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The Width of the World by David Baldacci {Just Hatched}

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This third book in the series has a dystopian feel, combining magical world-crossing fantasy with a hint of steampunk.  Fans of Vega Jane will welcome this next stage in her quest for answers, but it is definitely not a good start for those of us who have not followed the series up to this point.

Note: I received an advanced copy of THE WIDTH OF THE WORLD from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Width of the World by David Baldacci {Just Hatched}

The Width of the World by David Baldacci (Vega Jane #3)on February 28, 2017
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 421 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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This is it. Vega Jane's time. She's been lied to her whole life, so she breaks away from Wormwood, the only home she's ever known, in search of the truth. She battles horrors to fight her way across the Quag with her best friend, Delph, and her mysterious canine, Harry Two. Against all odds, they survive unimaginable dangers and make it through.

And into a new world that's even worse. Not because deadly beasts roam the cobblestones, but because the people are enslaved but don't even know it. It's up to Vega, Delph, Harry Two and their new comrade, Petra, to take up the fight against a foe that's unrivaled in savagery and cunning. Not only is Vega's life and the lives of her friends on the line, but whether she triumphs or fails will determine whether a whole world survives.

3 Stars

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The Finisher by David Baldacci ARC {3 Stars}

The Finisher by David Baldacci is an odd middle-grade story placed in a village called Wormwood where the citizens call themselves Wugs and have been convinced that there is nothing in the world besides Wormwood and the dangerous Quag surrounding it. At first I thought The Finisher would be an exploration story about Vega discovering the secrets of the Quag and what the world really is. The Finisher instead barely touched on those aspects and instead took place nearly entirely within Wormwood while Vega reacted to various adults trying to manipulate and kill her. While The Finisher managed to greatly excite me about the second book, I don’t think I would have actually read the first book if I knew what I was getting into.

Note: I received The Finisher from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Finisher by David Baldacci ARC {3 Stars}

The Finisher by David Baldacci
Published by Scholastic Press on March 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 512 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In The Finisher, a 14-year-old girl named Vega Jane lives in a village called Wormwood where the citizens have been told that the forest surrounding them is full of monsters. When Vega's mentor disappears, leaving behind a secret message, she begins to realize that Wormwood is a village built on dangerous lies.

3 Stars

Strengths:
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