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Released on January 7, 2016
Source: Book Tour Provided
Just in case one thought apocalyptic survival of earth quakes, floods, famine, and the breakdown of government and society was tough enough, poor Leah and the rest of the surviving humans must deal with sudden mass-destructive random fiery explosions and fiendish creatures that have entered earth through the wide divide in the ground. Indestructible hit the ground running and thrilled with action, intrigue and a gritty YA post-apocalyptic adventure story that is first in a three part series.
Leah has been surviving for two years with a rag-tag group of refugee survivors until the day one of those fiery explosions kills everyone in her camp. She should have never survived the explosion or the fight afterward with two of the fiends. Not only did she survive, but she somehow summoned fire and sent one of the powerful creatures flying. Joined in the fight by mysterious cloaked figures in red who have similar powers, she decides to go with them to learn about her new power and learn how to fight the fiends.
As Leah slowly learns the secrets about the hidden and powerful people living secret from regular humans, she realizes that nothing is what she thought before. She has to gain the knowledge and skills quickly so she can do her part even as betrayal and mistrust plague the group that is fast becoming a new home and new family to replace the one she’s lost. But can she trust them particularly the irascible Cas?
This one was off and running with an exciting opening scene leaving me to slowly catch up and learn the world building and situation the main character finds herself in. It was unique and I appreciated all the mystery surrounding Leah and the others. There is definitely a YA feel to the story, but I enjoyed the action and connection to the other characters.
Leah is a strong heroine who has learned to be tough and change to fit the new gritty, darker world she finds herself living in. She is assertive without being stupid or impulsive which was a refreshing change from other YA heroines.
The group of characters and camaraderie was nice particularly when Leah went from being alone to part of a group.
I liked the way the author teased out the reveals and twists in the story. There is foreshadowing and hints so they don’t come out of left field, but help build the tension. The story is the first segment of a longer story, but I appreciated that it ended in a thrilling part without feeling like an abrupt cliffhanger. I’m eager to see where it goes.
All in all, this was a fantastic start to the trilogy and I definitely recommend it to others that enjoy YA dystopian adventure stories.