Title: Broken Skies
Series: Broken Skies #1
Author: Theresa Kay
Release date: March 2014
Genres: Science fiction, Post-apocalyptic,
Dystopian, Young Adult
From the author—
Thirty years ago, there was the Collapse. A massive war fought with biological weapons and followed by plague. Almost everyone died.
Ten years ago, the aliens showed up. They made one of our cities their own and that’s where they stay, for the most part anyway.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do whatever it takes to get him back even if it means partnering up with the enemy, an alien boy who makes me think things I shouldn’t and makes me feel things I don’t understand.
Hmm, let’s see. Dystopian…check. Post-apocalyptic…check. Extraterrestrials…check. Romance…check. Action adventure…check. Intelligent, take-no-prisoner females…check. Insta-love…half-check. Oppressive leader…check. Does all this sound familiar? Well, yes, much of it, if not all, probably does but there’s still something a little different here, a feeling that there ARE still fresh ideas in this kind of story.
There is one particular element that really appeals to me in Broken Skies and that is the alien invaders because, for once, they don’t attack in vicious hordes and try to either wipe out all of humanity or turn us into food. Instead, they take advantage of the destruction we had already wrought on our poor planet and move into a deserted city, away from the humans. They resemble us a good deal—and here’s where I found one minor weakness. I find it hard to fathom an alien from another planet being named Stella. But I digress. The question of the aliens’ true intentions is the elephant in the room and I’m not telling ;-). You’ll just have to read the book and find out for yourself but I will say that there is rarely a dull moment and there’s a surprising twist near the end.
Characters are strongly drawn and I found some of them very appealing while others are not so much so. Dane, especially, is a fine example of a man you love to hate and his uber-paternalistic treatment of women is enough to raise any rightminded person’s hackles. It’s scary how much sway he holds over his followers, even some of those very downtrodden women. Brr, he makes me shiver just thinking about him. On the other hand, there are many players I like very much: Jax and Lir, of course, but also Emily, Flint and Rym. I did want to occasionally throw things at Jace because he can be so maddening at times and so overbearing towards Jax, almost like a Dane in training, and I would get just as annoyed with Jax for letting him control her. Watching these two reach the point of possible no return is a large part of the emotional appeal of Broken Skies.
Insta-love? Yeah, it’s here but the overall story is strong enough that this is not nearly as aggravating as it is in some young adult fiction. It’s also tempered by a good deal of friendship and heartache and, when all is said and done, it becomes a part of the story rather than the main focus.
Finally, while there isn’t a cliffhanger as such, the tale is clearly not finished and I’m very glad of that. There’s much I still need to know and I want to spend more time with these humans and aliens.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, March 2014.
Fractured Suns (Broken Skies Book 2)(Expected Publication 2014)
Shattered Stars (Broken Skies Book 3)(Expected Publication Late 2014/Early 2015)
About the Author
The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer’s Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. She writes predominantly in the sci-fi and urban fantasy genres. Residing in central Virginia, she juggles two kids, a husband and a full-time job in addition to her writing and in her free time she reads almost anything she can get her hands on.
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