Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers #3
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
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.
There are a lot series that are coming to an end this year, and the Sky Chasers Trilogy in one of the many that are on the long list. Flame is the final book, and was one of my most anticipated reads. I was completely blown away when I read Glow and was very impressed with Spark. They are both wonderful books, so I was expecting nothing but greatness from Flame. Although I enjoyed it a lot, it didn’t have the same impact as the previous books.
Spark left us with a killer cliffhanger, and Flame picks up right from the moment we left off. Since there is no easing into it or recapping, I was glad that I took notes. Unfortunately, my notes sucked, so I ended up rereading the last few chapters of Spark before diving into Flame. I could remember bigger important aspects of the previous books, but not so much when it came to certain details. So I felt a bit out of sorts at first, but it didn’t take very long to get back into the Sky Chasers world.
What I’ve loved about these books is the complexity of the characters. Some are easy to love, but others are not. Yet, even though they aren’t easy to love, you get an understanding of why they do and say the things they do. What was once black and white, is blurred into various shades of gray. If someone does something bad, does that mean they are automatically a bad person? I also loved how they examined the different leadership styles, uses of power, and belief systems. There are a lot of great ethical and philosophical questions raised, which were done really well.
The characters dealt with a lot of issues throughout the series, both externally and internally. They were all thrust into situations and roles that they were not ready for, and they made plenty of mistakes along the way. However, I liked the mistakes they made. Weird, right? But I found them realistic and necessary for the characters to learn and grow from. Waverly continues to be the smart rebellious girl I love, and Kieran has come a long way from when we met him in the first book. Sam is the one who I’ve felt the most growth from, though, and became one of my favorite characters of the series. He didn’t always make the best choices, and was definitely rough around the edges, but turned out to be a wonderful character.
The first two books packed a lot of meaningful punches that always left me feeling reflective, but Flame felt a bit different. Not bad, just different. It was more like a last stand, everything came down to this. In Flame, we encounter twists and turns, not knowing who to trust or who to turn to. I was constantly wondering how they were going to get through it all. It did feel like it dragged a bit at parts, but really, even those moments were interesting. Ultimately, though, I was pleased with the way everything turned out. If you know me, then you know that could mean they all went down in flames, they all lived happily ever after, or anything in between. Either way, I was happy with it. So you’ll just have to find out for yourself. 😉
I definitely recommend the Sky Chasers Trilogy, but I also recommend reading them close together. Actually I would treat the second and third books more like one big book. I think it would have a bigger impact going into Flame soon after reading Spark.
Sky Chasers Trilogy