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ARC Excerpt Review: Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Thank you to Roaring Brook Press and NetGalley for the eARC Chapter Samples to read and review! Skyhunter goes on sale September 29, 2020.

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Series: Skyhunter #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: A broken world.
An overwhelming evil.
A team of warriors ready to strike back.

#1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.

Talin is a Striker, a member of an elite fighting force that stands as the last defense for the only free nation in the world: Mara.

A refugee, Talin knows firsthand the horrors of the Federation, a world-dominating war machine responsible for destroying nation after nation with its terrifying army of mutant beasts known only as Ghosts.

But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front to Mara’s capital, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? What secrets is he hiding?

Only one thing is clear: Talin is ready to fight to the death alongside her fellow Strikers for the only homeland she has left . . . with or without the boy who might just be the weapon to save—or destroy—them all.

Loyalty is life.


*this review is of an excerpt (chapters 1-3) of Skyhunters only*

My ReviewI knew Skyhunter would be a winner the moment I read its thrilling synopsis. This extended preview is only the first three chapters but I majorly hooked on the world-building, characters, and plot.

The world of Skyhunter reminds me of a cross between Attack on Titan and Dr. Stone – futuristic yet primitive dystopian fantasy. These familiar vibes made it easy to acclimate and deeply immerse myself in the setting that are vividly described by Lu.

Talin’s personality is loud and clear despite not being able to speak. She is literally and figuratively scarred by past horrors but does all she can to not only keep her and her mother afloat but protect the very nation that despises her kind (a Basean refugee or aka a rat). She communicates through sign language, which is helpful as a Striker. I think many readers will fall in love with Talin.

Skyhunter has the makings of being one of my favorite 2020 reads. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book!

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