Author Jason D. Morrow brings his Starborn saga to a satisfying conclusion with this third volume, Even in Death. The story starts with its protagonist already dying, already making plans to avoid being resurrected as a flesh-eating greyskin. The battle for her home town is over, and now begins the battle for humanity. Mora’s impending death lends a sense of desperate urgency to this tale. Afraid to tell anyone she’s been scratched, she risks alienating friends and allies in her quest to quickly destroy the evil Jeremiah. But she’s not the only one living a secret life, fighting secret battles in this fast-action tale. While rebellion jumps from town to town, and super-powered Starborn come together to make plans, Mora finally acknowledges her own heart, just as her beloved hides his from everyone else. Friends and strangers, powerful and weak, betrayers and betrayed will all come together as this young adult tale races to its inevitable conclusion. Questions raised in the earlier two books are pleasingly answered and events come together convincingly. Readers might guess what’s going to come, but the emotions and motivations are well-drawn, as is the action, keeping the pages turning til the end. I particularly like the positive ending to the story , enjoyably different from so many modern dystopian tales. I like the natural way that events from the previous novels are brought into focus too, without long pages of telling, making this an enjoyable end to an enjoyable series of YA, dypstopian, coming-of-age novels.
Disclosure: After reviewing books 1 and 2 I was delighted to be offered a free ecopy of this book for one more review.
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