This post is part of the Enchanted Book Promotions tour for Liberty’s Torch. I received a copy of Liberty’s Torch free in exchange for an honest review.
Book: Liberty’s Torch (Dystopia book 3)
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Author: Janet McNulty
Genre: YA Dystopian
Readability Rating: 3 stars
Morality Rating: PG
Ms. McNulty began writing short stories at an early age. That passion continued through college until she published her first book: Legends Lost: Amborese under the pen name of Nova Rose. Since then she has gone on to publish a mystery series, children’s books, and even a dystopian series.
Recently, her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s causing her to visit her grandparent’s and record her grandfather’s memoirs before they become lost. The final result is Grandpa’s Stories: The 20th Century as My Grandfather Lived It. She did this to preserve her family history before it becomes lost.
Ms. McNulty currently lives in West Virginia where she enjoys hiking, being outside, crocheting, or simply sitting around and doing nothing. She continues writing. She is finishing up her dystopian series (the second book, Tempered Steel, is to be published in August 2013 and the final one, Liberty’s Torch, in November 2013).
All it takes is one spark to ignite the flame of liberty.
Six months have passed since Dana and Kenny parted. Forced to live as a wanderer, Dana discovers a crashed drone and learns of the chaos within Dystopia and what President Klens has planned for the resistance. Realizing that she must go back, Dana acquires the help of a seventy-year-old man and an old friend. Upon her return, she finds that rebellion is in the air as the government continues to eliminate dissenters.
Forced to disguise herself, Dana searches for the resistance to tell them of President Klens’ plans. After a few run-ins with the officers and narrow escapes from Colonel Fernau—his obsession with her growing each day—she learns that the people of Dystopia yearn to be free from their oppression. What they need is a leader. Knowing that everyone she cares for will never be safe so long as the government reigns supreme, Dana must decide how far she is willing to go achieve freedom.
I liked this book, but I wish I had read the first two in the series. This is definitely not the best stand-alone book. The writing was good overall, but had a few strange quirks in spots.
Plot: I thought this plot was pretty typical of most dystopian stories, but there was enough of a twist to keep me interested. I certainly did not expect the ending at all. I was quite pleasantly surprised by it. You’ll have to read it to find out what it is!
Characters: I found it a little hard to connect with the characters in this story. Probably because this book was the last in a series. I didn’t know that before I agreed to review the book. I wish I had read the first two stories first. That would probably have made the characters seem more real to me. I also had a hard time determining the age of any of the characters.
Setting: I thought the setting was a little strange. I couldn’t quite see it in my mind, but it seemed like maybe it was a mix between western and futeristic? Almost like Firefly, maybe?
Writing: I liked the writing style for the most part. A couple of phrasings could have been worded differently. A couple of times I had to re-read something to figure out what the book was trying to say, which is never a good sign in my book. But for the most part, the writing was clear and flowed well.
I liked this book overall. I probably would have liked it even better if I had read the first two books. If you like dystopian books, then you should enjoy this series- but read the first two books before this one!