Given to the Earth

368p. Putnam. Apr. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399544644.
Gr 9 Up—In Given to the Sea, Khosa was able to save the people in the Kingdom of Stille from the sea. Instead of sacrificing her life as the Given, she marries newly crowned King Vincent and becomes the first Redeemed. Peace is yet to be achieved, however, as the waters continue to rise, the earth itself quakes, and Stille's enemies are uniting against them. Vincent is torn between his love for Khosa and his people; Khosa is pulled between the husband she respects and his best friend whom she loves. Relationships get messy, secrets are revealed, and unexpected alliances emerge in this intricate story of desire, bravery, and survival. The story is narrated from many different perspectives, reconnecting readers to beloved characters from the previous volume, as well as drawing teens closer to additional voices. McGinnis crafts an exceptional story from multiple points of view, providing fully fleshed out characters fans can't help but cheer for—even the antagonists. This installment is more mature than the first entry and is recommended for older readers.
VERDICT A satisfying duology conclusion for romance and fantasy fans and a good purchase for collections where the first title is popular.

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