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AN HEIR. A RENEGADE A CONVICT. A CYBORG A DÉFECTEUR FIVE REBELS. ONE REVOLUTION. It’s been three months since the Patriarche was beheaded, leaving behind no heir. From the outside, Laterre seems to be flourishing. General Bonnefaçon has cleaned up the streets, fed the hungry, and restored peace while the next leader is decided upon. But dangerous rifts threaten to shatter t AN HEIR. A RENEGADE A CONVICT. A CYBORG A DÉFECTEUR FIVE REBELS. ONE REVOLUTION. It’s been three months since the Patriarche was beheaded, leaving behind no heir. From the outside, Laterre seems to be flourishing. General Bonnefaçon has cleaned up the streets, fed the hungry, and restored peace while the next leader is decided upon. But dangerous rifts threaten to shatter the planet from within. The Red Scar is killing anyone with a legitimate claim to the Regime, while the Vangarde and their freed leader are preparing to overthrow it. Then, it’s revealed that the Patriarche had a child in secret. A missing heir… Alouette is the general’s prisoner, interrogated on the whereabouts of his renegade grandson. Marcellus is desperately searching for her, knowing she’s the key to the Vangarde’s plan, but unaware that he’s being hunted by a determined new cyborg. Meanwhile Chatine grows restless, living with a rebel group she doesn’t fit into. Until an old friend solicits her help to save his Défecteur community from a mysterious, new threat. A threat that will tie them all together. When the general makes an explosive play for power, allegiances will shift, rebels will become leaders, barricades will rise, and the tinderbox of Laterre will finally ignite, launching a revolution five hundred years in the making.


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AN HEIR. A RENEGADE A CONVICT. A CYBORG A DÉFECTEUR FIVE REBELS. ONE REVOLUTION. It’s been three months since the Patriarche was beheaded, leaving behind no heir. From the outside, Laterre seems to be flourishing. General Bonnefaçon has cleaned up the streets, fed the hungry, and restored peace while the next leader is decided upon. But dangerous rifts threaten to shatter t AN HEIR. A RENEGADE A CONVICT. A CYBORG A DÉFECTEUR FIVE REBELS. ONE REVOLUTION. It’s been three months since the Patriarche was beheaded, leaving behind no heir. From the outside, Laterre seems to be flourishing. General Bonnefaçon has cleaned up the streets, fed the hungry, and restored peace while the next leader is decided upon. But dangerous rifts threaten to shatter the planet from within. The Red Scar is killing anyone with a legitimate claim to the Regime, while the Vangarde and their freed leader are preparing to overthrow it. Then, it’s revealed that the Patriarche had a child in secret. A missing heir… Alouette is the general’s prisoner, interrogated on the whereabouts of his renegade grandson. Marcellus is desperately searching for her, knowing she’s the key to the Vangarde’s plan, but unaware that he’s being hunted by a determined new cyborg. Meanwhile Chatine grows restless, living with a rebel group she doesn’t fit into. Until an old friend solicits her help to save his Défecteur community from a mysterious, new threat. A threat that will tie them all together. When the general makes an explosive play for power, allegiances will shift, rebels will become leaders, barricades will rise, and the tinderbox of Laterre will finally ignite, launching a revolution five hundred years in the making.

30 review for Suns Will Rise

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    as if this conclusion wasnt disappointing enough, etienne deserved better and i will die on this hill. where to begin? first, this conclusion is wayyyy too long. it got to the point where i honestly started to stop caring because this was just sooo drawn out. yes, this technically has everything i enjoyed about the first two books. a great sci-fi world, cool technology, the downtrodden vs the those in power rebellion plot, and interesting characters. but the way that everything happening feels li as if this conclusion wasnt disappointing enough, etienne deserved better and i will die on this hill. where to begin? first, this conclusion is wayyyy too long. it got to the point where i honestly started to stop caring because this was just sooo drawn out. yes, this technically has everything i enjoyed about the first two books. a great sci-fi world, cool technology, the downtrodden vs the those in power rebellion plot, and interesting characters. but the way that everything happening feels like nothing is actually happening really put me into a slump. so while there are positives about this final installment, the pacing and the length are just too much of a negative for me personally. however, i would still recommend this series to fans of ‘les mis’ and YA science fiction. ↠ 2.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    rose ★

    there is a flame that never dies, even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise no, i will not stop singing this, not until i hold this book in my hands. even then i probably won’t stop singing. i’m in tears already. bring on the pain! update: does- does that synopsis say “barricades will rise”??? all of my wildest dreams are coming true!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chloe:)

