by Chuck Wendig
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Blightborn 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SEStone519 More than 1 year ago
After the events of Under the Empyrean Sky, Cael has a singular mission: get onto the Empyrean flotilla where both his sister and his former first mate, Gwennie, both reside. Little does he know Gwennie and Mere have their own problems on the flotilla. And life in the Heartland is about to get a whole lot more complicated, especially when Cael learns a startling truth about his father and the Blight. Wendig excels at creating compelling characters, and Blightborn showcases his talent. Rigo, Lane, Mere, Gwennie, and even Cael jumped off the page. Each showed the different dimensions of his or her personality, meaning I understood where they were coming for when they did the things they did. They also had me yelling at the book whenever they made dumb decisions. But I couldn’t stop turning the pages. In addition to the characters, the tension never really let up throughout the course of the story. Second books in trilogies tend to be low points for me, coming off as vehicles for authors to get the characters from book one to book three. Things actually happened in Blightborn. Important things that I think may play a huge role in the next book. My only minor complaint would be the lack of a plot strong enough to match the characters. That’s not to say the story itself wasn’t engaging. It reminded me of my complaints from the first book: It’s been done. However because the characters were so strong, I only notice this issue after finishing the book. Blightborn would be a great read for anyone interested in a YA dystopian thriller. Rating: 4/5 Blightborn by Chuck Wendig is published by Skyscape and is available as a hardcover, paperback, and eBook. **I received an advanced copy of this book from in return for an honest, unbiased review.
_staceykym_ More than 1 year ago
Review Blightborn is a continuation of the Heartland Trilogy that improved to seemed to improve...somewhat. I really don't have much to say about this book either. It had a lot more love scenes in it than the previous book, it was more everything and anything. Chuck Wendig wrote this mixture of science-fiction and high-fantasy that would have appealed to me if not for the world he created...and corn. CORN! CORN!! That blasted CORN. I really dislike it. I mean if not for it, all the problems the Heartlanders face would not exist and Cael and the rest of the gang would not be who they are, thus this book would not exist. I flew through this book as I did the previous. Its also a continuation of the previous and really expands on all the ideas that made no sense to me in the first book. We follow Cael and other various characters as all their action lead to one thing...the beginning of the ending of the Empyrean Empire. What fascinated me - don't ask me why - was that the characters were all interconnected through there knowledge of another character. They also lead paths that stem towards one thing and not various ones that make no sense; which I liked. Wendig's storytelling comes through once more in this novel. The grammar and style all flow together flawlessly. If anything, The Heartland Trilogy would have been a great children's read with all its storytelling and I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up on the Premier's Reading Challenge in Australia. Congratulations to Chuck Wendig on yet another published book! Rating Plan 1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking. 2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me. 3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea. 4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. 5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!