The Severed Tower (The Conquered Earth #2)

 
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The Severed Tower
Age Range
13+
Release Date
November 19, 2013
ISBN
1250009472
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J. Barton Mitchell's sci-fi tour de force Conquered Earth series set in an alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world returns as the children forge deeper into the most dangerous lands in search of The Severed Tower Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City with Zoey after watching her repel an entire Assembly army. Zoey's powers are unlocked, but who and what she is remains a mystery. All she knows is that she must reach the Severed Tower, an infamous location in the middle of the world's most dangerous landscape: The Strange Lands, a place where the laws of physics have completely broken down. But the closer they get to the Tower, the more precarious things become. The Assembly has pursued Zoey into the Strange Lands. Among them is a new group, their walkers and machines strangely bereft of any color, stripped to bare metal, and whose agenda seems to differ from the rest. To make matters worse, the group hunting Holt are here, too, led by a dangerous and beautiful pirate named Ravan. So is Mira's first love, Benjamin Aubertine, whose singular ambition to reach the Tower threatens to get them all killed. Then there's the Strange Lands themselves. They have inexplicably begun to grow, spreading outwards, becoming more powerful. Somehow, it all seems tied to Zoey herself, and the closer she gets to the Tower, the weaker she becomes.

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Second Book in The Conquered Earth Series
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This is one wild ride of a book. The Severed Tower is a young adult science fiction novel about Mira, Holt, Max, and Zoey who will do anything to get to the heart of the Strange Lands.

What did I enjoy? The captivating characters make the story memorable and left me wanting to read the rest of the trilogy. The world building in The Severed Tower exceeded my expectations. While I was reading, it felt like I was there. There were new characters and elements to learn and it kept the story fresh. What I liked best was that a lot of the questions created in the first book were answered here.

What left me wanting more? The multiple plots and subplots made it hard keeping up with the story in some places. J. Barton Mitchell does include some flashback chapters to help keep the reader informed of previous events. However, the narration hops into so many characters’ perspectives that sometimes get confusing. Although these elements can make the book difficult to read, overall, The Severed Tower is a good story.

Readers will enjoy the Conquered Earth series if they like: Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic stories , and a little romance.
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