    SHUT YOUR MOUTHS IS MY ETIENNE COMING BACK?! OH MY GOSH 😩 EDIT 8/25/2021 …. I am truly devastated. I am truly in love. And I honest to goodness am truly, physically, in pain. 5 stars for ripping my heart out and setting it on fire…if you know you know. EDIT 9/9/2021 …. I just remembered there’s going to be no more books in this series and that makes me sad:(

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    TW: death, suicide, violence. I'm currently too exhausted to write a coherent review but just know that this was an extremely satisfying conclusion. It wasn't a perfect book, oftentimes giving over to melodrama and overly theatric dialogue, but I didn't mind. I love these characters and this story, and I'm genuinely sorry to see it go. That epilogue... perfection. (view spoiler)[CHATINE GOT A HAPPY ENDING AND THAT'S LITERALLY ALL THAT MATTERS (hide spoiler)] TW: death, suicide, violence. I'm currently too exhausted to write a coherent review but just know that this was an extremely satisfying conclusion. It wasn't a perfect book, oftentimes giving over to melodrama and overly theatric dialogue, but I didn't mind. I love these characters and this story, and I'm genuinely sorry to see it go. That epilogue... perfection. (view spoiler)[CHATINE GOT A HAPPY ENDING AND THAT'S LITERALLY ALL THAT MATTERS (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Esmė

    I’m torn between 4 and 5 stars because I really do love this series and I think this a triumphant finale but this series is why I hate love triangles/squares, the one time I let myself get invested in one it ends with the stupidest option. (view spoiler)[I am SO MAD that Marcellus emotionally gaslit Chatine this whole book and GOT AWAY WITH IT?? Get in the bin. Etienne was right there and although I thought the twist that HE was the Eponine counterpart was really clever (and I cried at THAT scene I’m torn between 4 and 5 stars because I really do love this series and I think this a triumphant finale but this series is why I hate love triangles/squares, the one time I let myself get invested in one it ends with the stupidest option. (view spoiler)[I am SO MAD that Marcellus emotionally gaslit Chatine this whole book and GOT AWAY WITH IT?? Get in the bin. Etienne was right there and although I thought the twist that HE was the Eponine counterpart was really clever (and I cried at THAT scene) I’m mad that he died to pave the way for Marcellus who never deserved Chatine. I guess Alouette just stopped being part of the love square altogether at some point, even though Marcellus was still flip-flopping between them until Etienne suddenly wasn't an obstacle anymore. Chatine spent so much of the books being defined by her hopeless commitment to Marcellus, a commitment she became aware was unhealthy for her, and I really wish the ending had been that she overcame that and went on to live a fulfilled life with her brother helping raise the other orphans or working within the Sisterhood with Alouette. (hide spoiler)] ANYWAY this series really is very good despite the odd overly cheesy Les Mis reference. I listened to all of them on audiobook and have to applaud the cast who all portrayed their characters excellently. If you like Les Mis, Star Wars, The Hunger Games - give these books a go.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin Phillips

    Best book series I have read this year! I don’t even know where to begin with writing a review! I was very satisfied with the ending I think because I was anticipating so much miserable-ness, expecting the ending to be just the same as the original story, so I valued that the authors were brave enough to do something different. And I think it makes sense for these characters in this universe. I thought I knew exactly what would happen at the end, so the fact that is was differently gave me and ove Best book series I have read this year! I don’t even know where to begin with writing a review! I was very satisfied with the ending I think because I was anticipating so much miserable-ness, expecting the ending to be just the same as the original story, so I valued that the authors were brave enough to do something different. And I think it makes sense for these characters in this universe. I thought I knew exactly what would happen at the end, so the fact that is was differently gave me and overwhelming feeling of relief haha Also, there are so many beautiful sentiments and lines in this series. The writing is not only masterful, but beautiful, genuine, and inspiring with truthful heart. It’s just amazing. I can’t wait to read this series again in the future! If you love brilliant world building, beautiful writing, and authentic realistic characters, strap in! It’s a long ride but it is so worth it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    4.5 Holy shit. What an epic conclusion to this book series. I fell in love with the series and this one especially with all of the small clues and nuances to Les Miserables and the casual mentioning of different track titles, it was just so good. I had a few issues with the way the romances were done and the importance that it was played and I know that that's a big part of the musical / the book but it's through things off for me in this particular retelling. Also even though I am so familiar w 4.5 Holy shit. What an epic conclusion to this book series. I fell in love with the series and this one especially with all of the small clues and nuances to Les Miserables and the casual mentioning of different track titles, it was just so good. I had a few issues with the way the romances were done and the importance that it was played and I know that that's a big part of the musical / the book but it's through things off for me in this particular retelling. Also even though I am so familiar with Les mis and I know that people die, I was still unprepared for the deaths in this book. My poor heart. Anyway, maybe I can write a more coherent review at some point, but for now if you are a fan of Les Miserables and sci-fi books you 100% need to pick this up. These books are massive but oh so worth it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Breanna Nater

