Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
No. 1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with Skyhunter, an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.
A broken world.
An overwhelming evil.
A team of warriors ready to strike back.
Talin is a Striker, a member of an elite fighting force that stands as the last defense for the only free nation in the world: Mara.
A refugee, Talin knows firsthand the horrors of the Federation, a world-dominating war machine responsible for destroying nation after nation with its terrifying army of mutant beasts known only as Ghosts.
But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front to Mara’s capital, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? What secrets is he hiding?
Only one thing is clear: Talin is ready to fight to the death alongside her fellow Strikers for the only homeland she has left . . . with or without the boy who might just be the weapon to save—or destroy—them all.
Loyalty is life.
About: Skyhunter is a young adult science fiction fantasy written by Marie Lu. It was published on 9/29/2020 by Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 400 pages. The genres are young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dystopia. This book was intended for readers ages 12 to 17. I have read a few books by this author: Legend, The Young Elites, and The Rose Society. This book is part of a duology where book two is called Steelstriker. According to the publisher’s website, “Square Fish is a children’s book imprint representing the best of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt, and Roaring Brook backlists, but reformatted, repackaged, and reissued with a mass market children’s and teen audience in mind.” Please see below for more info about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook for Skyhunter on 10/16/2021 and finished it on 11/30/2021. A well liked set of characters to whom all shared a good sense of humor. I liked Adena for her good skills in weapons but also an upbeat attitude. Jeran sounded like a sweet guy who get embarrassed when others complimented his cooking. There’s a short exchange that informed readers that Jeran was gay. I couldn’t tell the hidden message to this book’s cover until I met Red and knew what he was capable of. I laughed out loud when I read the part about egg shells as fertilizer. My parents just told me to do that this summer. I also learned of this concept from What Does it Mean to Be Green? children’s book. I liked the ability to communicate through the minds. It reminded of my recent read, Aurora Burning. I’m taking a lot longer to finish reading and listening to an audiobook for this title. I lost interest because there were a lot of repetition. There were many flashbacks of Talin’s experiences at being let go by the young soldier and her escape with her mom as well as why her mom’s not residing inside Mara. I do liked, however, that this story had a focus on communicating using sign language.
This book started with Talin, a Striker for Mara, an Assassin of Monsters. She spent a lot of time training to eliminate these Ghosts who were once human but now are superhuman. Then the story began at the warfront, the nation of Mara. Told in the first person point of view, Talin and her partner aka Shield, Corian, trained together since they were both 12. They were getting ready to go out to hunt Ghosts who traveled in packs. Their bodies strapped full of weapons from head to toes. Talin who lost her ability to speak at 8 when the Federation attacked her hometown is now using sign language for communication. She couldn’t remember what happened with her dad but she was able to escape with her mom. Due to her being refugees, she was regarded as a rat and couldn’t do much in Mara. The only reason she was able to become a Striker was due to Corian, high born and wealthy. Now that he’s taken by a Ghost and Talin failed to protect him, her job is in jeopardy. Later, an enemy crossed the border into Mara and he was going to be questioned and punished by death, but Talin saved him from death. The leader punished her for embarrassing him by assigning this enemy as her new Shield. If Talin’s career was saved then her life was basically forfeited because how was she expected to kill Ghosts with an enemy by her side!
Skyhunter was well written. Red’s power reminded me of Raffe from Angelfall for the big wings. I’m not sure where Mara and Basea is while reading this story. It sounded futuristic because they no longer use machines we are used to today. It sounded like a faraway place but not in another planet or outer space. I don’t know why this story fail to grab my attention. I enjoyed the author’s book called Legend and have been wanting to read it again so I can finish out the series. I liked that the villain is smart and can speak multiple languages. I enjoyed the ending. It was a bit more thrilling than the rest of the book when Talin and her friends infiltrated the enemy at their location. I enjoyed the twist in the end. The narrator did a good job narrating this story with different voices. An added bonus was an interview with the author and narrator at the end of the audiobook.
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Marie Lu is the No. 1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Legend series, The Young Elites trilogy, the Warcross series. the Skyhunter series, Batman: Nightwalker, and The Kingdom of Back. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, where she worked as an artist. A full-time writer, she spends her spare hours reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in the traffic-jam capital, Los Angeles, with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their son. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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