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City of the Falling Sky (The Seckry Sequence Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Evans
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Book Description

When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.

Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.

Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.

Alone at night, Seckry creeps through the sewers whilst wondering what experiments Endrin might be doing on the worms, and emerges into the silent complex. But the worms aren’t the only thing that he finds. Staring at him through the darkness, with wide, innocent eyes, is something that makes Seckry’s heart almost stop.

A girl.

She’s shaking, petrified, and has no recollection of who she is or what she’s doing there.

Floodlights bleach the area and Seckry has no choice but to grab a hold of the girl and escape with her.

Suddenly the question of what Endrin were doing with a few worms becomes the last thing on Seckry’s mind. What were Endrin doing with a human?


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About the Author

Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan (can you tell?) and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you’re ever in the area, pop in and say hello!

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  • File Size: 4403 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E8YZ2M
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Rough Writing November 30, 2011
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The story was cohesive from start to finish. The beginning was a little rough and fairly predictable, but the ending was excellent! Definitely worth reading through to the end.
The grammatical and spelling errors were quite frequent throughout the work. I found that many times the character's actions were overplayed. Instead of allowing the reader to make his own conclusion about what might have motivated a character to respond a certain way, it was spelled out for him. While at times this may be necessary to make sure the reader is tracking with you it seemed a little excessive. The transistions could have been smoother also.
This book is definitely worth the $.99 if you enjoy Sci-fi young adult books. It really did get better the farther along I got. The author did a good job of wrapping up the story, but still make you wish for more.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read April 15, 2012
By kdoyle
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3.5 stars. I downloaded a sample of City of the Falling Sky and liked it enough to buy the book. There are the obvious tie-ins with Harry Potter--strange creatures and foods--but it's hard to find a YA fantasy book that doesn't have any, these days. I liked Seckry's character; it was realistic enough that he didn't come off as the perfect protagonist who has no flaws. On the whole, the writing level seemed more MG than YA, and there were some rough edges that could easily be fixed by a good editor. Still, an enjoyable, well-plotted read. I wouldn't place it in the same class as J K Rowling, though.

Note added: My comment about Rowling is because the copy I purchased had a promotional blurb claiming it was "better than Harry Potter."
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars fascinating story January 11, 2014
By Alisan
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Why 2 stars? Despite a well-written, gripping story, I find it hard to reconcile crude language, child kidnapping and torture, abuse and murder with a children's novel. I had high hopes for the series for my son and I but won't read the next one as this was dark enough.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Even though City of the Falling Sky has a number of elements that are cliche, it is still entertaining and easy to read. There are quite a few pieces in the story that feel like they were pulled from other books, like the one teacher everyone hates, the one teacher that the hero latches to, the hero's newly found outlet that suddenly makes him popular, the hero's innate ability of befriending just about anyone, two or three people constantly sharing a glance of concern or amusement, and the evil bad guy's constant head shaking and pompous speech. There were other things that popped out, but I think you get the idea.

The book suffers from some inconsistencies or irregularities. Concerning technology, the popular game kids love to play, Friction, is indicative of highly advanced technology. Yet, we experience a moment where Seckry is setting up and using a computer that makes technology sound no more advanced as we are today. Physical keyboards, external hard drives, email addresses and websites? Are we really approaching the 23rd century or stuck in the early 21st? I do not know what technology will be like roughly 180 years from now, but I would imagine it being significantly different from what we use today. For the characters, you will not see anything that sets itself apart from the pack and in several cases, see what will happen a mile away. And the names of people in the story fit a fantasy, not a science fiction, setting. All these ultimately trivial things added up, and some served as mere plot devices.

Now for the good. Joseph Evans' writing style makes this a breeze of a read and if he were to write adult fiction, I would be willing to give it a shot. Given that this is a YA book, the writing simplified character development.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This is Joseph Evan's first book, and it's a fun one. His writing style is bright and fresh. Set in the future about 200 years, his characters will make a reader wish they had them as friends themselves. And they'll wish they could play the video game that's all the rage in Seckry's world. It's called Friction. It's a physical reality joy ride I'd buy right now if the game were available. So what are the downsides? The technology in the book doesn't progress 200 years into the future: Kids are still flipping open cell phones and sending texts and listening to music on CD's. But that said, this book would be a very fun read for kids from 12 to 14 and were it not for a few rough edges that might chafe a more experienced readers sensibilities, I would say adults might enjoy it too. It's worth its price on kindle and would make a fun rainy weekend read. J.Taylor, Yaroos.com
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, poor execution January 25, 2014
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I was not a fan of this book and feel that it could have benefited from multiple rounds of revisions and edits before being published.

The author use of the main character's name, Seckry, far too often, to where it was annoying to read. The story wasn't believable most of the time... oh I found this random girl, my Mom's completely cool with letting her stay in my room, no questions, oh and lets check her into school for the next day, no need for paper work, records, ID, anything, she'll just start school. There were too many unbelievable aspects to this book that would constantly make me roll my eyes for it to be enjoyable.

If you're a fan of YA novels (Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc.), I seriously doubt you would enjoy this book. If you're a fan of fantasy/sci-fi (Sanderson, Erikson, Rothfuss, Simmons, etc.) you will not enjoy this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Affected by Corporate Choices
The main character, Seckry, his mom and older sisters are forcibly relocated from their village home to the city by a powerful corporation. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Aynjele
5.0 out of 5 stars We Need More Books Like These
Complete time consumer, indeed. We need more books like these, filled with creativity and suspense. Joseph certainly expresses his emotions through his writing, making them... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kiyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting all he way through book==great ending ==I really liked...
interesting all he way through book==great ending ==I really liked book
Published 14 days ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars City of the falling sky
a book that drives you to see what will happen next. where else can you be forced out of your lifelong home to the big city, only to almost be killed multiple times, and bring an... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for those looking for an easy read.
An enjoyable and worthwhile sci-fi tale which will appeal mainly to teenagers. It is fun and well-written without being ground breaking in any particular way. Read more
Published 20 days ago by R.D. Hale (author)
5.0 out of 5 stars My new #1 book !
This was THE best book ever. I couldn't put it down for anything. I will read this book again and again.
Published 24 days ago by ednna perez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I had higher expectations for this book. It kind of read like Harry Potter and the Uglies got together and "magic" this book appeared. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet Arroyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This book was intriguing and fun to read. I bought the second book as soon as I finished this one.
Published 1 month ago by Memory B. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars A group of teenagers thwart bad guys with a time-travel twist
Rather soft sci-fi but I enjoyed it. The setting is some earth-like planet with generally earth-like culture, including an amusing religious component paralleling Christianity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Schutz
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Adults need to read
When I first saw this book, I noticed a similarity to one of my other favorite book series in the title, so I decided to give it a shot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Phoenix
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Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan (can you tell?) and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you're ever in the area, pop in and say hello!

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