    Great end to a Wonderful series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pai

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. JESUS CHRIST. OKAY IM IN PAIN HOW DARE YOU, MS. BRODY. YOU KILLED ETIENNE. Why you didn't kill Marcelus instead, I don't know, considering all the screwing around he did between Alouette and Chatine. Also considering he ended up with Chatine instead. Alouette wasn't even an endgame for him. Ridiculous. I'm so mad. Etienne was 100 times better than Marcellus. Gosh I hate him. But hey, Alouette got badass. I respect that. I mean... I understand why Marcellus lived and Etienne died. Closure and all th JESUS CHRIST. OKAY IM IN PAIN HOW DARE YOU, MS. BRODY. YOU KILLED ETIENNE. Why you didn't kill Marcelus instead, I don't know, considering all the screwing around he did between Alouette and Chatine. Also considering he ended up with Chatine instead. Alouette wasn't even an endgame for him. Ridiculous. I'm so mad. Etienne was 100 times better than Marcellus. Gosh I hate him. But hey, Alouette got badass. I respect that. I mean... I understand why Marcellus lived and Etienne died. Closure and all that dumb shit. I loved it regardless. But ow. ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow. And Hugo? Him too? Double ow. No one is going to miss that rat-bastard-crap-faced-ass-clown-bitch (sorry mom) though. No one. Absolutely no one. Because Cesar Bonnefacon sucks. In plain English. He sucks. Thank you, Ms. Brody, for ending his miserably pathetic life. I'm glad Roche lived. That kid is adorable. And Cerise. She got even more badass. I totally agree and share Gabriel's thoughts on our sparkle. I love her. Overall, I liked it. Awesome ending to a series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cancri E

    Me screaming in a corner, behind a curtain and under a pile of blankets and pillows: "3RD AUGUST CANNOT COME SOONER!!!!!!!!" Me screaming in a corner, behind a curtain and under a pile of blankets and pillows: "3RD AUGUST CANNOT COME SOONER!!!!!!!!"

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hernandez

    here’s the thing: there’s no way that i can rate this book without a bias. because this series mean the absolute world to me. it’s so so SO rare for me to find a book where i just fall completely and whole heartedly i love with it, and when i read Sky Without Stars last year, that’s what happened. the world and the characters absolutely stole my heart in a way that hasn’t happened since i read Percy Jackson when I was twelve years old. reading is truly an escape for me, and the time i feel most here’s the thing: there’s no way that i can rate this book without a bias. because this series mean the absolute world to me. it’s so so SO rare for me to find a book where i just fall completely and whole heartedly i love with it, and when i read Sky Without Stars last year, that’s what happened. the world and the characters absolutely stole my heart in a way that hasn’t happened since i read Percy Jackson when I was twelve years old. reading is truly an escape for me, and the time i feel most like myself is when i read a book. but often, i can only see the things i don’t like in books. i have a hard time loving a book because there are things that i could just not get past. sometimes it’s hard bc i want to LOVE what i read and that often doesn’t happen. even some of my five star reads aren’t perfect in my eyes. but these books truly are yes, there were some problems i had with this book. i didn’t care for the way the romance went, and i times i did think the book dragged. but honestly, i don’t CARE. because these books brought me such joy and honestly it wouldn’t be fair for me to give this book anything under five stars. i sobbed for TWENTY minutes during one part of the book, and never have i done that. yes, every once in a while, i will shed some tears over a book. but this one? this one hurt me so profoundly. i guess the bigger thing i’m trying to say here is, if you love a book, LOVE IT. don’t get so caught up in nitpicking it apart for things you don’t like (like i do) as a kid i would read everything and just love it all because of all the different things i got to experience. it makes me sad, that, as i’ve gotten older, i don’t love every single book i’ve read, or love it like i did when i was younger. so when i find a book that just makes the world completely disappear, i don’t care if there is things that i don’t like, because for a few pages i’m a kid again living in my own imagination, in a world where my problems disappear. thank you so much to the authors for writing these books. i don’t they will ever realize how much they truly mean to me. sobbed for twenty minutes and when i finally convinced myself to pick the book back up i sobbed again for another twenty. so yeah good times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    A+ rating. Wow. I just finished reading with tears in my eyes. This series has been everything. Wow. Such a gorgeously written tale that I savored. These 3 books are long, but I took my time with them because they were so good...I savored them. That's not the way that I normally read, but something about these books demanded that kind of respect and appreciation. It's a gorgeous series and the finale was impeccable. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS SERIES! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!! SOOOO GOOD! A+ rating. Wow. I just finished reading with tears in my eyes. This series has been everything. Wow. Such a gorgeously written tale that I savored. These 3 books are long, but I took my time with them because they were so good...I savored them. That's not the way that I normally read, but something about these books demanded that kind of respect and appreciation. It's a gorgeous series and the finale was impeccable. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS SERIES! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!! SOOOO GOOD!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    There was a lot of shouting at the end.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alyanna Oquendo

