Welcome to YA Friday! Today I have a new teen sci-fi thriller release, Freefall, by Joshua David Bellin. The author is giving away one hard copy of his book to one lucky follower in the US. To enter, fill in the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it, click 'read more'. The book will be released Sept. 26th by Simon and Schuester.
He risks everything to find her and join her cause, equal treatment for Lowerworlders and inclusion into the space program. With his help, Sophie and others are able to have another ship, the Freefall, retrofitted and filled with their own people.
The two ships are meant never to meet, but 1,000 years in the future, Cam wakes up on a strange planet, not the one his ship was meant to find. There, strange metal creatures hunt his people at night and a blazing sun burns people to a crisp during the day. All seems lost, until the Freefall appears, also crashing into the dark planet. With hope, Cam desires to find Sophie, but a warped Commander will do anything to keep Lowerworlders from existing, and plans to use them as fodder.
This book is told in alternating chapters reflecting the past, when Cam is training for the space program and meets Sophie, and the future, where he is struggling to survive on a hostile planet and rescue Sophie. I found the future to be where all the action lie. I eagerly wanted to read the chapters describing this new world and the horrors present. These creatures that the author creates are horrific and when I found out the truth behind what they really were, holy smokes! I couldn't believe it. Only a truly warped mind could have done that, and the author relates the dealings with the Commander so well, that I had no problem connecting him to the evil. It was chilling.
Now, the chapters about the past are important, but they felt a little heavy to me. I just wanted to get to the good stuff in the future. However, there is a twist ending which I would not have understood if I hadn't read the chapters in the past. So, though I feel like these chapters didn't have to be every other one and could have been more condensed, you do need to read them to understand the ending and Cam and Sophie's relationship.
There is great tension and action in the future chapters that will pull a reader into the journey. Solving the mysteries of what happened to the ships, what the creatures are, and if the people can survive are great plot lines and make this book worth the read. I'm giving it 4 stars!
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