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Renegade
Elemental Series, Book 3

The finale to the dystopian fantasy trilogy James Dashner called "fantastic" has a daring escape from pirates, life-or-death rescue missions, and a heartbreaking romance.
Thom and his fellow colonists are in danger of paying the ultimate price to secure their homeland in this last book of the Elemental trilogy. After the shocking discovery that his mother is still alive and on Roanoke, Thom is determined to return to that island. However, the island is still under pirate control, and a mysterious boy in possession of a dangerous element appears. With the help of an unlikely ally and the newly discovered ability to combine elements, Thom must summon the full extent of his power to end this battle for their home once and for all.

Packed with adventure, mystery, and romance, the gripping conclusion to the series that began with Elemental and Firenbrand is perfect for fans of Ship Breaker and Divergent.

The finale to the dystopian fantasy trilogy James Dashner called "fantastic" has a daring escape from pirates, life-or-death rescue missions, and a heartbreaking romance.
Thom and his fellow colonists are in danger of paying the ultimate price to secure their homeland in this last book of the Elemental trilogy. After the shocking discovery that his mother is still alive and on Roanoke, Thom is determined to return to that island. However, the island is still under pirate control, and a mysterious boy in possession of a dangerous element appears. With the help of an unlikely ally and the newly discovered ability to combine elements, Thom must summon the full extent of his power to end this battle for their home once and for all.

Packed with adventure, mystery, and romance, the gripping conclusion to the series that began with Elemental and Firenbrand is perfect for fans of Ship Breaker and Divergent.

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    CHAPTER 1

    A mile behind our ship a sleeker, nimbler vessel carved through the ocean. The crew of five stood against the prow rail, faces turned toward us. They couldn't see us from so far away, but that wasn't the point. Dare, my uncle, the pirate captain, just wanted us to see him.

    "They're gaining," said my friend Alice under her breath. She leaned against a crate for support. "They're going to catch us. Soon."

    I wanted to remind her that her element—the ability to heighten her senses—didn't work as well hundreds of miles from our home on Roanoke Island. None of our elements did. But anyone could see that the other ship was lighter and faster.

    I raised my binoculars. Lowered them again. I didn't need to see Dare's colorful arms to remember the man. I only had to think of Griffin, my younger brother. He was resting below deck on a pile of blood-soaked blankets, his lacerated skin and open wounds a shocking reminder of the lengths to which Dare was prepared to go to get his hands on the solution—a mythical cure for the Plague.

    Plague. For sixteen years we'd lived in isolation on Hatteras Island, protected from the rats that had consumed the mainland and the disease that had decimated the population. Waterways, too wide for the rats to cross, had kept us safe. But water was no deterrent for Dare and his men. They'd burned our Hatteras Island colony to the ground, and driven us to neighboring Roanoke Island. When they'd seized that island by force as well, we'd taken to the ocean in search of a new home.

    We'd found it too: a self-sufficient colony operating in the remains of Fort Sumter, near Charleston. I'd dared to dream that the worst was behind us. But it had only taken a few days to realize that this new colony harbored secrets too. Once again we'd escaped, but not before Griffin had been bitten by rats; his friend Nyla, as well. We wouldn't know for another day if they'd contracted Plague, but if they had, they'd be dead before the end of the week.

    "Thomas." My older brother, Ananias, tapped my shoulder. "If we want to go faster, we need to get more out of the sails."

    I looked at the massive pieces of dirty white canvas already pulled taut by the wind. "How?"

    He swept his right arm through the air, indicating the other elementals on deck. They were staring at the approaching ship too, and on their faces they wore the same expressions of defeat I felt on mine.

    "We need more," he said.

    "More what?"

    "Wind. Helpful currents—"

    "Our elements don't work well out here," I reminded him.

    "Neither does my shoulder." He pointed to the sling over his left arm, and the patch of dried blood where he'd been shot the previous evening. He'd always appeared strong to me—trusted by our Guardians, and confident in his ability to conjure fire—but now his voice carried a hint of desperation. "Our elements are all we have."

    Before I could reply, Dennis approached us. At nine, he was the youngest member of the colony. Physically, he was doing better than the rest of us, but the events of the past couple weeks had taken a heavy toll. Gone was the sheepish smile, the trust in our Guardians, and the unshakable optimism, replaced by a cold, neutral expression that I couldn't read at all.

    "Let's combine," he told me. "We can do more if we join our elements."

    Until recently, I hadn't even known that I possessed an element. Everyone else my age hadn't realized it either. The Guardians had kept us in the dark, afraid that if I tried to use it, I'd hurt someone—maybe even a Guardian. Now I took Dennis's hand and allowed my energy to flow, giving him extra...

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  • Kirkus

    October 15, 2014
    The action-packed conclusion to the dystopic alt-history trilogy.Readers are plunged directly into the middle of the action in this final installment of the middle-of-the-road series that began with Elemental (2012). Sixteen-year-old Thomas and his band of fellow elementals-Alice, Rose, Griffin and the others-escape by the skin of their teeth from an infestation of plague-ridden rats and an invasion by enemy pirates one week after they set sail to return home to Roanoke Island from a failed mission in Sumter, South Carolina. Sparks continue to fly between Thom and Alice as he discovers more about his own element and its strange powers. Meanwhile, their archenemy, the pirate Dare, follows them back to their home on Roanoke. John's history and mapping skills can get confusing, especially when he weaves in actual historical figures and places. Still, readers who have made it this far will be relieved to discover that he spends much of the latter half of the novel explaining the convoluted mysteries and secrets that have no doubt continued to intrigue them throughout the trilogy. Even after the final reveal, however, the mythology of John's universe still feels a little shaky, but that won't stop readers from devouring page upon page of hangings, thousands of hungry, angry rats, betrayals and more.Fun but ultimately unremarkable. (Post-apocalyptic historical adventure. 12-16)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2014

    Gr 7-10-The action doesn't skip a beat in this gripping conclusion to the "Elemental" trilogy (Dial). Thomas and the others are on the ship they used to escape from Fort Sumter at the end of Firebrand (Dial, 2013), and are heading north towards Roanoke, with Thomas's uncle Dare still in hot pursuit. The teen and his friends hatch a plan to switch ships with Dare and outrun him to get back to Roanoke to find Thomas's mother. The plan seems to have worked, but at Roanoke a new obstacle appears: a child with a new Element that gives him control over the Plague-ridden rats, enabling him to force the rats-and their fatal disease-upon humans like a weapon. And, while it appears that Thomas's brother Griffin may be the Solution to the Plague, that may not be enough to stop Dare's renegade pirates from destroying everyone's only chance at survival. There is no rest from the action in this exciting last installment. Revelations come quickly and plentifully, and yet they are incorporated well in the story. Characters are not without their flaws, but these flaws are realistic, and the growth of the protagonist, especially the younger ones, is evident. Fans will not be disappointed.-Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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