Review: A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden

Title: A History of Madness

Author: Rebecca Crunden

Genre: dystopian, sci-fi

Source: author

Series: The Outlands Pentalogy (#2)

After coming back to the city for a cure to the sickness he and Catherine Taenia had contracted, Nate is now imprisoned, facing execution, and ignorant as to the fate of the rest of his friends. But, after a strange and unexpected meeting with the king, Nate’s sentence is commuted and he’s sent to a work camp for five years. After learning the fate of his beloved Kitty, Nate breaks out of prison and rescues her, deciding that five years is too long to late. Together, with Zoe and Tove, they escape to the Outlands, where their adventures only just begin.

I highly enjoyed the second book in this series. Questions that I had about the world started to be answered, although I suspect there are more answers in the rest of the series. I loved getting to know the people in the Outlands who call themselves the Radiants and see themselves as being chosen by God. And I loved to death reading about how they viewed the people who lived inside the kingdom. Engus is probably my new favorite character and I loved his interactions with everyone.

I wish there had been more Kitty in this book, although she was the star of the last one, so I understand why there wasn’t. It liked getting into Nate’s head and seeing how he viewed things. I did feel like I never quite broke through the exterior of him, though. I know he things and feels very deeply, but the writing didn’t quite make me feel what he was. I wish there had been a more visceral connection between me and him, if that makes sense. But I still really like him and love the way he talks and interacts with the other characters.

My only disappointment was what happened to Kitty. What happened to her was realistic and totally believable, but I was just sad about it. My last memory of her from A Touch of Death was one of strength and defiance, and it was disappointing to see that she wasn’t able to keep up that defiance. However, despite all that happened to her, she’s still so incredibly strong and fierce. I love that she goes after what’s right for her, even when it’s a difficult decision. I can’t wait to read more of her.

I would recommend this, especially if you like dysoptian worlds. The characters are likable, the writing is engaging, and the ending of this is fantastic. It’s a great cliffhanger that will make you want to keep reading. So, I recommend that you give it a try!

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