Blightborn by Chuck Wendig
Book of the Month
Blightborn by Chuck Wendig is the second book in The Heartland Trilogy, and is a huge improvement over the first book. I almost didn't read this book given how much the characters grated on me in the first book, but I have read a few books by Wendig, I had faith that there was a method to Wendig's madness, and Blightborn certainly repaid my faith with interest.
The story immediately follows the end of Book 1, with the boys (Cael, Lane and Rigo) on the run from an Empyrean security force and searching for a means to reach the flotillas above. Meanwhile, Gwennie and her family have been transported to one of the flotillas, but the reality of living in the sky is nothing like what was promised, with Gwennie and her family split up and spread out amongst the flotilla to act as servants or arm candy. And while all this is happening, the rebellion is starting to make some noise - the Sleeping Dogs are starting to wake up.
Blightborn is the book where the real story of The Heartland Trilogy comes to the fore. Cael McAvoy (aka Jerkface McDouchebag, see my review of book one here) is still an important part of the story, but his self-centred, immature, and poorly thought out motives and ideas are slowly subsumed into a story much bigger than himself. Rebellion. Rebellion is not a new concept, there are many stories that deal with different aspects of rebellion, but rebellion makes the story of Blightborn far more compelling than what was originally presented in book one. One of the things I really like is that Wendig doesn't make the leaders of the Rebellion very sympathetic at all. They are users, abusers, people who will do whatever it takes to achieve the end goal, even if it means manipulating their troops into positions so that they think they are willingly giving their lives to further the cause. Wendig leaves it to the readers to decide just how much the end justifies the means. We get to see rebels from multiple perspectives, as freedom fighters putting their lives on the line to make things better for the downtrodden and underprivileged, and as terrorists who are willing to commit genocide in the name of freedom. The contrast is quite stark, especially when Jerkface McDouchebag is the lens through which you are viewing the situation.
I'm still not a fan of Jerkface McDouchebag. He remains a petulant selfish child who is too self-involved to have any perspective. That said, his selfish attitude means that he is not immediately enchanted by the rebels and their cause. He looks at their cause and says "okay, but how does that really help me?", and it is from that moment that Jerkface McDouchebag slowly starts to grow (physically and metaphorically) and walk along the path that will eventually earn back his given name. I get the feeling that by the end of book three, I will be calling him Cael McAvoy once more.
I really enjoyed Blightborn, much much more than Under The Empyrean Sky, and it's because Wendig improved on everything I liked about the first book while addressing some of the issues. He increased the complexity of the world and underpinned it with a rich and fascinating history. He introduced a far more compelling overarching plot that I want to see through to its final resolution. He made the characters far more sympathetic and relatable, with a more diverse range of motivations driving these characters in interesting directions. He made me want to drop everything and read the third book, and for me, that is the most important part of all.
This Blightborn book review was written by Ryan Lawler
All reviews for: The Heartland Trilogy
Under The Empyrean Sky
The Heartland Trilogy #1
Fear the Corn. Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It's the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to gro...
The Heartland Trilogy #2
Cael McAvoy is on the run. He’s heading toward the Empyrean to rescue his sister, Merelda, and to find Gwennie before she’s lost to Cael forever. With his pals,...
The Heartland Trilogy #3
It’s been a year since the Saranyu flotilla fell from the sky, and life in the Heartland has changed. Gone are the Obligations and the Harvest Home festivals. In thei...
Have you read Blightborn?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Blightborn reader reviews
9/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
The Obernewtyn Chronicles
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities, it is also dangerous. Survival is only ...
Cirque du Freak
Darren Shan seems like your average boy--he likes playing football with his mates, passing notes in class and loves spiders. Then, one day, his best mate Steve gets tickets...
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies t...
Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X Isle, the island where life is rumoured to be easier than on what...
The Testament of Jessie Lamb
Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God. As she watches her world collapsing, Jessie Lamb decides she wants to make her life coun...
The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the people...
Shades of Grey
Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy...
In a world where the undead outnumber the living, Moses Todd (the only recurring character from The Reapers are the Angles) roams the post-apocalyptic plains of America. Hi...
Skyward: Claim the Stars
Spensa's world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa's dream. S...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: