Earth might be conquered, but the teens of the western United States haven’t given up completely in this series conclusion.
Teenagers Mira Toombs and Holt Hawkins are back together and able to act on their mutual affection, but their young friend Zoey, called Scion by the alien Assembly, has been abducted by Earth’s conquerors. Mira, Holt and their cohorts want to rescue Zoey and maybe save Earth (or at least keep things from getting worse). To do that, the Wind Traders, the paramilitary group White Helix and the rebel factions of the Assembly will have to work together. Mira heads to the Citadel in San Francisco, the seat of Assembly power, while Holt tries to enlist the pirates of the Menagerie in the fight. Zoey struggles against her captor; Mira, now psychically connected to the Assembly, fights to keep both coalition and sanity intact; and Holt, who, after a surprise attack by the Assembly, thinks he’s lost Mira for good, comes face to face with the man who’s been hunting him down: Tiberius, leader of the Menagerie. Is there any way this shaky association can prevail against the superior numbers and firepower of the Assembly? In the conclusion to his science-fantasy trilogy, Mitchell’s heavy description sometimes bogs down the action, but the battles are intense and numerous. Series readers will enjoy it, but newbies should definitely start with the first.
Good if slightly overstuffed post-apocalyptic sci-fi. (Science fiction. 13-18)