I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Silver Sickle by Ellie Ann
on July 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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The end of humanity will come through the Silver Sickle . . .
Farissa lives every moment with reckless abandon, for it may be her last. Any day now, the alien goddesses will harvest her and take her to the mysterious Silver Sickle, never to return. She’s accepted that. What she can’t accept is this new idea of freedom Zel has planted in her head. She’d give almost anything to be with Zel, but how can she run from her destiny if it means putting the whole kingdom in danger?
Everyone in the desert kingdom believes the goddesses are immortal, but Zel has invented a way to kill them. Now all he has to do is convince Farissa to run away with him and plant a seed of hope in her heart that she’s not destined to die. Little does he know that one seed of hope could change the course of the future.
Okay. So I’m going to be honest here. I don’t remember why I signed up to review this book. The cover doesn’t blow me away and the synopsis doesn’t draw me in. BUT… I am SO glad I did! This book was completely what I was in mood for! It is sci fi at its best with a healthy dose of steampunk.
The world building is impeccable. Without any kind of an info dump, Ann is able to paint a fascinating picture of a future world, where aliens and sentient robots are a reality. I bought into the story without a moment of doubt. For a period of time, I was able to leave my own world behind, and this is a sure sign of a great author.
The characters were a huge part of what I loved about this book. Farissa is strong, independent and determined; the kind of teenager I would have liked to be. With everything that she is facing, she makes a role model that any parent should be comfortable sharing with their children. Zel compliments Farissa, with his unwavering loyalty. Having said that, I think the cogsmen were my favorite. They are somewhere between robots and humans, with a diminutive stature, metal bodies and a curious thought process. I wish there had been more to their background story because I felt like there was still so much to know. The aliens are called the Amar, and I wouldn’t have minded reading a book about their history either. Or maybe an illustration to see if my imagination could compare to Ann’s vision.
This is a stand alone story. I’m almost sad that there won’t be more to this story because I was so attached to the world, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that there is more yet to tell. I can strongly recommend this book to sci fi lovers, as well as dystopian. Even for readers who aren’t excited by the prospect of aliens, it’s exciting enough to thrill even the biggest of skeptics. 😉
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I like writing fairy tales, tall tales, thrillers, science fiction, and am seriously interested in transmedia storytelling.I’m a creative editor for Stonehouse Ink. I’m a producer of interactive books at Noble Beast.Come say hi! I don’t bite. Unless I’ve been turned into a zombie.