- Title: Shadow Fall
- Author: Audrey Grey
- Publisher: Blaze Publishing
- Publication Date: November 22, 2016
- Pages: 368
- Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopian
- Series: Shadow Fall #1
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?
Copy of Shadow Fall provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start with the obvious, Shadow Fall is extremely similar to The Hunger Games. The population was divided into classes, ruled by an evil emperor, a game made for teens where they kill each other or die by other means, and a heroine who is risking her life to save her younger sibling. All very Hunger Games-ish. Unlike Hunger Games, I actually enjoyed and was interested by our heroine, Maia. Also I actually found her and Riser’s relationship and feelings for one another to be way more believable.
Maia was more or else made to sound like a weak girl who was scared of anything and everything. I actually found her to be quite brave, and that’s before, well before something happened that I wont give away. After that something happened she struggled with who she was before and who she was now suppose to be. Which only made her story more enjoyable to read. Then there’s Riser, who I had no idea what to expect from him. In fact his whole story caught me be surprise. Just when I thought I had him figured out it was like, SURPRISE! I gave up trying to guess anything to do with him after a while and just enjoyed reading the story unfold.
Now I am by no means an expert on the dystopian genre, but this one had some fresh ideas that were interesting to me. I’d like to list them all but I wont give spoilers. What I will say is the technology they use in this world had my intrigued from the get go, but also gave me a lot of unanswered questions. Fingers crossed those questions will be answered in the next book, which I am actually really looking forward to. I also got a real kick out of Maia’s rebellious side. What can I say deep down I’m a little rebellious but can only explore that when living vicariously through fictional characters. Shadow Fall leaves at such a cliff hanger I had to check I wasn’t skipping pages before I accepted the fact it was done, for now.
Honestly I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, but I loved it. Forget it’s similarities to HG. Forget that though its fighting and chaos made it exciting, it also got confusing at times. And yes forget the unanswered questions. It was the characters and their relationships that really pulled me into this story and not only held but increased my interest. It is those characters I will be coming back for when the second books drops! You should probably read this one before it does.