    I thoroughly enjoyed the System Divine series, and the rebellion I witnessed grow into a revolution. My only complaint was the love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles too much as long as it doesn’t get to the point where the center is stuck between the two love interests (they can’t decide because they love them both). It immediately dampers any love I had for the center character; especially, if their actions causes the two love interests to be led on. Despite the love triangle, I loved the I thoroughly enjoyed the System Divine series, and the rebellion I witnessed grow into a revolution. My only complaint was the love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles too much as long as it doesn’t get to the point where the center is stuck between the two love interests (they can’t decide because they love them both). It immediately dampers any love I had for the center character; especially, if their actions causes the two love interests to be led on. Despite the love triangle, I loved the plot and adored the majority of the characters; Alouette, Etienne, Cerise, and Gabriel in particular. Oh, and Denise, Jacqui, and Hugo.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    This book is so hard to rate honestly. Because the first solid 60% of it dragged, the pacing was so slow, it didn't feel like the last book in a high-stakes trilogy. It felt like it was setting up a series. Even when things happened, it didn't FEEL like things were happening, if that makes sense. The last maybe quarter or so of the book definitely took off and the action happened so quickly, one after the other, that I was at the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could. But that doesn't real This book is so hard to rate honestly. Because the first solid 60% of it dragged, the pacing was so slow, it didn't feel like the last book in a high-stakes trilogy. It felt like it was setting up a series. Even when things happened, it didn't FEEL like things were happening, if that makes sense. The last maybe quarter or so of the book definitely took off and the action happened so quickly, one after the other, that I was at the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could. But that doesn't really take away from the slowness of the majority of the book. Ettienne definitely deserved better. I'm a little frustrated at the end of the book (the epilogue) because while Between Burning Worlds introduced new, important characters, and Suns Will Rise made them into major characters (with their own POVs), the epilogue shoved them away in favor of the original characters which was annoying. eye dee kay, I have complex feelings. I did enjoy the series, and it was exciting, I just expected a little more out of this last book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (Royal_Reading_Company)

    Whew. That was a monster. It took me 2 and a half months to read this. I would stop and read something else in between, but I never once felt like I didn't want to go back and pick it up. Sometimes when you let a book sit for too long, it never gets read, but I wanted to keep reading, if at time I needed a break. MINOR SPOILERS in regards to my emotions. Nothing blatant, but still could give something away. This was a great and epic conclusion to the System Divine series. It did feel a little l Whew. That was a monster. It took me 2 and a half months to read this. I would stop and read something else in between, but I never once felt like I didn't want to go back and pick it up. Sometimes when you let a book sit for too long, it never gets read, but I wanted to keep reading, if at time I needed a break. MINOR SPOILERS in regards to my emotions. Nothing blatant, but still could give something away. This was a great and epic conclusion to the System Divine series. It did feel a little long, & at times, I admit, I skimmed over some long-winded speeches. I cried over Etienne. I rolled my eyes and scoffed at Marcellus and his idiocy. I rooted for Chatine as my heart sometimes broke for her. Cerise was a straight-up queen. Gabriel & Roche kept me laughing. And Alouette, well, Alouette really came into her own.... she grew up. As always though, I would've loved a little more epilogue. Especially for Gabriel and Cerise. They kinda left them out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    I downloaded the audiobook of Suns Will Rise as soon as it was available in my libro.fm account. It's been playing in my ear every waking moment for the past two days. Yall have seen these books. They're chonky. And now somehow the series is over and I'm trying to type this review through tears. I've enjoyed this series so much. It wasn't until book two that I understood exactly why. That's when I started to see parallels to The Hunger Games. And though, one is Dystopian and one is Scifi, the he I downloaded the audiobook of Suns Will Rise as soon as it was available in my libro.fm account. It's been playing in my ear every waking moment for the past two days. Yall have seen these books. They're chonky. And now somehow the series is over and I'm trying to type this review through tears. I've enjoyed this series so much. It wasn't until book two that I understood exactly why. That's when I started to see parallels to The Hunger Games. And though, one is Dystopian and one is Scifi, the hearts of the story are the same. Both series, while being action-packed, are very character driven. Both series have similar lessons. And, that ending had lots of Katniss/Peeta energy. I wish we had got some of the aftermath of *everything* and more lead up to the epilogue but I'm satisfied with it. Eventually, I would like to do an entire series reread. I highly recommend the audiobooks.

