Broken Skies

Broken Skies

by Theresa Kay

SYNOPSIS:

Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell’s world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales on his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

With the aliens and the humans at odds, the connection forming between the two teens has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

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Book #1 in Series

You know that I don’t have a reading plan, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I had other books in mind when this one caught my attention. I just wanted to read a few pages to see how I would like it, but the thing is… I couldn’t put it down until I reached the last page, that’s how addictive it was.

The advertising says “Angelfall meets the Lux series” (and I really don’t know about that), to me it was more like “Under the Never Sky meets Of Beast and Beauty“, though this story stands on its own. But I am not making comparisons of any kind – there were just some small elements that reminded me of those stories, nothing more.

jaxBROKEN SKIES tells a story of a broken girl in a broken world, searching for her brother and teaming up with a guy that might as well be the enemy. It also tells a story of adventure, with so many turnarounds that it might make your head spin.

What I liked the most was the fast pacing. Things kept happening and the few breaks we took only helped with the development of the relationship between the two characters, Jax and Lir. And these two did make a great team when the tension between them finally got to loosen up a bit. Though nothing lasts forever in this book, and what goes around comes around.

Like in most dystopian stories the romance is quite a bit in focus, but it never overshadows the actual plot. Both characters have their own agendas and reasonings behind their actions. Some might be transparent (for all to see), some will probably be explained in the next instalment – which I really-really want to read!

Jax is not the typical girly girl – based on her life experience she pretty much prefers to be prepared for fighting rather than learning how to be a good wife and help with the preservation of humanity. But deep down, Jax is not really as tough as she wants (us) to believe, she also has a fragile side of her, one that she very much tries to hide, so her actions at times tell a different story.

I must confess that for a while I was not her biggest fan, because she is a bit childish and very impulsive. Not to mention how easy it is for some people to manipulate her influence her decisions. But she is only a little girl in a big and scary world, it’s no wonder that there are things she can’t handle alone.

first-alienLir… Well, I can’t say much about this alien boy without spoiling the story in a major way, but as strong as he seemed to be in the beginning, he wasn’t as prepared for the life outside his city. He comes around as a bit hard to read, he keeps too much to himself and I would have loved to know him better.

The thing is.. We only know what Jax knows and she is not the most reliable character out there, so there is plenty of confusion regarding each character we meet through the story.

As I said, there are plenty turnarounds to surprise us, and that’s a good thing because it keeps the reader on the edge, even though it adds to a bit of confusion. But there are also things that I did anticipate, things that Jax didn’t see coming even though the clues were pretty evident. Funny thing: there was a lot of fainting and loss of consciousness, at some point I started to guess where will our girl wake up and to what. I was not as good as I want to believe at this guessing game, LOL, but it was still fun.

CONCLUSION:

All in one, I did enjoy this story a lot and I can’t wait to see what comes out next. There are so many questions I have, so many answers I need and there’s plenty of space in my heart for the next book, as I hope to enjoy the sequel even more!

Happy midnight reading!

Book source: A copy has been provided by the author for review. Thank you!

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  • I had not seen this one before but it sounds right up my alley! I love a good dystopian and this sounds like a very plot driven one, too. I love a good twisty story! I’M also glad the romance doesn’t outright take over. That seems to happen more and more and while I like romance as much as the next, I don’t like it when it overshadows everything else you know. Great review, Ari! 🙂

    • Ari

      Honestly, I didn’t know about it either and only a couple of book friends had it on their shelves before I got to read it. I hope this will change because it is a great story (also better than many over-marketed books out there, but you know how things work in the book world 🙂 ).

  • Angela H

    I just finished Broken Skies and have started Fractured suns.. I am in LOVE.. I want to get the conversation going about this series!! its just so dang good!! Im trying to read slow with the second book because I know it will be quite a while before the third comes out. 🙁 great find! Great read!

    • Ari

      I am glad you enjoyed the first one and you are also loving the sequel. I didn’t get to read it, but I am sure I will at some point. Does it end with a cliffhanger? I hope not ;))