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Review: Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Flame (Sky Chasers #3)
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Pages: 336
Source: Hardcover/Library

In the thrilling conclusion to the Sky Chasers series Waverly, Kieran, and Seth struggle to survive on-board the New Horizon—and take down their enemies before it's too late.

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. Kieran has been pulled under Anne Mather’s wing, but is she really trying to make peace, or just using Kieran to build her own power? Meanwhile, Waverly is taken in by a mysterious old man who wants to help her bring Anne Mather down—but the more Waverly cooperates with him, the more dangerous her position is, and the more at odds with Kieran she becomes.

Seth's situation is even worse. After setting out from the Empyrean on his own, with only a vague strategy to guide him, he is a fugitive aboard the New Horizon. He's doing what he can to challenge the power of Anne Mather, but he's badly hurt, and getting sicker.

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 in this explosive finale of the Sky Chasers series.



Review: Overall I thought this was a great ending to the series. This book was filled with action, and not all of it physical. I thoroughly enjoyed not only the pulse pounding physical action taking place but also the mental action of everyone using everyone to advance their own position, no mater what the cost. I couldn't put this book down because something was always happening, whether it was the doctor trying to use Waverly to take Anne down, Anne trying to use Kiernan to take the doctor down, everyone searching for Seth etc. There was always something happening!!!

I really enjoyed the multiple view points! In some books it works and some it doesn't, but due to the nature of the situation the characters find themselves in, the multiple POV's worked well to tell the whole story without just focusing on one person to tell it! Overall, I had to say I enjoyed the POV's of the people hiding on the Empyrean and Seth the most. There was always something interesting going on during the scenes of those still on the Empyrean and Seth was always getting into trouble or having trouble find him. His scenes were always interesting to read. 

The story was predictable in some areas but surprising in others. Such as when Jared took Waverly somewhere alone. I could see where that situation was going right away. But then when you had a scene like when Kieran was forced to swallow bombs, I totally didn't see that coming! The story had a good mix of surprise while keeping certain things predictable like some things usually are in a story. 

I was overall happy with how things turned out. I really wasn't sure that the Empyrean would be salvageable after what happened to it but I'm glad it got fixed to the point of being able to run for a few more years! I was also very happy that the people from the Empyrean went back to their ship and were able to find a planet to live on without the New Horizon people. I was very bummed though that Kieran got taken back to the New Horizon and never got to experience the new planet with the rest of the Empyrean crew like he planned to, but I'm glad he got operated on and was OK. I also definitely think the people that needed to end up together did! Waverly definitely belonged with Seth and I think after seeing how they were with each other, Kieran definitely belonged with Felicity! I'm super happy these couples got to have their happily ever afters with each other!

5 Stars!

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