  18. 4 out of 5

    aspen d

    ohhhh myyyyy goddddd this book was a wonderful ending to the trilogy. you can tell that every death was for a reason and each characters ending had meaning or at least most did and it was very impactful. there are so many quotes in this book that are so beautiful and relevant. as per usual, the characters didn’t fail to make me love them. chatine ily forever :) the book is already long but i wish there was more like more chatine and marcellus and chatine and roche and CERISE. and maybe a bit more ohhhh myyyyy goddddd this book was a wonderful ending to the trilogy. you can tell that every death was for a reason and each characters ending had meaning or at least most did and it was very impactful. there are so many quotes in this book that are so beautiful and relevant. as per usual, the characters didn’t fail to make me love them. chatine ily forever :) the book is already long but i wish there was more like more chatine and marcellus and chatine and roche and CERISE. and maybe a bit more romantic development. but aaaaah but it was wonderful!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid Petrine

    This was a marathon of a book. Some of the characters' motivations toward the end didn't make sense, and that annoyed me a bit. It seemed too convenient. But, overall it was a good conclusion to a unique series, and a good read. This was a marathon of a book. Some of the characters' motivations toward the end didn't make sense, and that annoyed me a bit. It seemed too convenient. But, overall it was a good conclusion to a unique series, and a good read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This is a very satysfying ending for the trilogy, although I'm sad to say goodbye to this amazing world the authors have created and the incredible characters that populate it :) More on my review on September 22, 2021 here: https://youtu.be/5iSQ6wjTsew This is a very satysfying ending for the trilogy, although I'm sad to say goodbye to this amazing world the authors have created and the incredible characters that populate it :) More on my review on September 22, 2021 here: https://youtu.be/5iSQ6wjTsew

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This was a fine end to the trilogy, but it's a 700 page book that could've been told in 350. This was a fine end to the trilogy, but it's a 700 page book that could've been told in 350.

  22. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Being dropped back in the world of Laterre is an experience. Being immersed in the action, the mystery, the intrigue, and the betrayal which will leave you reeling. Featuring multiple POVs, Brody and Rendell weave a story which asks us what we will do to save our world. To fight for a better one or to burn the old one to dust. This entire System Divine trilogy is perfect for those (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Being dropped back in the world of Laterre is an experience. Being immersed in the action, the mystery, the intrigue, and the betrayal which will leave you reeling. Featuring multiple POVs, Brody and Rendell weave a story which asks us what we will do to save our world. To fight for a better one or to burn the old one to dust. This entire System Divine trilogy is perfect for those who love rebellions, sacrifices, and power plays. It unfolds across galaxies and hearts. SF Space Operas are my sweet spot and so to witness it combined with Les Mis is a true joy. We are presented with the challenge about how we should rebel. What is the "just" cause? Where is the line between sacrifice and revenge? Suns Will Rise examines the conflict for a way forward. About whether we must choose between action and peace. It is thoughtful as Brody and Rendell explore power and privilege. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At least Gabriel is alive... I will forever be upset that Etienne died. It should have been Marcellus idgaf. Chatine and Etienne should have been together. But after everything... the ending was as it should be.

