Emerald Dream is the second book in the four book Bronze Rebellion series. This YA dystopian book was sent to me by the author. Princess Irene, ignorant of the horror and torture her parents order for their citizens, is kidnapped by the rebels. While first living in fear of them, Irene begins to see the truth of her kingdom- slavery, human experimentation, and worse. After experiencing and witnessing the appalling state of women and children, Irene will no longer sit by and watch. She joins the rebels, and vows that once she is queen, she will transform the nation and fix her family's corruptness.
I love this book so much! Irene shows such maturity, and completely defies the stereotype brought on her. A princess is not a defenseless little girl. Ebony and Irene are complete opposites, but are united in their goal to end suffering. Irene brings out the vulnerability in Ebony, while Ebony brings out the soldier in Irene.
Asher's past is extremely complicated, and he pushes away everyone he cares about due to his self-deprecating nature. I loved how Irene refused to listen to him, and was constantly there for him. The added romance was terrifyingly strong. There was many, many, many pages of describing the emotions and physical yearning and desire involved in a relationship, and I say she outdid herself. I have no idea how Perry will top this book in the rest of the series.
Emerald Dream is emotionally raw and inspiring. It would take multiple pages to describe a single minute of emotions, and contains jaw-dropping painful references that made me teary-eyed. The author does not shy away from harsh violence, but rather focuses on the emotion that fuels the violence rather than the act itself, making it easier to read, and easier to connect to. Emerald Dream jumps enormously in the amount of intensity, violence, and tearful scenes. This was a real mission, many real human deaths the characters had to try to prevent. This was extremely stressful, and I could not tear my eyes away.
I highly recommend this book, and I cannot wait for the next one!
See my review of the first book in this series, Gold Shadow!
Title: Emerald Ream
Author: L.C. Perry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Series: Yes, Book 2 of 4
Rating: 5 Stars