Summary:Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have scattered, and their home ship has been destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn't go as planned, and now they're at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive.
Will Seth ever see Waverly again? Will his health hold out long enough to help her topple their enemies? And will Waverly find a way to unite with her friends before they all fall? Nothing is sure and every moment is a risk.
After the brilliance of Glow and Spark, I had my expectations pretty high for the series conclusion Flame. Unfortunately, however, I think I simply set my expectations a bit too high because, as much as I enjoyed Flame, it just didn’t live up to the quality of the first two books in the series.
The rescue operation to save their parents failed, and now the children of the New Horizion are being held captive in their sister ship, the Empyrean. And the only three people who can save everyone – Waverly, Kieran, and Seth – are all separated.
This wasn’t quite as grim and unsettling as the first two books. It’s more action-packed than the first two, and the majority of it is seeing how the characters react psychologically after all the atrocities and trauma that have induced upon them in Glow and Spark.
As the ending to the series, this wrapped things up nicely. Justice is acquired, but that’s clearly no compensation for the characters after everything they’ve gone through. I suppose I just wanted…more.
Yet, this is still a thought-provoking and intelligently written story. It’s one of the best dystopian series I’ve read recently, and it reminds me why I love the genre so much. Amy Kathleen Ryan takes some very important social trends and she comes up with a thought-provoking and eerily plausible future.