  24. 4 out of 5

    G Daniels

    3 stars for the System Divine series by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell. The System Divine series consisting of Sky Without Stars, Between Burning Worlds and Suns Will Rise is a long saga, like almost two thousand pages long. The story-line follows a revolution on a planet named Laterre that is ruled by an incompetent clueless king and his pampered wife. I have heard it has been described as “Les Misérables in space”. Since I have never read or seen Les Misérables, I have to take their word on thi 3 stars for the System Divine series by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell. The System Divine series consisting of Sky Without Stars, Between Burning Worlds and Suns Will Rise is a long saga, like almost two thousand pages long. The story-line follows a revolution on a planet named Laterre that is ruled by an incompetent clueless king and his pampered wife. I have heard it has been described as “Les Misérables in space”. Since I have never read or seen Les Misérables, I have to take their word on this. I do know, like H.G. Parry’s “The Shadow Histories” duology, this loosely parallels the French Revolution including a paraphrasing of Marie Antoinette’s infamous “Let them eat cake”, the use of a guillotine-type execution method, to the rise of an ambitious military man who has designs to become emperor and happens to have the name of Cesare Bonafacone, (obvious mash-up of Julius Ceaser and Napoléon Bonaparte). Also, the prison moon where all criminals are sent is known as the “Bastille”. The class system consists of the three extremely divisive “estates”. The “first estate” is the aristocratic royalty who rule and only gain their position by blood-line. The “second estate” is the bourgeois class of entitled advisors and ministers who govern and, along with the first estate, live in a climate controlled protected dome, isolating them from the poverty-stricken starving peasant “third estate” that provides the goods consumed by the upper two classes but can barely feed themselves as they live in abject poverty and squalor. With the gaping chasm between the lowest class and the other two in this three-class system, revolution is imminent. The story is complicated and there is much intrigue and political maneuvering as there are two opposing rebel groups, the Vangards desiring a peaceful solution to the inequity and the Red Scars who advocate a violent overthrow of the government. There is a third “rebel” group involved, the Defecteurs who have abandoned the society and attempt to live independently, hiding from the government and attempting to isolate themselves from the class system. The Defecteurs and the Vangard were believed to have been eliminated years prior after an earlier revolution failed, but a small faction survived and went into deep hiding. General Bonnefacon, a master strategist, manipulates the rebel groups to help him gain power while at the same time trying to eliminate all three groups, seeing them as threats to his rise to power. The story is told by a number of the main characters and each chapter flips from one to the other. There are too many characters to list here, but books 2 & 3 do have a list of the main characters at the beginning of each book. The story mainly revolves around the three main heroes: Chatine, Marcellus and Alouette. ● Chatine Renard: is a thief in the third-level of the class system. She wants to escape to another planet and start life anew. Unwittingly she becomes involved in the revolution and is the main thread between the peaceful Vangard rebels and the Defecteurs who shunned society. ● Marcellus Bonnefacon: the general’s grandson and officer of the guard. He is training to someday take his grandfather’s position but he does not have the “heart” for the position and is seen as a joke by the other officers and soldiers. He meets Chatine and eventually learns what his grandfather is truly like, and joins the rebel cause. ● Alouette Taureau: raised by the “sisters” hidden from the rest of society living in an underground tunnel system where they protect books and live a quiet peaceful life. Alouette learns who the sisters really are as well as her own origins. She continues to have run-ins with Chatine and Marcellus until they finally team up together to try to stop the general and the Red Scar from destroying their planet. There is no real “romance” to speak of, though it is inferred between the three main characters, as Marcellus seems to be attracted to both Chatine and Alouette. Chatine is attracted to Marcellus but also has a complicated relationship with Etienne, a member of the Defecteurs group that Chatine meets up with. No strong relationship stands out where the reader can predict this couple will get together and that couple will get together. There is jealousy between Chatine towards Alouette over Marcellus and also between Marcellus and Etienne over Chatine. When you think Chatine and Etienne get together and Alouette and Marcellus end up together, something changes and keeps the reader off-balance about how the relationships will go until the end. Here is what I liked and disliked about this story: LIKES ● The writing is very good, Ms. Brody & Ms. Rendell did an excellent job of keeping the story crisp and interesting. With such a long story, it would be easy to get bogged down, but the pair kept the pace and maintained a high degree of suspense. Many of the chapters ended in a cliff-hanger, the next chapter diverting to a different POV and entirely new scenario leaving the reader wondering what was going to happen next. For example, one chapter might end with Chatine being confronted by the police and the next chapter would go to Alouette working with the Sisters, and then the next chapter would find Marcellus in the palace being confronted by his grandfather the general, and then the next chapter would return to Chatine and would describe how the confrontation ended, only to go to another cliff-hanger ending. This kept the pace moving and difficult to find a good stopping point. ● It was not overly saturated with romance with all the staring into the others’ eyes dreamily, obsessing over how they smelled of mint and jasmine soap or whatever. There were a few brief instances of kissing but it was not a major factor in the storyline briefly described with the minutest amount of detail. Most relationships were described through the interactions and verbal exchanges between the couple. It was natural and not forced. It was a nice change from how the romance is usually described in books. ● The unpredictability of where the story was going and how situations arose and were resolved. There was very little telegraphing as to what was going to occur. Of course, the ending in general was inevitable, but getting there was an unforeseeable adventure full of twists and turns. ● General Bonnefacon: he was so despicable, calculating and evil, had to love hating him. Just wanted to see him get a good beating and killed in a slow painful death. ● Though not a big fan of history, especially the French Revolution, this was an interesting story with all the plot twists and action. It was an interesting concept and wonderfully executed. ● It did not bog down with a lot of “science fiction” technology and futuristic technology. DISLIKES ● Marcellus: this character was an annoying self-pitying coward. He should never have been portrayed as a “hero” in the story and could have been killed without any great loss. Having the ability to stop his grandfather preventing a lot of death and devastation, he shows what a wimp he is and falters when given the opportunity. Then whines about it and wallows in self-pity. It was no wonder he was not respected by his grandfather or the other soldiers, he didn’t deserve respect from anybody, including the rebels. They should have sacrificed his whiney-ass first and saved a lot of people a lot of grief. ● The plot was forced at times. If I had the luck these characters had, I would be playing the lottery (and winning) all the time. There were so many times they were facing capture or death and miraculously escaped. They all seemed to have more lives than a cat and better luck than an Irish leprechaun. There were too many coincidences in the story, necessary to keep the story moving, but stretched plausibility. Also, how the relationships of the main characters were so intertwined was a bit much. The “incident” that turned the tide of the battle at the end of the story was a bit over-the-top and too convenient. In conclusion, if you have the time needed to commit to a long saga with plenty of action and intrigue to keep it interesting, and little romance to be distracting, I recommend this trilogy. If you are a fan of stories about the French Revolution then you should enjoy this story. It is very well written, Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell exhibited what talented writers they are. I will not hesitate to read more from them. This is a very good series and I recommend it without hesitation.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ETIENNE WAS THE REAL EPONINE?!?!?!??????!!???

