This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.When Planets Fall by Abby J. Reed
Series: Stars Fall Circle #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, young adult
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Breaker's home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker's valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker's leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little 'stroid of a brother alive. Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW and only wants to return to her adoptive home with her dangerous blue secrets. Luka, a red-blood stewing for trouble, wants to right wrongs done to his family and bathe his home in justice.
All three intersect when Breaker discovers a wrecked starship and is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand it over as a weapon. Breaker must decide if aiding his enemies is worth the home he knows and his family's life. War is coming. And war respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.
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I devoured When Planets Fall! This was such a good science fiction series starter. It had just the right elements of futuristic technology, alien lifeforms, space travel, and the underdog losing it all in order to gain everything. I just loved this story! There was even a little bite of romance but it is short lived. This story was a nice platform to build up the next book because I absolutely want to continue reading. This was a debut novel and I think the author did a fantastic job!
What were my two top things that I thought were just great? One, I loved that the main character, Breaker, was an amputee. Two, serious fangirling the other main character, Malani, who had metallic wings and she was able to fly. Both of these characters had metal components that made them complete but at the same time made them vulnerable. To read their struggles that they had to overcome and deal with on a daily basis made them more relatable.
Breaker was eighteen and he was a true mechanic, he was the kind of guy who could fix anything and loved to tinker with everything! He saw motors and pieces of junk as “right beautiful” and when he would come across something new he would see it as something downright sexy. You can only imagine how he practically fell over himself when he came across a deserted starship. He was completely baffled as it seemed that his dreams were coming to life. He had always dreamed of so much more than the rock he was living on. To see the stars as they should be seen. He had never wanted anything more.
Don’t you just love that description? I can visualize this scene quite easily. On this planet, there are three species of inhabitants. The Humans, the Heron and the Elik, often referred to as the red bloods, green bloods, and blue bloods. The species all looked similar to each other so it was never truly known if the person in front of them represented the race they stated. In order to truly ascertain what race a person was from, they would do blood checks. This involved sticking one of their fingers with a needle to see what color they bled. If their blood was a wrong color in the territory they were in, then it became a shoot to kill moment. This world definitely had a survival of the fittest mentality.
Malani was a human who had been taking captive by the Heron at a young age and was experimented on and tortured for years. When she was around eight she was rescued by a team of Elik who had stormed the compound that she was being stored at. There was something unique about Malani and they decided to bring her back to their village and there she was raised in a series of foster homes for ten years until the Heron found her and came back to retrieve her for their own purposes.
It was back at the Heron compound that Malani and Breaker had become acquainted. Breaker had been captured near the starship by a group of Herons. They were both prisoners of the Heron but King Oma has plans for Breaker. He wanted Breaker to fix the starship for truly unexplained purposes. Breaker agrees and it gives him enough freedom that he is able to break out Malani from the compound where they were being held but it was entirely too easy to escape. Breaker soon learned that the King let them escape in order for Breaker to learn from Malani whether or not the Elik people were preparing for battle.
Breaker did not want to betray Malani but the King was threatening to destroy his village if he did not comply. In addition to that stress, when he returned to his village with Malani in tow his own people were suspicious of him. His nemesis Captain Luka was just itching to drop Breaker down a peg or two so when Chief Malvyn asked Luka to follow Breaker and see what he was doing Luka was only too happy.
After ferreting out what Breaker and Milani were doing beyond the village border, Luka stumbled across a situation that at first blush looked like a solution to the problems of the village. He soon learned that not everything was as it seemed and what Luka considered the likely outcome of his intel backfired. That put him in a position of making an alliance with his nemesis, Breaker. As tensions are mounting if Breaker ever wants to save those he cares about he is going to have to take a chance and trust the most unlikely of companions.
This is a high-tension story that is told from three different points of view. It is well-written with nice world development. One of my favorite things about this book is that the Author was not afraid to make ordinary people matter. Breaker worshipped his older brother before he died (and after as well) and you would have expected him to be remembered likened to a Greek god but he wasn’t. He was the opposite, he was rotund, not of higher than normal intelligence, and not “excellent” in any way but he was revered by the main character. His younger brother was of the same way. That kind of ordinary but extraordinary-ness applies to all of the characters. I really appreciated that aspect of the writing.
My only complaint really is that I felt that Breaker worried a little too much for my liking and that might just be a personal issue. I am more of a deal with the problem person so I can only take so much worrying before I start to roll my eyes. Overall though, I adored this story. I am absolutely going to follow this Authors career and continue with this series. I highly recommend this story to fans of science fiction, it was a fantastic read! I want more, right now!!
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