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Review: The Madness Underneath

The Madness Underneath  - Maureen Johnson

Sequel to The Name of the Star, which was my favorite YA book of 2012 and (surprisingly) totally held up for me when I reread it, prior to the release of this. TMU carries forward a lot of what was enjoyable about its predecessor, but it doesn't stand on its own nearly as well. NOTS did a fantastic job of building to a satisfying resolution through spooky twists and turns, while *still* setting up a foundation for a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. In comparison, TMU reads as exposition: it presumably sets up the third novel, but it's far less satisfying on its own than I hope that novel will be.