Published by Daw Books on October 27, 2020
Series: The Thorne Chronicles #2
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairy Tales & Folklore
Source: ecopy from Publisher
Also in this series: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse
Rory Thorne must use the fairy blessings gifted to her to change the multiverse in the second book in this space opera duology.
After avoiding an arranged marriage, thwarting a coup, and inadvertently kick-starting a revolution, Rory Thorne is no longer a princess, but a space pirate.
Her new life is interrupted when Rory and her crew--former royal bodyguards, Thorsdottir and Zhang, and co-conspirator Jaed--encounter an abandoned ship registered under a false name, seemingly fallen victim to attack. As they investigate, they find evidence of vicious technology and arithmancy, alien and far beyond known capabilities.
The only answer to all the destruction is the mysterious, and unexpected, cargo: a rose plant. One that reveals themself to be sentient--and designed as a massive biological weapon. Rose seeks to escape their intended fate, and Rory and her friends must act fast when the attackers return with their superior weaponry.
As the situation gains the attention of an increasing number of alien races, Rory finds herself acting as negotiator and diplomat, in order to save Rose and her friends--and avert an unprecedented war.
Please Note: This is the second book in a series that should be read in order. This review may contain spoilers from book one.
If you are new to this series, you can check out my review of Book one HERE
How the Multiverse Got its Revenge is the second book in the Thorne Chronicles by K. Eason. The Thorn Chronicles is a young adult science fiction series. It is a like a fairytale set in space! I loved the idea of this series. Book two felt like even more of a feminist kick butt journey than the first book did. which I loved! The writing is just as witty as the first book, and the characters have really all come into their own, especially Rory. If you like Science Fictions with fun plots and great characters then I think you will really enjoy The Thorne Chronicles immensely.
How the Multiverse Got its Revenge takes place two years after the events of the first book. Rory has successfully avoided marrying her betrothed, but as a result her and her gang is now on the run. We learned some about the plants of space in the first book, but they take on a much bigger role in this second installment. In fact, the plants have a mind and an agenda of their own, which was super interesting. I got a little bit of a Terraformer by Colleen Houck vibe while reading this book, which was pretty cool. This must be the year of the plants in novels!
I enjoyed this follow up to book one, but the pacing of this one felt a little slower to me. I loved the fast pace of the first book. I felt like there was always something happening, and I didn’t feel like that while reading this book. What I did really enjoy was that the problem solving seemed to step up its game in this book. The big bads here were really smart, and Rory struggled with that a bit. I really enjoyed seeing her and the gang push themselves to try and gain back their upper hand against these new aliens. It was a great challenge for them, and I really loved seeing more Arithmancy, and seeing more of the various aspects of Arithmancy, like Aura reading and complex code work. It was really fascinating and I think it was my favorite element of the story.
With villains, plenty of political issues, action and another romp across space, How the Multiverse Got its Revenge was a fun book. There is no cliffhanger ending and the story indicates that this is the end, but it leaves the reader to guess whether this is truly the end of Rory’s exploits or if there could be more adventure in her future. I liked the way everything ended, but I am personally hoping for another installment or two because I feel like there are so many other adventure out there for her and her friends. How the Multiverse Got its Revenge was a solid book, and I really enjoyed it. I think I liked the first book just a smidge more, but How the Multiverse Got its Revenge will appeal to character driven readers of science fiction. Plus, it has a fun mix of fairy tale elements and creatures that added a bit of whimsy to the story. The Thorne Chronicles were a fun read for me. Let me know your thoughts below if you have read this series!
Books in the Thorne Chronicles
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge