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  • Loved It!

    I hate Marie Lu. Why do I submit myself to the torture of reading every one of her books as soon as it's released? I know it's going to end on a cliffhanger, and leave me in tears. I know that. But still, here I am. In utter and absolute shock at the book I just read. No other author gets me attached to every single character, and no other author makes me sob with everything they write. I can't do this anymore. I shouldn't do this to myself anymore. But, I'll continue, because she's my favorite author. Ok, so on the topic of the book. This was amazing. It follows Talin, a Striker for the nation of Mara. She is the last line of defense against Karensa, and is tasked with killing Ghosts, monsters sent to defeat them. After sparing a Karensan deserter, she discovers things that will change her forever, and change what she fights for. I will admit to doing this book a disservice. This is the type of book you need to set aside an entire day for. Shut your door, exile your family. This book deserves your full and undivided attention. It didn't get this from me, but it was still amazing. The plot hooks you from the first page, and there is never a weak moment. This book is totally action packed, but every character gets development, and gets a chance to shine. While we're on the topic of characters, let's talk about how much I love them. Red was by far my favorite, I mean, when do we ever complain about a tormented book boy? It's hard to choose a favorite though, Adena, Jaren, and Aramin were all well written side characters. I'm super excited to see how their journey continues on the next book, even though I know some of them won't make it through. Lu doesn't care about our emotions. Like all of her books, this was a slow burn romance. And its enemies to lovers, what else can we ask for?? Saying it's a romance is pushing it though, because it's barely there. Im definitely looking forward to watching it develop in the next book. The romance in this really reminded me of Day and June's, so no complaints at all. Well, if I'm absent for the next few days, it's probably because I'm rereading this on a constant loop, and refusing to believe that I have to wait a year to get the next book. There'll probably also be a healthy dose of tears and shouting in there, because emotions. As I said before, this book is amazing. Everyone needs to read it, and experience the magnificence that is Lu's writing. Thanks to BookishFirst and Marie Lu for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Fast paced sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian

    I really enjoyed Skyhunter, another winner from Marie Lu. Tallin is a refugee and is mute. She is a Striker, a special type of fighter, for the country of Mara. Mara is under threat from the Karensa Federation, which has invaded every other country except for Mara. Tallin and her mother fled to Mara when the Federation invaded their own country Basea. Mara does not treat its refugees well. Even though Tallin risks her life for Mara, she is mocked and called a "rat". The Strikers are trained to fight "ghosts", dangerous genetically modified people turned into monsters created by the Federation. The story gets going when an unusual prisoner from the Federation is captured by Mara. He is slated for execution. Sensing something important about him, Tallin advocates to spare his life. Skyhunter is a fast paced sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian. The Federation is truly chilling in its treatment of people. There are references to an ancient society that met with an apocalyptic end, which makes the reader to want to learn more. The characters are interesting and well developed. Tallin's character offers the unique perspective of that of a refugee and a mute person. Skyhunter is the first book in a series. I look forward to future installments.

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  • Hooking

    I find this book very interesting, the genre is what caught my eye. The sneak peak really got me out of the reading slump I was in. I love how fast-paced the book is, there’s no unnecessary repetitions or such. The writing style is what really hooks readers because it’s easy to catch on yet it’s not too easy. The characters are really enjoyable and so far I enjoy many of them. I love how Marie Lu was able to make a statement in the first couple of chapters and really makes all of the characters, even if they play a small role count. One of my favorite aspects is the plot, it’s just a sci-fi enough and it’s not unnecessarily unrealistic. The plot line makes us readers feel comfortable enough but then puts the characters into risky situations. I especially love Talin and this book represents a lot of things such as sign language we won’t see in other books. Overall, great so far can’t wait to read more!

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  • Skyhunter is awesome!

    This book really drew me in with the first description of a beleaguered land (Mara) trying to fight off the Karensa Federation that has conquered the rest of the area with their twisted use of the Early One's advanced technology. The Federation uses Ghosts to do their dirty work but Mara has its Strikers and Shields to fight back. And that is what this story is about, from the viewpoint of Talin. Talin is a strong character that does her best as a Striker, to defend Mara, the land that she and her mother fled to after their country was conquered. I think it is cool that she can do all that, even with the inability to speak. She is a very capable fighter, yet still compassionate like when she stops the execution of Red. Her friends, Adena and Jeran are great too. Red is totally awesome! His secret is really big and cool and that is all I will say about it. I do have to mention the cover, which I thought was pretty with all the streaks of color but it did not make sense and I thought it was all lines with a person in the middle. When all is revealed later on in the story though, the cover made perfect sense and is a really cool piece of art. This is a really good book but it ends on a major cliffhanger! I still recommend it though.

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  • My favorite since her debut

    This is my favorite book of Marie Lu's since her original Legend trilogy! I feel like the book's description didn't do it justice, as I was uncertain how much I'd enjoy it going it, but it only took a few pages for me to wonder why I'd waited so long to read it. The Strikers reminded me of Attack on Titan a little bit. The heroine's inability to speak (not from birth, but since her home nation was invaded) was an interesting twist to her character development, especially as more about her backstory is revealed. The arrival of the "mysterious prisoner" is referenced only briefly in the description, but that's when the book really starts to take off. I don't want to spoil anything, but the evils and technologies developed by the Karensa Federation take center stage and provide an interesting exploration of what CAN be done with the science left behind by an ancient civilization, versus what SHOULD be done.

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