Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: November 15th 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Soure: ARC from Raincoast
Link to the authorhttp://www.jennymoyer.com/

Click Here For The Goodreads Summary

Rating: 4 grams of cirium out of 5

Buzz Words: Radioactive, Cavers, Hope, Revelations

Favourite Quote:27414369

“His arms steal around me, and I press my cheek above his heart, I know that he is wrong. There is still so much to lose”

Thoughts:

Orion and Dram are both cavers at Outpost Five, spending their days below ground mining cirium in order to earn a lifetime of safety. The mines are treacherous but the people in charge are even more dangerous. The events that unfold at Outpost Five lead Orion to suspect that not all is what it seems and perhaps no one will ever set foot in the protected city. With a deadly secret to hide and loved ones to protect Orion must find her own way to safety and past the Flashfall.

I know some of you may not be looking for another dystopian, but before you pass this one by I urge you to take a closer look. This is unlike any dystopian I’ve read before. The main characters Orion and Dram are cavers searching and gather cirium. The cirium is needed to defend the City from radiation and if a caver finds enough cirium they can spend the rest of their days in that protected city. Orion and Dram mine the most dangerous cave for the biggest pay outs and they are very close to earning their freedom. I have never read a YA about cavers and I found it really interesting. There were so many dangers Orion faced that my heart was almost constantly pounding. The action was non stop, in fact my only complaint was that sometimes the story went too fast and as a reader I felt a bit of whip-lash. One moment our characters were fighting for their lives and the next they were transported to an entirely different Outpost or Cordon and in a new heap of trouble. It was never boring though I can say that.

Visually the cover is amazing and I also enjoyed the cirium count at the beginning of each chapter. Moving into the world building I thought it was really incredible. Moyer created a harsh and brutal world that tested her characters to their limits and I always felt like I was right there with them as they took each painstaking step. I loved the flash bats and tunnel gulls! I always enjoy when an author creates a new or mutated creature and orbies where a particularly creepy touch too.

I have heard this book compared to Red Rising? I enjoyed it as much as Red Rising but that’s the only comparison I would make, and I think the two books would appeal to different people. Mining is the only thing they really have in common. I liked all the caving scenes, its something you don’t see in YA and it was well done, vividly described and really pulled me into charcters world. One of my favourite scenes in the whole story is when Dram and Orion swim an axe to the bottom of an underground pool in memory of a fallen caver. It was so beautiful but also sad, there are so many emotional moments in Flashfall that really help you understand what it must be like for the characters.

Orion is named after a constellation which I thought was pretty cool and I love stars so it caught my attention. Orion is incredible; strong and led by her heart. She can be impulsive but I like that she is willing to stand up, speak the truth and brave the consequences. This girl is tougher than the stuff she mines everyday. And Dram is defiantly making the book boyfriend list, I ship these two so hard! There was no insta love or triangle in this dystopian, just two friends who eventually realize they’re much more. I enjoyed all the relationships in Flashfall even though people were dying like a Game of Thrones episode; the sacrifices they made for their people left my eyes wet and my heart hurting.

Elemental magic is also present in Flashfall and I’m really excited to see more of it in the next book. It was also different that it wasnt the main character with magic, which is very often the case, I felt like as a whole, like this book broke a lot of the cliché molds. The ending wrapped up nicely while leaving a lot unexplained and unexplored. Needless to say I will be eagerly, and impatiently, awaiting book two!

A big thank you to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of Flashfall for this review!

 

 

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My first blogging anniversary!

Wow you guys it has officially been a whole year since I started blogging! In some ways it feels like it has gone by so fast but when I think of all I have learnt and all the people I’ve met it feels much longer.

I actually started out with a YouTube channel (I didn’t want to say that in case you go looking for my videos and see how terrible they were) I enjoyed Booktube but I just couldn’t find the time or adequate lighting for videos and editing. So, instead I started up this blog and I really fell in love with it. Ok in the beginning I really had no idea what I was doing. My reviews were lacking and I had no idea how to format/html, and honestly I’m still just at the tip of the iceberg. But I’m learning, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I would like to look into self hosting next so I can start to do more customizing.

My first year looked a little like this: I discovered Top Ten Tuesdays, a weekly meme that the list maker in me adores. I became a member of the Airclan and street team for Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I met so many amazing people including my clan leader, Kelly, who I ending up meeting up with at Yallwest! That was another incredible experience and it would never have been the same had I not made so many friends through the book community. I started a Bookstagram account and LOVED it! I really enjoy taking book photos and I discover a lot of new books and bookish items through bookstagram. It was Twitter that was way over my head and I wanted to quit but I’m so glad I stuck it out. Now I really enjoy interacting with everyone and I have come to love the chats the most, such as the #BBTC chats hosted by Brittanyrambles.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicole Castroman, author of Blackhearts. Emily Skrutskie, author of The Abyss Surround Us and Korrina, the creator of Owlcrate. (You can find those interviews linked below) I fiddled around with creating my own meme Page 394 in honor of Alan Rickman. I discovered a love of audiobooks and thanks to them I have conquered and exceeded my Goodreads goal for the year!! I’ve had the opportunity to read a few amazing books before their release date which was really special. By becoming a member of The Sunday Street Team, organized by Nori, I was able to review amazing books like Bound By Blood and Sand by Becky Allen. Raincoast Books invited me to their Winter/Spring Preview which was so much fun and such an honor. I also joined a group on Goodreads that does Monthly Recommendations, another list making meme that I really enjoy. (But kills my TBR LOL) And most recently I became a street team member for The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova and received an ARC, which is INCREDIBLE by the way. It releases in January of 2017 and you should really add it to your Goodreads, dare i saw even pre-order?! (I do)

It has truly been an incredible year! On top of that of course are all the amazing books I’ve read, and the daily interactions with this beautiful community. It can be a lot of work but I have gained so much by taking the step to create my own blog, I don’t regret it for a second! I really want to take the time to thank each and every one of you who have subscribed to my blog, twitter or instagram. Everyone who commented, recommened a book, friended me on Goodreads, liked my tweets, gave me helpful tips and advice – you are all the reason I come back day after day and keep me going in my RL as well. There are not words for how grateful I am and I wish I could reach out and give you all a hug. but this GIF will have to do LOL

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Interview with Emily Skrutskie, author of The Abyss Surround Us

Interview with Korrina, the creator of Owlcrate

Monthly Recommendations: September – Science Fiction

October Wrap Up

October Wrap Up!

Happy November everyone! You will notice I didn’t read anything spooky last month because honestly I don’t really enjoy spooky stories. I did however read and listen to some fantastic books. Crooked Kingdom was one of those and it lived up to ALL of my expectations! Ready Player One was another book that blew me away and I am so glad that I listened to everyone who recommend this one. I didn’t get to read all that I had planned, I have been busy preparing for my very first NaNoWriMo and that is also why my November TBR is so small. I may not even get a single book read but that’s okay because I want to give all my free time to writing since I don’t have much free time to begin with. I am both excited and nervous about NaNo but I have had some amazing friends supporting and encouraging me so far. This month I did manage to begin catching up on my reviews which I’m proud of, and I’ve linked a few of the most recent ones below.

What I was Going to Read

What I ended up reading…

Posts I Enjoyed Writing

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

Confessions of a Book Hoarder: New Shelves!

Recent Reviews

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Bound By Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

My November TBR

Okay, now it’s your turn!

What are your reading plans for November? I feel like it is one of the best months of the year to curl up and read with a hot cup of tea. Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo? If so let’s get in touch and support each other through the process!