to them.
I loved the epilogue. I thought it was a lovely end to a trilogy I was so invested in. To see that Amity and Ingo had a son and made a lovely life for themselves was something I think readers needed to see. Hope was a definite hero in this trilogy as without it this war they were fighting would have been lost. If Amity in particular lost her hope for a better world she wouldn’t have been able to inspire those around her to fight. I think that this is a message we can take into our everyday lives. Don’t lose hope just because something is hard.