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed the first two books of this series but could not find myself to enjoy a majority of this one. The pacing seemed off - spending so much time just not doing anything that by the time the book was wrapping up I couldn't find myself caring about any of it. So much of this book was speeches, sitting around or getting into a conflict that never had any meaning by the end. A good chunk of this book is set aside for receiving the bricks the camp needs to stay hidden - but there's never I really enjoyed the first two books of this series but could not find myself to enjoy a majority of this one. The pacing seemed off - spending so much time just not doing anything that by the time the book was wrapping up I couldn't find myself caring about any of it. So much of this book was speeches, sitting around or getting into a conflict that never had any meaning by the end. A good chunk of this book is set aside for receiving the bricks the camp needs to stay hidden - but there's never an explanation on who actually stole it and why they didn't rat the camp out. They also never get the supplies back and it's just set up for the war machines reveal - which is resolved in two sentences at the end and no one really thinks about this at all. The characters seemed to have drastically different charactizations from the previous two books or even different charactization from a previous chapter - including characters seemingly no longer caring for someone they cared about in a previous book. Gabriel and Alouette are friends in book 2, have history from their childhood, he literally takes a stun bullet for her but neither of them care enough to ask about the other. Gabriel is now so obsessed with Cerise - I don't even wanna get into this but I hated this - that no one else matters anymore. And there were so much seemingly happening off screen that we never got to see and just had to accept for what it was, meaning we not got any real explanation for things. Chatine tells her brother that they're related off page in book 2 and it's in part 3 of this book when you realize that this actually happened - though she seemingly never tells him that they have an older sister. Gabriel gets unstuck from underneath a barricade to end up in the sewers with no explanation on how he got there let alone the fact Hugo carried him back to the place. Jorlas just seemingly trusts the Inspector and we still never know /why/ - it's also to a point where Max trusts him and how? Why? There's no way I'm meant to be believe they just didn't recognize him when Hugo recognizes him /immediately/. This book just felt so off and it was disappointing that it turned out this way.

