About the Book
Author: Kristen Young
Genre: YA dystopian sci-fi
Release date: September 13, 2022
The Fight for What is Right is Also a Fight to Survive
On the cusp of graduation, Cadence is finally feeling in control. She’s about to become one of the prestigious Elites working in the Hall of Love. Plus, she can take her place as a full member of the underground Sirens who meet secretly in Love City. She’ll finally be able to use her memory skills for good, instead of reporting people as a Watcher.
But a dangerous trap is set, throwing Cadence into unwelcome and unfamiliar territory. Someone in the Collective remembers things that could very well get her killed. The Muse is by her side, after all, but will she be protected when someone powerful wants her dead?
Cadence just wants to be normal, free from politics or squad intimidation. Will she be able to achieve her Elite dreams, or will sinister forces leave her running for her life?
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Guest Review from Donna
What I think you should know:
Flight by Kristen Young is the third book in the Collective Underground series. It is Dystopian / Science Fiction appropriate for Middle grade readers and above. I would not read this book without reading the previous books in the series first. This book relies heavily on knowledge of the previous books to understand the story. Start with Apprentice
What you might need to know:
This book does contain violence.
What I think about this book as a reader:
Will you do whatever it takes to survive? That is a question that Cadence faces in this book. This book does not begin directly after the previous book, instead it
offers flashbacks to catch the reader up on what has transpired since the last book. I have been fascinated with this series since I started and became emotionally invested in Cadence and Hodge. This book had a much heavier theme to me than the previous books. It showed much more to the reality of the “Love Collective” and what they would do to stop “Haters” . I loved the way that the author allowed the story to unfold and was thrilled with the end of the story.
What I think about this book as the Mom of a YA Reader:
This is a great book for middle grade readers and above. I would use caution with younger or more immature readers, in this book in The Bible is reworded to fit the context of the Allegory.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
A Scottish-born Australian author, Kristen Young has worked in children’s and youth ministry for decades. She writes fiction and non-fiction for teens, and always has a notebook on hand to capture stray story ideas. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her family, watching movies with subtitles, and enjoying a little too much chocolate.
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Interview with Kristen Young, author of Flight
Okay, so Flight is the final novel in the Collective Underground series. Was it hard writing the conclusion?
The funny thing is, Flight was originally book 1! I wrote the story ages ago, and the manuscript won a Caleb award for unpublished fiction. The prize for that was a manuscript assessment, which came back with the comments, “This is good, but it starts a little fast. Can you add some backstory?”
So the backstory turned into two books?
Yes! Of course, by the time I came back to Flight, there were so many more story threads to follow, so the final result is very different to the original.
What did you change?
Some of the characters in Apprentice and Elite needed to re-appear, and so I had to change some of that. Like Hodge, who didn’t exist when I wrote the first version of Flight. There was also quite a lot of unfinished business that carried over from the first two books, and I felt that they needed some resolution, too. I can’t tell you too many details, though, because that would spoil the fun.
What can we look forward to in the final installment?
More thrills, more plot twists, and maybe some love. Just a whole lot of excitement, really. But seriously, Cadence is thrown into some pretty difficult situations this time, and she has to re-evaluate her whole mission. There are also some pretty high-level plots going on in the government that might send her a bit of trouble, too…
Love? Does that mean what we think it does?
I’ve already said I can’t spoil the fun of reading.
Oh, go on. Tell us.
Sorry. You’ll just have to read it. 🙂
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