Review of ‘We Unleash the Merciless Storm’ (We Set the Dark on Fire #2)

By Cynthia Bujnicki

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Katherine Tegen Books
Image Credit: Edelweiss

To Carmen being a part of the revolution meant everything to her. It meant fighting to hope and a better future. But her return amidst a botch rescue has not been as welcoming as she thought. Carmen has been gone too long and things have changed. A new recruit has changed the order of the La Voz, has changed what it meant to be a part of the rebellion. Carmen takes it upon herself to expose a traitor in her midst and return to Daniela and fight for the peace and equality she has always wanted.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia is the first in a powerful novel with an important message and LGBTQ representation.

Excellent sequel. It was an excellent decision on Mejia’s part to take the story into another direction and follow Carmen’s point of view. Through Carmen’s perspective and journey, the reader gets to know the inner workings of the rebellion and what they fight for. There is an incredible scene Carmen going over the wall that resonates so strongly with me as a Latina and Mexican reader and will resonate with all immigrants trying to get over a border to a new and better life. It was a powerful scene that captured the hope and struggle and sadness of the situation, and that is only one part of the novel that makes it so incredible.

There is also joy in seeing Carmen grow beyond the scope of Dani’s vision in the previous novel. There was this whole other side to Carmen that the reader did not know existed. There is a fierceness that is different from Dani’s; it comes from living in the rebellion since childhood and being a spy for her entire life. She knows who she is and is trying to fight for a better life; she is a fierce protagonist who does not give up her identity, her hope, or her love.

Having the main characters represent not only Latinx characters, but the LGBTQ community is empowering. It makes for a great read by being both empowering and sending a powerful message to readers. It deepens the dynamics between Dani and Carmen, focuses on the rebellion, and shows the reader what La Voz is fighting for — equality.

We Unleash the Merciless Storm is an empowering and thoughtful read that inspires readers to be true to themselves and fight for what is right and their beliefs. (✮✮✮✮✰)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Feb. 25, 2020

Page count: 400pp

Age Range: 14 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-0626-9131-6

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

List Price: $17.99


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