Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review -- Falling Sky by James Patrick Riser

Title: Falling Sky

Author: James Patrick Riser

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Published May 2013 by Wild Child Publishing

Length: 74 Pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the book:

Following a devastating world war, the surface of the planet has been covered in a substance called Dust, a weapon that can break down the physical make up of entire cities, reducing them to rubble and preventing citizens from rebuilding their lost metropolises for several years. In order to survive, humanity has taken refuge in crowded, underground cities.

Ian Blum is a 15 year old boy living in one such city. His crippling social anxiety confines him to a solitary life at home, while his parents are away at their jobs. The person he interacts with the most is his home school professor, Michael Wasley. One night, Ian is visited by a mysterious figure in a dream. The man warns Ian of a great earthquake that will destroy the cities, killing all of the inhabitants. The man charges Ian with the task of getting everyone out.

Soon after, Ian finds out that he isn't the only one who has had this dream and reluctantly joins a group of rebels who has made it their mission to drive everyone from the cities for their own safety, however, no one believes in the stranger's prophecy. Ian and the rebels must find a way to get the people to safety at any cost.

James Patrick Riser takes readers on a fascinating journey to the future with this Young Adult Science Fiction adventure. Ian Blum is a sympathetic character whom I think in spite of his unique circumstances or perhaps because of them, is easy to relate to and even easier to like. I loved the tone of this book, the straitforwardness of the situation and the mixture of the mundane and the mysterious. Even though we don’t deeply delve into some of the characters there is a sense of familiarity with them and I was able to relate to all of them. I loved the flashback and dream segments because they added just the right amount of information and the precise time. I can easily recommend this to young adults and fans of YA fiction if they are looking for a swift and sensitive read. If you know of anyone who has any type of social anxiety this is a refreshing story that neither preaches nor offers bandage solutions, it simple describes things as they are and accepts them as such. I’m hoping this isn’t the last I’ve seen of Ian as I’d love to see how he is getting on now.

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