Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay!

Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales on his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

With the aliens and the humans at odds, the connection forming between the two teens has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

Description taken from Goodreads

My Review

I’ve read the Lux series by JLA and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  I think those are the only alien type books I’ve read.  Broken Skies, I feel, falls somewhere between those two.  The Lux series is heavy on the romance and The 5th Wave is more focused on the world and what’s become of it.  Broken Skies has a nice balance of both. 

It was really the plot that hooked me.  I just wanted to find out all that I could about this new world.  What exactly happened during this Collapse.  It was all just very interesting.  But confusing at the same time.  The way the world was described made it seem like it was a whole other world but it turns out it’s just our world in the future.  It was just very strange how everything declined.  The women are seen as property and less than men.  And there are community’s that almost seem cultish.  Very very strange, but interesting.  I just wished it was a bit more fleshed out, explained a bit more.

The characters were iffy for me.  I liked our protagonist, Jax, she was sarcastic and spoke her mind and at times just so hilarious.  But one second she was this fierce, kickass heroine and the next she was a trembling weak little girl.  The reader is aware that something happened in her past but we’re never told outright what happened, and I have some idea what must have happened but it would have been nice to get some clarity, just to confirm.  And I know people obviously have different personalities but this was a little strange.  Very contradictory.

Lir is an alien and I love how he and the other aliens are described.  Vibrant hair colors and eyes to match.  And just by looking at their hair color you can figure what family they belong to.  I think it’s just really fascinating.  Back to Lir.  I liked him.  I didn’t have a need to profess my undying love for him but he’s definitely someone that I find interesting.  He was just a little too stiff for my liking.

Jax’s brother, Jace, is a douche.  I didn’t like him one bit.  He’s way too controlling.  Same goes for Flint.  Don’t like either of them.

The story itself is just so mysterious.  You don’t know where these aliens came from and what they are capable of.  You don’t know what happened during this Collapse.  I just wanted to keep reading so I could figure it all out.  Though, honestly, I didn’t care one way or another if Jax ever found Jace.  I just wanted to learn more about the aliens and their world.  I’m hoping we can get some more of that in the second book.

Broken Skies was definitely an awesome read.  I read it one sitting and was never bored.  I would say that if you enjoyed the Lux series by JLA then you should give this book a shot.  I don’t want to say they have the same feel to them because they don’t but it is more like the Lux then The 5th Wave.  Go check it out!

Characters 3.5/5
Plot 4/5
Feels 3.5/5
Writing 3.5/5
Overall 3.6/5

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