RELEASE DATE: September 29th 2020
AUTHOR: Marie Lu
GENRE: Young–Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press
In a world broken by war, a team of young warriors is willing to sacrifice everything to save what they love.
The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sends to attack Mara.
The legendary Strikers, Mara’s elite fighting force, are trained to stop them. But as the number of Ghosts grows and Karensa closes in, defeat seems inevitable.
Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.
Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows firsthand the brutality of the Federation. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that considers their people repugnant. She finds comfort only with a handful of fellow Strikers who have pledged their lives to one another and who are determined to push Karensa back at all costs.
When a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? Or could he be the weapon that will save them all?
Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors and once again she didn’t disappoint me. Sky Hunter was a nostalgic read. Even though it has the same elements as the other typical dystopian reads, I still found myself enjoying it. The characters were well written, the world was incredible, and the action was pretty good. I wouldn’t say it was a unique read, but it was a good read.
Talin is refugee and a mute. She’s one of the legendary strikers of elite fighting forces of mara. She communicates with the other strikers via her sign language. She fights against Keransa Federation’s mutant beasts called as Ghosts. The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries and she isn’t ready to lose another home. When one of the enemy soldier gets captured by them, Talin senses that there’s more to him than meets the eye and stops his execution even though it was risky. Her commander punishes her by making him her responsibility and if he turns out to be the spy for the federation then it’ll be both of their heads that’s going to be on the chopping block.
Talin is a wonderful main character. She’s strong willed, loyal, and brave. Despite her disability, she always stood strong and never gave up. Being a refugee, she was always treated like an outsider. Red is a complex character. From the start, he was mysterious and it was easy to see that something was different about him and when everything was finally revealed, I was shocked and sad. I enjoyed the slow burn relationship between Red and Talin. I can’t wait to see how it progresses further. The secondary characters were well written. I really liked Adena, Corian, Aramin and Jeran. They all made this even more enjoyable to read. They make a great team and really loved the friendship between them.
The plot was entertaining filled with action, adventure, friendship, and a dash of romance. The pacing was overall good. Even though some parts were predictable, It was an engaging read. The story kept me hooked till the end. Loved the diverse elements and I’m totally rooting for the other couple in the book. The action scenes were well executed and the author’s writing was so good. If you don’t know, I’m a great fan of Marie’s engaging writing style. The world building was amazing. It was a brutal world. There’re terrifying monsters, human experimentations, death, violence, war etc.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading this book. It’s a great start to a new series and that cliffy ending has left me wanting for me. I’m so desperate for the next book!
I would definitely recommend this book to YA dystopian lovers and Marie Lu fans!
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