I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.
Dystopia...aliens...what about those two does this girl not love? Put them together and BAM, you have me trailing after you like a rabbit to a carrot! Set in our world, not that far in to our future, there is society completely upheaval by the Collapse, which brought on the near death of civilization through use of biological weapons. Than aliens came, but they weren't interested in humans and didn't find it necessary to help them in any way, so there was a distinct segregation of the two. Humans, in outposts trying to live life as normal as they could and the aliens, in their own city, domed off from the rest of the world.
From the start, I liked Jax. Stubborn, strong and a little off center from everyone else. A natural curiosity for things that could get herself into trouble, and a brother, Jace, who would do whatever possible to keep her out, or get her out, of trouble. Funny thing is, it ends up being her that goes to get him out of trouble. I could so see Jax doing this too, even with the little you know about her to start with, she's a girl who has gumption and will anything for her brother. She wonders if it's a twin thing, I think it's just because he's all she has left and she knows he'd do the same thing for her.
Lir, the alien boy, comes across a bit conceited when he and Jax first officially meet, but as their travels go on, you get to see the change in both of them. This alien boy is hot, I mean, the way the author described him, she has me smoldering for him. This is what I picture him looking like, but you have to add touches of gold and green to him, along with some curls:
Not too buff, but not skinny or lanky either. Just right. Through the story, you sense there is more to him than he's letting on, and I was not disappointed.
The story flowed pretty quickly. I started getting tired of the travels, attacks and such, but right about at that time, the author brought on the next phase of the story. The alien life style, government, and the prejudices of the aliens towards humans. The author also adds quite a few more layers to the story. The action starts really picking up at this point, but at times there was so much going on that I started having to reread to make sure I wasn't missing anything and to keep things straight. This is the first book in a series and I am happy to say that the author did not leave off with a huge cliffhanger but giving me the curiosity of wondering what happens next. I look forward to reading the next book, "Fractured Suns."
This is a clean read that will have any dystopian/scifi reader intrigued and satisfied. Bravo Ms Kay, Bravo!