Although there's an attempt at the empowerment platitudes that have recently become so popular in YA, it can't hold up a stale, lazy plot that insults readers' intelligence.
The Poppy War is one of a handful of books that are so astoundingly good, I recommend going into them 100% blind.
I started out wanting to assemble a lighthearted, quirky group for a chill dinner party, then things...escalated, and in the end what I've created is more Red Wedding than Sweet Sixteen. You have been warned.
What would The Handmaid's Tale look like set in the world of Red Queen? Whether you care to ask that question or not, Grace and Fury is here with an answer.
My hopes were answered: The Brink of Darkness is livelier, grittier and more rewarding than its predecessor.