AUTHOR HOST AND BOOK REVIEW – CHATOYANT (Book 3 of The Harmony Run Series)

Chatoyant by Sarah Elle Emm


SYNOPSIS – In the wake of an interrogation led by the UZTA’s dictator, President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends must deal with the consequences of their defiance as the countdown continues towards the execution of the mixed-zone citizens across the United Zones of The Authority. The Freedom Front faces new challenges as Rain’s cousin, Calista, prepares for her impending relocation to the pure zone, and Rain sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her mother’s torment while being followed by an officer of the Elizabeth Guard. As she uses her abilities to dodge The Authority and follows the strange clues from her dreams, Rain is determined to persevere, to secure the future she and Jabari have been fighting for, and to earn The Freedom Front’s ultimate goal of liberation.

Review: I’ve been a huge fan of dystopian fiction in the YA genre for quite some time now. I was one of the few who got on the Divergent train way before anyone else did. I can remember finding the book so far in the back of Barnes and Noble when it came out that it took a person from the front desk multiple times to locate a copy. But, as time went on, everyone seemed to get it Dystopian as a hot genre.- Even though admittedly, it will never blot out Sci-fi as my first love.

And just like the Divergent Trilogy, The Harmony Run series is no exception. Sarah Elle Emm created a world that you could vividly see and feel in Prismatic and I fell in love with the characters from the first chapter. Rain and her family have been through quite a lot – and the separatist theme that is in the background of the story never gets lots in the details because it is the soul of the story. In Chatoyant, we find the band of unlikely heroes of the Freedom Front, pressing forward to free the citizens of the mixed Zones, with high hopes of crushing the evil regime and dethroning tricky Niki once and for all. But first, Rain must free those she loves. This installment has everything. From an oppressive guard that continually abuses her mother, new alliances made, secrest revealed and to the growing love between Rain and Daktari, Sarah unwinds a tale between the pages that will keep you engaged.

The protagonists are far more detailed this go round and the building of the futuristic landscape is stout. The writing is compelling and fast, which kept me intrigued. I cannot wait for the close to the series when it comes out this August. My only true question for Mrs. Emm is what will she craft next? Stay tuned.

5/5 Stars






Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS set for release August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Her love of journal writing, travel, and multicultural experience have all influenced her novels. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.