Review – FlashFall by Jenny Moyer
Orion is a Subpar, a sub-species of human adapted to survive in the deadly cirium mines. It is there she toils to mine her quota so that she might be allowed to live in the Utopian city of Alara. But, this is not a fairytale, so things can only go downhill from the day she approaches her quota.
The book is a very dark and gritty read, but very realistic for a sci-fi dystopia, almost twenty minutes into a totalitarian future. The story is fast-paced, leaping from cave-in to cliffhanger and back again. Orion is tough, smart and resourceful. There are a wealth of other heartbreaking and inspiring characters, including caving partner and love interest Dram, but just don’t get too attached to anyone!
My only criticism of the book is that there is such a thing as too much action! As the early slow chapters in the caves gave way to the main plot, the locations changed rapidly and new characters and information was introduced a breakneck speed, making it difficult for the reader to keep up and for any of the new characters/plots to get any real development. Even by the end of the book I wasn’t entirely sure about who Orion was, other than she was badass and brave. The book would have been much improved by a slower approach, with perhaps some action sequences cut in order to give the reader a breather.
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