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.
Set in a dystopian future Shadow Fall follows Maia a teenage girl imprisoned in a series of dark dank underground tunnels. In the worst conditions possibly imaginable where she must fight every second to survive… until she is freed. But by who? And what do they want her to do?
I made a risky choice and read some of the reviews before starting this book. I found some reviews complaining that it was like many other dystiopians. A couple of reviews were comparing it to The Hunger Games and The Red Queen, well sign me up because they are two of my absolute favourite series’ and dystopia is my jam!
After reading I would agree, with contestants competing in trails to the death (in order to win a place on the spaceship Hyperion, thus surviving the total destruction of earth and an asteroid collision is imminent) and the population organised in colours based on their rankings and status. But personally, for me this is in no way a bad thing.
But to explain the whole plot would take up vast amounts of man hours, man hours I simply do not have. I would say that this was the major downside to the plot; it was so complex. It was although every idea the author had ever had was rammed into this book and honestly, I found it very confusing at times. In order to pack everything into the plot it was incredibly fast paced, so much so that I just wanted Maia to have some quite time, even if it was just a chapter to chill. That aside I did really enjoy the book and flew through it, as I mentioned earlier, I am so mot done with the dystopian theme.
There was a great cast of characters. Each one brought something different to the storyline, although with such a vast amount of secondary characters and the fast paced story I wound myself only caring about a select few (although thinking about it now its highly likely that this was Audrey Greys intention).
After a somewhat confusing and frantic journey the book finishes in a great place. There was a brilliant dialogue between two key characters at the end meaning I have a much clearer idea of what is happening and a much better understanding going into the second book – Shadow Rise. With not too much of a cliff-hanger to make me have book rage but enough suspense to make me carry on with the series.
It was a great dystopian and I cant wait to continue the series.
Thank you NetGalley, Blaze Publishing & Audrey Grey
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