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The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?
This book. Uh, this book. It’s like Hunger Games meets Maze Runner. Yes, I’m aware you’ve read that about this book in thousands of places, but it’s the most apt description to this that there is.
Overall, the plot is good, the characters are complex enough to keep you engaged and the writing is good. The world, however, isn’t explored to it’s full potential, or so I believe. I mean, there’s no proper explanation as to the status of people. Why Gold? Why Silver? Why Bronze? We know that’s who they are, but not why. Money, lineage? What decides it?
I think that the story has an extremely powerful beginning in the prologue, but then the following chapters don’t do justice to the beginning. It took me sometime to actually start enjoying the book and reading the first few chapters was a huge task for me. Be as it might, I couldn’t bring myself to like what was going on. The characters are so VILE AND MEAN AND CRUEL, gosh! It’s kind of unbelievable. It’s all really dark. People cut off each other’s body parts. And that is considered normal. Yeah, no. That’s not for me. At all. I can’t bring myself to understand why people would be so evil. Is it the coming Doom? I guess, maybe. Survival instinct, sure that could be the reason.
Also, there’s a love triangle. Which is a pet peeve of mine. I hate them. With a passion. But somehow, I didn’t mind it much in this. Maybe because it wasn’t what was central to the story and the actual plot was more engaging than the romance. I have to say, I’m totally rooting for Riser. He’s definitely more interesting than Caspian. He’s dark and mysterious and has a whole lot of depth that Caspian fails to possess. He’s like the bad boy with a heart of gold. Yeah, you’ve read that elsewhere, but that doesn’t make Riser any less delectable. He’s so good. He’s also definitely my favorite character in the book.
I like the heroine’s drive to find her brother. She’s so determined to find him and save him and make him believe that she didn’t abandon him. It’s really heartbreaking at times. All the familial bonds in this story are so well depicted. It’s great to see YA where authors give importance to family and not just the romance.
All in all, this is a great read. A little sluggish in the beginning, but then it picks off great. All you sci – fi dystopia fans out there have to read this! You’ll absolutely love it!
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.