Author: Jenny Moyer
Blurb: Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.
But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.
Author Bio: Jenny is the author of YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, coming from Macmillan/Holt. She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Des Moines. Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.
Fact: This book got me hooked from chapter 1.
Flasfall turned out to be an highly entertaining action packed novel. There were lots of "hold your breath" moments and I must admit that I never got bored...not ever once! Some action scenes were a bit confusing but still very enjoyable. I also found the book quite original (it is not like I read books about miners every day lol) with definitely some interesting elements.
The writing style was clear, detailed and flowed easily. The world-building wasn't bad at all, confusing at first it got better along the way. Some things could have been explained better (the conjies' bonding traditon too, I sort of get it but some further explanation wouldn't have hurt.) Let's say that there is room for improvement---overall I don't feel like complaining too much about it.
The characters were developed (at least those that lasted more than a couple of pages) and I appreciated everyone of them, if in different ways.
I loved Orion and her strength and will to fight for her dreams. Dram was....Hell, what can I say? He is such a cutie (but in a good way, definitely in a good way!) and He & Orion (nicknamed Ray) were a great pleasure to read. Besides their dark humor was just perfect and I loved,loved it.
The bad guys were bad enough, in fact I was really looking forward to see some of them dead...or badly hurt. Er...better dead. (I'd have throttled Cranny myself...)
If I'm to voice a complain I'd choose:
- Too many people dropping dead like flies!
Really I'm usually all for blood and gore, doom & gloom but here...at some point I did not know if I was supposed to cry or to laugh. Besides I was very disappointed to see two interesting characters die (view spoiler). I'm not sure if the author was just having a great penchant for death or if she just chose the easy way...(two main characters are surely more manageable than four and more...)
Still, I really liked the book. For once I didn't find the romance cheesy and/or awkward in fact it was all very pleasant. IT WAS LOVELY!! *sighs* And this is coming from a person really picky about love stories. Besides...no insta-love and no love triangle (not really) ...and this is not a drill!! I repeat: this is not a drill, people!!
The epilogue left me with a hopeful fuzzy feeling...this is to say, I adored it.
Would I recommend this book? Yes!! And I'll be reading the sequel for sure!!