24 June, 2022

#BookReview :: Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu
 - #Dystopian #YAFiction @Marie_Lu @MacmillanAudio @librofm

Book Summary of Skyhunter:

Marie Lu's Skyhunter takes place in a dystopian world where the only free nation is Mara, while other nations are under the control of the tyrannical Federation. To dominate other nations, the Federation creates and controls monster-like humans called Ghosts, who attack and destroy their targets.

Despite the Federation's repeated attempts to take over Mara, they have not succeeded due to the nation's formidable skyhunters, warriors with special abilities who defend their land from the Federation's attacks. Talin, one of the skyhunters, is mute but determined to protect her people, even when she is assigned to care for a rogue soldier named Red.

As Talin gets to know Red, she realizes that he might be the key to defeating the Federation once and for all. With the help of her friends, Talin embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth about Red and his past, and to use his knowledge to take down the Federation.

Throughout the novel, Marie Lu expertly crafts a thrilling and action-packed narrative that explores themes of oppression, resistance, and sacrifice. Talin's character is particularly compelling, as she overcomes her disability to become a formidable warrior and leader - especially when her life takes a turn that she had never expected. As she rises up to the situation to serve her nation, she has to find her footing with her new partner and take on missions that are dangerous and yet maybe Mara’s only hope.

The dynamic between Talin and Red also adds an emotional depth to the story, as their relationship evolves from mistrust to partnership.

With enemies both within the borders and outside it, will Mara be able to save her friends, family, and her nation?

Talin is an interesting character. With her past trauma and her present, where she is tested almost everyday - you can’t help but want her to win, if only to give her a break from all the hurdles that life has thrown in her path. She is definitely strong, and in rare occasions, her sense of humour shines through. But her most endearing quality is that of love and humanity. She loves from the core of her heart and we see that in every relationship she has. Whether it is her mother or her striker friends, and eventually with Red, she cherishes each of them and almost lives for them. Red is equal to her in almost every way. A quick learner with a loving heart is what Red is. He has lived through his share of trauma and yet that hasn’t affected his capability to love.

The world building could have been better. I wanted to know more about the different cultures and I kept wondering why only the federation was looking for the technology left behind by the Early-Ones. Adena with her inventor’s mind (or others in her nation) never looked for other technologies to advance her own? How does the federation link minds with certain ‘soldiers’?

However, the action, the fast paced narration and the different relationship dynamics keeps the pages turning and the readers entertained. Skyhunter is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Narrator Natalie Naudus has done an excellent job bringing Talin and her adventures to life in this audiobook.

ALC received from Libro.fm

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Quotes from Skyhunter:

  1. “Aren't we all always searching for someone to understand us?”
  2. “Our pasts matter because they created us, helped mold us into who we are.”
  3. “It is always the gentle ones I fear for the most, those willing to bare their hearts, who grieve for others and feel happy for others' happiness.”

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