BROKEN SKIES (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa KayBroken Skies by Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #1
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on March 10th 2014
Pages: 371
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived. Ten years ago, the aliens arrived...and stayed.One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy. Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E'rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them... but now they have taken Jax's brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E'rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it's not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that's she's drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales. And he's equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn't know the alien's true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

Reading time 4 mins

This book didn’t really do it for me. The premise was pretty good, but there were too many issues with this story for me to love it. The world that these people live in is just too problem filled.

There was some sort of sickness that killed off almost all the humans, then the aliens arrived and humans and aliens co-exist on this world. Except that they really don’t co-exist. Jax and the other humans know almost nothing of the aliens. The aliens have advanced technology and the humans have reverted to living in the stone age. Human women have no say so in their world, they are primarily for breeding. Jax and her brother Jace have been living off the grid when Jax has an accident. She is attacked and kills two men. Jace can’t stand to see her hurt so he agrees to join the local community mostly for protection. Jax can’t wait to get out. She can’t leave unescorted, and she is not like the women in this world.

Right there the books starts off great. The world building and characters were coming into focus. Then Jax sneaks out to see Jace outside of the wall and they are surprised to see aliens so close to the human settlement. The aliens capture Jace and Jax teams up with an alien named Lir, who was about to be executed, to go and rescue her brother. I am still really on board at this point. I like Lir and Jax, they have a slow burn kind of thing going. Also, forbidden romances are awesome. Lir has green hair and green eyes with a silver rim around them. I fell for him just reading the description.

But then…

Jax and Lir have a telepathic connection. The connections and inner voice conversations just killed this for me. At this point, this book really looses my interest. Then I have to question other things. I don’t see how little Jax, who needs protection from her brother, could possibly have killed people. There is a lot fo nudity in this book. Jax just gets naked in front of people and I don’t get it. She has so much anxiety that panic attacks prevail throughout the story. Ugh! So now we got panic attacks, inner voice conversations, inappropriate nakedness, and then the building of the alien world kinda falls apart. I can no longer picture this story. Also, with Jax and Jace being so close in spelling I made a few mistakes in the reading and had to go back. Actually, it took me about the first chapter to understand that Jax is a girl. That is not a typical girl name, and for a few pages I though Jax was sort of short for Jace. That is just annoying. The worst part was the noncommittal ending. I expect there to be an ending, or a reason for a next book but there wasn’t either.

So I liked this book and then I really didn’t.

My Rating

About the Author

The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer’s Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure.

She’s constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed “fangirl” who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King novels, but between her internal Muse’s ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer’s group – The Rebel Writers – she knew she should stick with what was working.

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