Monday, January 16, 2017

The Dystopian You NEED In Your Life! My Flashfall Review!

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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan
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Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.


Flashfall absolutely BLEW ME AWAY. I went into this book with zero expectations, and it was so much more than I ever could have expected or imagined. Not only is Flashfall one of my favorite 2016 debuts, but it's now one of my favorite books of all time! If you're looking for a brilliant, swoony, heart-stopping dystopian, look no further—Flashfall is "the one" for you. Honestly, I could (and I have) re-read this book over and over again and never get sick of it—it's simply that wonderful. The stakes in this book are so incredibly high that it left me breathless and don't even get me started on how fantastic the main ship is because . . .


Even if you're not typically a fan of dystopian novels or you've been disappointed by many of them in the past, I highly urge you to give this one a try. If Flashfall doesn't change your mind, nothing will.


1) The main character, Orion, is far from a special snowflake. Everything that she excels at is from her own hard work, and my god, this girl is a BADASS. At the same time, she's vulnerable and passionate, and when she loves—she loves fiercely. Her story is literally an emotional roller coaster that's mostly a downward spiral, so how she was able to keep her head and stay focused, I have no idea. It boggles my mind, because if I was in Orion's position, I would just have curled up in the fetal position and waited for death. Basically, I love her so much and I'm dying to read more about her!

2) You guys know that I am all about the ships, and Flashfall has has a great one. They kind of remind me of Tris and Four from Divergent, but not dysfunctional and more adorable. Dram and Orion are definitely one of my new OTPs. They are so freaking cute—it honestly made my heart sing. My favorite thing about them is how they balance each other out. One is not specifically better, more-skilled, or more useful than the other—they are equal partners and their passion for one-another is undeniable. Just thinking about these two gives me ALL THE FEELS!


3) All of Flashfall is written from Orion's POV, but the plot itself is multi-layered with overlapping storylines for the other characters. Usually, I expect a single-POV story to be pretty limiting regarding how much of the rest of the world and other characters' storylines we get to see, but this is not the case in Flashfall. It's truly masterful how this is accomplished, so I'm incredibly impressed with Jenny Moyer's skill.

4) I have read so many dystopian novels, and too often, the stakes are . . . meh. However, there is nothing easy about this book. Time and time again, the characters struggle, are punished, and are literally put through hell—which in my opinion is the beauty of a great dystopian—and what people who enjoy dystopian novels want to read. In Flashfall, the ultimate goal of the main characters doesn't come without a cost—which they are forced to pay—and it totally crushed me. While reading, I had a constant adrenaline rush and my pulse felt like it was going rupture my veins; it was amazing!

(In a good way ;D)


1) The alternative curse words. In some cases it was okay, and in during other times, it wasn't. There is a term, glenting, that I'm still not entirely sure I know what it means. Overall, I would have just preferred regular cursing XD




Also, check out the amazing Official Full Length Trailer for Flashfall!


38 comments:

  1. I loved this book so much! It is such a unique story and I really enjoyed the mining aspect to it. Your review has brought back all sorts of feels for me! :)

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    1. I was surprised by how much I loved the mining aspect but this book was just one big surprise! I'm glad I could bring those feels back for you, I love this book so much!

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  2. Wow, I need a swoony dystopian in my life, I've GOT to read this book!

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    1. Don't we all? And look no further because this is what you need!

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  3. Since I like alternative curse words I think there would be no negatives for me. LOL This looks like something I need to read.

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  4. I'VE GOT THIS BOOK!! Now I'm really excited to start reading it <3 awesome review and amazing quotes from the book!

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  5. This one has been on my radar, but I wasn't sure. Your review makes me more interested in reading it for sure! I do almost always agree with you about when they make up words. It is often hard to deal with when reading, I think the last one that bothered me that way was Blood Red Road. Great review!

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    1. I haven't read Blood Red Road but alternate curse words usually just make the book less serious to me. I hope you bump this book up on your TBR because it's wonderful ^_^

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  6. Lovely review! We've seen this book around a few times, but never picked it up. Now when we see it again, we'll definitely pick it up. Love the first quote you chose, about how there is so much to lose. <3
    ~ Pendragons 

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad I convinced you both to pick it up! It was easy to find quotes in this book, I'm glad you liked it ^_^

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  7. I just recently read this book, and I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the next one! :)

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    1. Me too! I can't wait to have book 2 in my hands ^__^

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  8. Ahh, this book is on my TBR but I hadn't heard that much about it yet... So happy you enjoyed this, this review definitely bumped up the book to a top priority :)

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    1. This book deserves way more buzz then it got because it's fantastic. I hope you love it!

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  9. I haven't been able to start my copy of Flashfall yet but now I'm even more excited after this review. I need to hurry up and get to it already. :P

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  10. This one is new to me and your excitement for it is contagious! Adding now. Great review.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad I could add to your TBR, thanks for stopping by!

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  11. This one wasn't on my TBR yet, but it's going on there now! Awesome review!

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    1. Yes, it needs to be on your TBR! It's awesome ^_^ Thank you!

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  12. This book was included in with the December Fairy Loot box. I thought it sounded absolutely amazing and I can't wait to read it! Your review has bumped it up my TBR pile!
    Brilliant review! :)

    xoxo
    Kirsty
    thebibliophilegirluk.com

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    1. I'm so glad I could bump it up, trust me, this book is fantastic. You won't regret it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. YESSSS! I totally, 100% agree with EVERYTHING you have said here. This book was SO. GOOD. I didn't know what to expect either- I mean, I assumed I'd like it (hence the reason I read it to begin with, right? Hahha) but I didn't know that it would be THIS amazing. I loved the ship because they were so... EQUAL. Like they both had strengths, no one was always "saving" the other, they were surviving together, by working together. GAH I could gush about this book all day I think. I am basically giddy excited for the sequel! Great review!!

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    1. YAY!!! I could go on and on about this book because it's just PERFECT! AND YES THEY WERE SO EQUAL. Neither one of them was stronger than the other, they both were just equally amazing separate and together. I need this sequel like I need air. I can't wait to read it!

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  14. I WANT TO READ THIS SO BAD OMG BRITTANY YOU'VE 100% CONVINCED ME. I actually haven't really heard anyone talk about it?? Maybe I've seen one review?? Eeep. Definitely a mistake since it looks so fabulous.🎉 Plus I'm ridiculously excited for a badass woman who's not a special snowflake hehe. Aaaand I'm pretty tired of dystopians generally. So. I'm so keen to find one that is actually excellent again!!

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    1. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT IS WONDERFUL AND AWESOME AND YOU JUST NEED IT! It's not getting the buzz that it deserves, that's for sure. ENTER ME! It's hard to find a good dystopians these days, but trust me, this is one of the good ones!

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  15. I have heard a lot of good things about this one and it'sanaged to find its way onto my TBR. This review solidifies that and actually makes me super excited to read it. I love what you say about the scope the author is able to out into it from a first person POV and that really excites me. Also - not a special snowflake? Yes please!

    Great review!

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    1. Nope, she's not a special snowflake. She's just good at what she does. Definitely read this book as soon as possible!

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  16. I feel like this just got passed my radar somehow and I still haven't read it. Which I really must fix because it seriously sounds amazing!
    Great review (:

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    1. It's not getting the buzz it deserves but hopefully I can help change that! It's more amazing then I could ever put into words.

      Thank you!

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  17. YES YES YES I LOVE THIS BOOK. I was so swept away with the characters and story and I had no idea I'd love it so much. I'm so impressed with this book. So happy you love it too.

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    1. Neither did I! It was a big surprise but I LOVE it! And we usually agree on books, so I'm not surprised! Glad to hear that you loved it too though <3

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  18. I loved this one so much haha. Can't wait for the sequel! Isn't the trailer so cool? I thought the team did an absolute great idea. Definitely one of my favorite sci-fis for 2016.

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

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    1. Right? It's sooo good. And yes, I'm really impressed with what Jenny was able to create with this trailer, I was super impressed. Flashfall is one of my favorites of 2016, and I bet the sequel will be one of my favorites of 2017!

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  19. Gah. I have seen so many people now loving this book. I WANT IT. Haha :) So glad you loved it Brittany. <3 Your review is awesome. I'm even more curious about this book now :)

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    1. Good because this book is fantastic! Thank you for your kind words, and I hope you read it soon!

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