First there was Genesis, then Equinox, and now there is the dramatic conclusion to The Rosie Black Chronicles, Dark Star. Lara Morgan grabbed me right from the start of Genesis and I’ve been dying to find out how Rosie’s story will end. Will she be able to bring down Helios and save her world?
To protect Pip and fulfil her deal with Sulawayo, Rosie Black has joined Helios. But trouble is brewing within the ranks of the powerful organisation a rebellion is rising. Who is part of the rebellion? Who is trying to take full control of Helios? How does the mysterious Dark Star fit into these plans? The stakes are high for Rosie. The survival of Pip and the world as she knows it depends on her. Can Rosie find the truth and save those she loves before it is too late?
Dark Star is an action-packed, tense, sci-fi thriller and the perfect end to this fantastic trilogy. Our favourite characters return to help Rosie bring down Helios, and Lara also introduces us to some new characters who have their part to play. There are plenty of twists and turns in the story as, like Rosie, you’re never sure who to trust (is that person part of the rebellion or is it all an act?). From the moment you enter the Enclave with Rosie you’re on edge, and as Rosie discovers more information about Helios and her situation gets more desperate you start to turn the pages faster.
One of the things I like the most about the series is that the romance between the characters doesn’t get in the way of the story. There has always been a thing between Pip and Rosie, and in Equinox (the last book) a relationship developed between Dalton and Rosie, but their relationships don’t take over the story (like many YA series). In the world that they live in there isn’t really time to stop and stare longingly into each others’ eyes, but their relationships still affect their decisions. The bonds between them mean that they are willing to sacrifice their own safety (and their life) to help each other escape. You just hope that they will all make it through and be able to have their romantic moments after they’ve saved the world.
I also love the technology that Lara has created in her future world. There are medical patches that heal wounds, AI taxi cabs, pulse guns, a portal to transport people onto other planets, and many other fantastic inventions. A lot of her technology is more advanced versions of what we have today so it’s not hard to imagine a world like Rosie’s.
Lara ended the story perfectly, tying up the loose ends, but also leaving it open so that you can wonder about what might happen next. If you haven’t read The Rosie Black Chronicles get them from your library or bookshop now.
4 out of 5 stars
Thanks to Walker Books Australia I have a set of The Rosie Black Chronicles, signed by Lara Morgan, to give away. You can enter here.