Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Title: Shadow Fall

Author: Audrey Grey

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 

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?

Review:

Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is by far one of the best books that I have read this year.  It has everything that I look for in a Science Fiction/Fantasy novel, and the most of its power lies within its groundbreaking heroine, Maia.

Audrey Grey knows how to make vibrant characters that know how to hold their own, while also throwing at them obstacles that they can’t help but tackle.  From the first page, I was able to become fully consumed in Grey’s writing, and that is not something that I see very often in today’s literature.  Grey knows how to paint pictures instead of telling the reader what is going on, and her genius is unsurpassed.  She has made science fiction beautiful, instead of hard and untouchable, and that is a gift that I have not found in any other science fiction novel.

But one of the best aspects of this novel was that it heavily surrounded the family structure and the bonds that connect us at birth.  So many novels today focus only on the romantic connection that humans have with one another, but Grey proved that familial bonds are just as strong, if not stronger, than romantic ones.  Maia reminded me of Katniss from the Hunger Games with how passionate she was about her family and caring for others, and her survival skills were just as intense.  When this book ended I did not want the story to end, and I have started to read it for the second time which is not something that I do very frequently.

Shadow Fall will be released November 22, and if you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy, then I highly suggest that you do.  This book, while featuring elements that connect it to others in its genre, is a one of a kind gift to today’s literature.

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