Review: Indestructible by Emma Adams #YoungDelight

Review: Indestructible by Emma Adams #YoungDelightIndestructibleGenres: YA Dystopian Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 7, 2016
Pages: 344
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
four-stars      one-flame

Two years ago, the fiends invaded, with a devastating explosion that split the world in two. Even now, energy blasts strike without warning, destroying everything in their paths. The fiends hunt anyone unlucky enough to escape.

My name is Leah. An energy blast killed my group. It should have killed me, too. Instead, I woke up alone in the wilderness, stalked by the fiends.

My only hope is the red-cloaked strangers who call themselves the Pyros. They can do the impossible and make flames shoot from their hands, and are more than a match for the fiends. Right now, my one chance for safety -- and revenge -- is with them.

But they're keeping secrets from me. Like those skeletons hidden under their base. And the reasons I developed a psychic link with someone who can't stand the sight of me -- after he saved my life.

If I don't uncover the truth about why the world ended the first time, my new safe haven might go up in smoke...

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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I’ve read quite some books by this author and while this isn’t my favorite book by her, I did enjoy it. There were some nice twists indeed. Great review!

    • I’ve got another book, Adamant, by her that I hope to try at some point. She does seem to create some interesting worlds and strong action plots.

      • I’ll have to continue that series soon. I really enjoyed Adamant and read the second book, but then fell behind, I think the series is finished by now. I am currently working on her Changeling Chronicles and the trilogy with the dragon shifters.
        That sums up her style well indeed, she usually writes interesting worlds and plots with lots of action.

        • Oh that’s right. I forgot she was the one who wrote that dragon series you got me interested in. 🙂 Yeah, I’ll have to get to that one, too.

  • it’s been a while since I haven’t read an post apocalypstic story I confess and I didn’t know about this one

    • I read them now and then. Its fun to see that there are so many books out there to discover, Melliane. 🙂

  • I don’t usually go for the post apocalypse type stories but this one seems to have a paranormal element to it and I always like that.

    • Yep, here be demons and extra abilities. 😉 I liked that it had both as well.

  • I’m a sucker for a good dystopian. And I have to admit that I’m more than a little enamored with that cover. I’ll have to check this one out!

    • Oh yeah, this one hooked me in, too, Nicole. Hope you enjoy it if you get the chance. 🙂

  • This sounds really good. I love books that open with a lot of excitment and then has the story actually live up to it.

    • Yeah, after that explosive opening scene, I thought how can the author top that. It was great to see her keep up with the breathtaking action and twists in the plot.

  • I have never read anything in the dystopian genre, but this does sound intriguing. I like the fact , that it has paranormal elements.

    • That combination of dystopian and paranormal is a hit with me, too, Nadene. I loved the mystery element with all the secrets and the exciting action scenes.

  • It’s been quite a long time since I’ve read YA dystopian, and I have to say that reading your review made me want to try this one. Great review Sophia Rose.

    • I devoured a bunch of it and then moved on, but from time to time I go back for another one. Hope you like it if you try it, Vanessa.

  • Oh wow! That does sound exciting and like a unique set up. I don’t mind the young ya feel now and again especially if it’s really well done like this sounds.

    • This one was done well on all fronts. Their kids, but they’re not dumb or bratty. They are smart, but not unbelievably. I have not encountered the balance in the last few YAs I’ve tried.
      I look forward to seeing what happens next when I get the chance.

  • This sounds interesting and well paced Sophia. I do love a good dystopian so I will mark this to read.

    • Glad to point you toward it, Kimberly. 🙂 It was a satisfying one.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Sophia Rose looks good

  • RO

    These kind of stories seem filled with so much that I usually end up appreciating it more as a movie or tv show. As always, I love your review! Hugs…

    • I never thought about it from that angle, but you’re right, Ro. 🙂

  • Okay so this is right up my alley. And all the books are already out! Just bought book one-hopefully I can get to it soon! Thank you!

    • Oh cool! Crossing my fingers you end up enjoying it, too. 🙂