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Finishing Hugh Howey’s Bern Saga Series

Another back post. I finished this series up in February 2023, but didn’t get this written till August 2023. I left the post date in February so the journal reflects the actual order and timeline I read the books in.

I have been a Hugh Howey fan since he published Wool in 2011. I have had a couple of his later series on my “to be read” list for a while. I decided to go back and read his first series, the Bern Saga, before taking on the other ones. Even though this is more YA themed than I would normally read, I was interested in seeing how Howey’s writing developed.

I read the first book, Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue, back in November. I decided to read the remaining thee back to back when I picked it back up. I have been trying to read right through this type of series to make staying with the storyline easier. Here is a brief synopsis of the next three books:

Molly Fyde and the Land of Light (Book 2): The two main characters, Molly and Cole continue their quest, which leads them to a planet where daylight never ceases. On this world, they discover more about the universe’s oldest cultures and confront new threats. Along the way, they learn about a potential conspiracy that threatens the balance of power across galaxies.

Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions (Book 3): The stakes get higher as Molly and her friends find themselves in the midst of a galactic war, facing enemies both known and unknown. The plot delves deeper into the backdrop of the series and the universe’s larger conflicts. The group’s efforts to prevent the war lead to startling revelations about the history and politics of their universe.

Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace (Book 4): In the final installment, Molly and her companions must confront their biggest challenges yet. With the future of billions at stake, they race against time to stop a catastrophic war. Their journey sees them forging new alliances and confronting the dark truths about their universe and themselves.

While this YA series is not as sophisticated as his later work, the writing is good for a debut series. The world building is creative and thought-provoking. The story expands along paths that are unexpected. Recommended for younger readers who enjoy the genre.

Molly Fyde and the Land of Light
Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions
Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace

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