Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins/. Jan. 2023. 384p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062840295.
Gr 9 Up–This sequel to Muse expands on the alternate history where America has a monarchy, stepping back from the magic and science aspects of the first installment to focus on politics. Claire has found the freedom she always wanted in her marriage to Remy despite its consequences, and she uses it to assist in a revolution that might end the American monarchy. The plot is rather too convoluted to come together without some deus ex machina, and Claire’s romance with Remy feels unfinished in many ways. An author’s note explains that the series is supposed to be a commentary on the perils of white feminism, but sadly it misses the mark.
VERDICT Not recommended for purchase.

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