Hello Lovelies, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is the YA page turner you have been looking for! You will experience danger, betrayal, emotion, and murder! If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Host, and The 100 you will not want to miss this one!
The Plot: Betrayed by her mother, and forced to witness her father’s execution, Maia Graystone was left with the responsibility of caring for her brother Max. Caught stealing food to feed him, she is thrown in to “The Pit”, forced to fight and survive with the other prisoners, not knowing that she was safer there than in the open where The Emperor desperately searched for her and Max. When she is finally found, she learns that the Emperor will stop at nothing to rip her apart for “the key” that her father hid inside her years ago. After an unexpected rescue, and reunion with a dangerous character from “The Pit” Maia discovers that the only way she will learn the true nature of “the key”, her father’s forbidden invention, and perhaps a way to save her world from destruction from the imminent asteroid collision, is to join forces with “Pit Boy” and join The Trials at the Emperor’s Gold Court. Will she make it through the trials, save the world, and stop herself from falling in love with “Pit Boy” after she finds out the truth?
Shadow Fall is a must read if you love Sci-Fi books. I found it to be fast paced and intriguing. There was such an extensive level of detail given to the world and social class building. I really enjoyed the fact that it felt like the author was heavily influenced by titles mentioned above. Audrey Grey included the best concepts from those popular books and used them to shape Maia’s story.
Maia was such a well developed character. She had depth and emotion, and showed an amazing transformation throughout the story. She was brave and delicate at once. She was determined to embrace the changes she went through to complete the trials, and yet, she tried so hard to hold on to her true self. She was fierce and strong like Clarke from the 100, and still soft and caring like Melanie in The Host. And, deep down, I felt that she paired well with Riser, “Pit Boy”.
Riser, or as Maia liked to call him “Pit Boy”, was such an interesting character! He was quite dangerous and terrifying, but you knew that there was raw emotion hiding deep inside. His transformation in the story is most incredible, and the details we learn about him add such complexity to his person. You want to root for him and Maia to be together, and are still left somewhat uncertain if he is going to betray her.
Don’t miss out on this amazing Sci-Fi book! Book 2, Shadow Rise, is set to come out this November, and I am dying to get my hands on it! I rate Shadow Fall 5 stars!
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this free review copy in exchange for my honest review.