  27. 4 out of 5

    rajshree chettiyar

    goshie where do i start with this review without spoiling anything,,, this series has been a comfort and a spark for me when other books have failed. the world building is mesmerizing and the cast of characters are so unique and loveable. this series is so underrated and i can only hope that it one day gains in popularity so more people can fall in love with the beautiful story these authors have so gracefully spun. now onto reviewing this ~finale~. the beginning was off to a slightly rough star goshie where do i start with this review without spoiling anything,,, this series has been a comfort and a spark for me when other books have failed. the world building is mesmerizing and the cast of characters are so unique and loveable. this series is so underrated and i can only hope that it one day gains in popularity so more people can fall in love with the beautiful story these authors have so gracefully spun. now onto reviewing this ~finale~. the beginning was off to a slightly rough start for i had no idea at the time why the authors had made certain choices for some characters. the plot was very very well developed with enough twists that might not have made you fall off your chair but was still very logical in the unfolding of the story (which is more important to me than shock value!). the final battle was very enthralling and i have no complaints with how everything wrapped up plot wise. that being said…. i was *slightly* disappointed at the lack of resolution when it came to the romance the readers have been invested in since day one. i find this has happened in a previous (completely unrelated) series i also really loved. there is a gradual buildup over two whole books only for us to be left with crumbs at the end?? it leaves me slightly dejected and unsatisfied :/ regardless the amazing world building and the intricate plot definitely overshadow any romantic complaints i have for the book and series in general. rating: 4.5 stars :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    senna

    *spoilers* - google where do i send the bill for my therapy so the authors can pay for it?? - if i barely made it through the retelling how am i going to get through les mis?? literally the number of times i cried… it’s ridiculous. absolutely embarrassing. - one thing i will say, that even tho i loved it, i definitely think it was too long, unlike the others that are long, but fitting. for this book, it kind of felt like there were too many plots they had to get through so they just put it in one *spoilers* - google where do i send the bill for my therapy so the authors can pay for it?? - if i barely made it through the retelling how am i going to get through les mis?? literally the number of times i cried… it’s ridiculous. absolutely embarrassing. - one thing i will say, that even tho i loved it, i definitely think it was too long, unlike the others that are long, but fitting. for this book, it kind of felt like there were too many plots they had to get through so they just put it in one book - i got my endgame but at what cost? 😩😩😩 AT WHAT COST??????? - also i liked alouette in this book??? her character development here was delicious???? where was this alouette in the previous books?? - no lie i was about to fight the sisterhood (and marcellus sometimes) for how they were treating chatine 😤 chatine renard remains the best girl in the series and one of the best female ya characters i said what i said mess with her and you mess with me 💕💕 i’m so happy she got a happy ending even if we didn’t get to see much of it 🥺 - i’m going to miss these characters so much. i hope maybe one day we can get some novellas for the ten year epilogue gap 🥺

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corianna Chauncy

    I am writing this review through tears. Wow. This was good. Throughout the System Divine series, the plot has veered in some areas closer to the original plot of Les Mis and in others more toward its own path. Going into this much-anticipated finale, I really didn't know what to expect, but I needn't have worried. My expectations were exceeded by an ending both so like Les Mis and at the same time totally different. I was very happy with how almost every character's story was ended. My one real I am writing this review through tears. Wow. This was good. Throughout the System Divine series, the plot has veered in some areas closer to the original plot of Les Mis and in others more toward its own path. Going into this much-anticipated finale, I really didn't know what to expect, but I needn't have worried. My expectations were exceeded by an ending both so like Les Mis and at the same time totally different. I was very happy with how almost every character's story was ended. My one real complaint is that I thought those of the main characters who did not have chapters written from their point of view were left out a bit more in this story, especially (view spoiler)[Gabriel (hide spoiler)] . However, I was very happy with how it went for a book with a larger cast that had a lot to get done in 700 pages. Suns Will Rise is a spectacular ending to my favorite book series, and I would (and do) recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in the plot and genre.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Izzys_Internet_Bookshelf

    2.5/5 I tried.. that’s all I can say with this book. At first I was so excited to read it. Then it became apart of my nightstand for a good couple weeks. Then I had it in my backpack for a good couple days. THEN I finally read 300 pages in one sitting and decided I hat I just need to get this book over with. Don’t get me wrong, I remember liking this series but it is so big that I could use it in self defense. I have a love hate relationship with the fact that there is an overview. I wish more bo 2.5/5 I tried.. that’s all I can say with this book. At first I was so excited to read it. Then it became apart of my nightstand for a good couple weeks. Then I had it in my backpack for a good couple days. THEN I finally read 300 pages in one sitting and decided I hat I just need to get this book over with. Don’t get me wrong, I remember liking this series but it is so big that I could use it in self defense. I have a love hate relationship with the fact that there is an overview. I wish more books had them but in this case I wish it didn’t. As in I wish there were less characters. Whenever I was reading this book I just went with whatever was happening and was somewhat able to piece together what had happened in the past two books. I wish there was only the three main characters POVs but at the same time there were some other characters that I enjoyed but not as much. It seemed very spread out and there was obviously, a lot going on at once.

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