NACREOUS (Harmony Run #4)
by Sarah Elle Emm
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy
After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.
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(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I’d probably give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. Although I did like it better than the previous books, I didn’t really like the fact that the book slipped between two different first person perspectives.
I liked that this book picked up immediately from where the last one ended. It was really good to see a much more serious side to Marcello as he tried to protect Rain… but it was really disappointing to see that Rain hadn’t learned much, to the point where she put not only herself in danger, but also other people.
I continued to find Rain’s dreams intriguing. While it was good to be able to see the potential for good in Nata and I did feel a little bit of sympathy for her, even though I did feel that she was completely beyond help. And it was interesting to see the way the dreams had to be interpreted, rather than just everything they needed to know.
I also found it interesting to see more of Niyol. I liked his character and it was good to see him trying to help all of them, though I did feel there was some element of him swooping in to save the day.
There were some really horrible scenes in this book (and the whole of the series) and I felt the tension became more pronounced the more I read the book. Even though Daktair was able to heal people really well, it was also good to see that the characters did get hurt and did suffer. Plus, it was good to see more of the other kids using their own abilities as well as those from the TFF.
I did find this book easier to read than the others and I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the kids who Nata had been brainwashing. I also felt a lot of empathy for Calista and it was good to see more of her as well as Grandma Julia.
In some ways, it was a bit disappointing to have this series end, but I did like the ending. Then again, it seems like there’s more of the story to be told… and I’d like to see more of the characters like Marcello and Calisto; and Cole and Adrienne.
About The Author
Young-adult fantasy and women’s fiction author, Sarah Elle Emm, is a native of Evansville, Indiana and graduate of The University of Evansville. She has lived in Germany, England, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and traveled extensively beyond. Sarah is the author of the Harmony Run Series, which includes PRISMATIC, OPALESCENT, CHATOYANT, and NACREOUS. She is also the author of MARRYING MISSY, a #1 Amazon Best Seller. Sarah currently resides in Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship, she is writing.