Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Skyfire by Skye Melki-Wegner

Title: Skyfire (Chasing the Valley #3)
Author: Skye Melki-Wegner
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: Random House Australia via NetGalley

What if you achieve everything you’ve dreamed of – and it turns into a nightmare?

Danika and her crew of refugees finally reach the Magnetic Valley. Will it be the safe refuge and land of freedom they had imagined? When a runaway girl is shot down before their eyes, Danika and her friends realise that this new land is no paradise. They must try to fit in at all costs – even if revealing their secrets will mean a death sentence.

The conclusion to the Chasing the Valley trilogy will reveal explosive surprises and terrifying new dangers.
Review by Nara

The sky catches fire at midnight.
Wow, what an incredible conclusion. Honestly, Skyfire was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. This series deserves so much more recognition than it currently does, and I'm going to say that it's probably only underrated because it's only been released in Australia. Some US publisher really ought to snap it up and give it the attention it deserves.
And suddenly I know I have to tell them. I can't just sneak away and never look back. It would be more than a betrayal. It would be unforgivable.
I love this book so much right now. Only just recently, I wrote a discussion post about how annoying it was when characters break up with some to keep them "safe". And what do we get in this book? A character who actually thinks about the other person. A character who doesn't lie, doesn't hide things, doesn't completely ignore the other person. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is amazing. Skye Melki-Wegner, I applaud you.

And that story! Finally we get some surprising twists! And pretty much all of the unanswered questions from the first two to do with the world building are answered, making an incredibly satisfying conclusion.

Sidenote: in the first two books, there were these beasts called foxaries which are basically massive foxes that are big enough to ride. Well, if those aren't awesome enough anyway (ignoring the fact that they're apparently really aggressive and eat people...come on! They're giant foxes!) NOW THEY CAN FREAKING FLY. Seriously, just give me one now.

I have to admit, while the first two books in this series were pretty good too, Skyfire really blows the other two out of the water. Much more action, many more unpredictable twists, great character development and the perfect amount of feels. Get yourselves a copy, people. ASAP.


Overall: 9/10
Plot: 4.5/5
Writing: 4/5
World Building: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 3/5