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Change Of Seasons

The final books in Lisa T. Bergren’s Remnants trilogy, Season of Fire and Season of Glory, veer sharply from adventure to allegory.

Change Of Seasons

BOOK REPORT for Season of Fire and Season of Glory (The Remnants #2 and #3) by Lisa T. Bergren

Cover Story: J.J. Abrams Big Face
BFF Charm: Meh, Nay x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Apocalypse Future
Factor: Faith
Bonus Factor: Angels
Anti-Bonus Factor: Love Triangle
Relationship Status: Two Roads Diverged

Danger, Will Robinson! Season of Fire and Season of Glory are the second and third books in the Remnants trilogy. If you have not read the first book—Season of Wonder—turn away now. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you have read the first book, however, feel free to continue below. I will refrain from major spoilers in my review, but there might be hints at plot points and details about the story.

Cover Story: J.J. Abrams Big Face

I applaud the cover designer with sticking with this theme throughout the series, much like J.J. sticks with lens flare. I’m also glad to see that the actual titles of the books (rather than the series name) gets top billing on these covers.

The Deal:

Andriana and Ronan have traveled far to find their fellow Ailiths—or people with special High Gifts (i.e. superhuman abilities) and their protectors, all of whom were prophesied to be the saviors of their world. But saving the world is never easy, particularly when you’re up against adversaries like Keallach, the emperor of Pacifica (who also has a High Gift) and his most trusted advisor, the evil Sethos.

BFF Charm: Meh, Nay x 2

I really liked Andriana in Season of Wonder. Sadly, the first book was the high point in our relationship. Over the course of the latter ⅔ of the series, she lost some of that sparkle and spunk that made me like her so much. I can understand that she had a lot on her plate, what with doing battle with the forces of evil and trying to bring the people of her world out of the darkness (and dealing with a jealous and overbearing boyfriend), but I missed the girl I liked so much in the first book.

As hard as I tried to like Ronan, it seemed like the minute something made me start to like him, his jealousies and insecurities would rear their ugly head. He’s definitely someone I’d like to have fighting on my side in the battle of good v. evil, but not someone I’d ever want to date, nor have a good friend of mine date.

And Keallach, well … guy’s got some serious issues. I wasn’t ever sure what his exact game was, even when reading from his POV. He’s spent too many years under the thumb of the evil Sethos, and regresses too easily, to make me truly believe that he wants to be better (regardless of how the plot resolves).

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

Andriana and Ronan not only have to deal with the repercussions of having more than brother/sister feelings and not “being allowed” to have such feelings, but also a love triangle that makes all parties involved look pretty shady. There are moments of sweetness, but, for me, they were often overshadowed by the characters’ personality faults.

Talky Talk: Apocalypse Future

The world Lisa T. Bergren created in the Remnants series is rich and interesting, and is one that has hints of the familiar peppered among a post-apocalyptic, male-led, semi-monarchical society. In Season of Wonder, Bergren introduced a world that was Mad Max-like; in Season of Fire and Season of Glory, we see that some parts of society held on to present-day technology harder than others. This makes for an interesting mix of old and new, and adds a level of intrigue that’s reminiscent of FYA (and personal) fave TV show, The 100.

Unfortunately, in Season of Fire and Season of Glory, Bergren’s world-building plays second fiddle to characters and plots that aren’t as well crafted, or aren’t as appealing. Frustrating inter- and intrapersonal relationships take center stage, and much of the plot resolution feels way, way too contrived and/or easy.

Factor: Faith

Let me preface this by saying that—and I do not mean to offend—I am not a religious person. I do however, understand that faith is something immensely important to a lot of people, and I feel strongly that people should be able to believe in what they want to believe in. But I am not really a fan of books that push a certain belief, particularly when it overwhelms a plot that could have otherwise been really engaging. (Unlike the first book in this series, which tempered the religious aspects with adventure and excitement, Season of Fire and Season of Glory definitely come across as preachy.)

However, if you believe similarly to the characters, you might find these books uplifting and fist-pump worthy. I can’t accurately judge.

Bonus Factor: Angels

The angels in the Remnant series are the badass, sword-wielding, evil-slaying type, and I really wish there was more focus on them in the books.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Love Triangle

Most times, there’s an obvious better choice when it comes to love triangles in YA. In Andriana’s case, I’m pretty sure she’d be better off finding a completely new guy.

Casting Call:

I cast Andriana and Ronan in my review of the first book in the series, and to them, I’ll add:

Armie Hammer as Keallach

Relationship Status: Two Roads Diverged

I appreciated our time together, Books, even if I didn’t really connect with your stories. Had I been someone else, I might have loved your tales. Had you kept down the path of mixing mysticism and religion with a truly compelling adventure story, I might have been more on board. As it stands, however, we’re just not right for each other.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received review copies of these books from Blink. I received neither a private dance party with Tom Hiddleston nor money in exchange for this review. Season of Fire and Season of Glory are available now.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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