24 June, 2022

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

“Aren't we all always searching for someone to understand us?”

Mara is the only independent nation left standing and still continuing to fight against the Karensa Federation. Living in a world that has been in a constant state of war for years, Talin does her bit for the war efforts as a striker in the army. As a striker, she is an elite soldier who also happens to be a refugee in Mara. She has made her place through sheer skill, and with the help of her mother and friends, she has made Mara her home. But when she finds herself responsible for the life of a deserter from the Federation Army, 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. With enemies both within the borders and outside it, will Mara be able to save her friends, family, and her nation?

“Our pasts matter because they created us, helped mold us into who we are.”

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.

“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.”

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.

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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