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"Action-packed with cliffhanger chapter endings, Fall of Venus is a deft blend of environmentalism and sci-fi, all packaged around one young woman's determination to survive.

For a science fiction novel, Fall of Venus kind of creeps up on readers with the sci-fi elements; it's not a book that can be immediately categorized. I actually mistook it for general adult fiction and then survival fiction, but when the sci-fi bits do appear they certainly pack a wallop."

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  • Series: Fall of Venus
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484841956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484841952
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,296,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daelynn Quinn grew up in southern Maryland where she spent most of her time exploring her fertile imagination among the trees of her backyard forest. She studied history in college, but dropped out to travel and see the world. After starting a family, she returned to college and earned a degree in Dietetics. Her passion for creativity never perished, however, and in 2013 she finally completed and published her first novel, Fall of Venus. She continues to work on her Fall of Venus series and has another series of young adult books in development. While she's not reading or writing, Daelynn enjoys brainstorming while mowing her lawn, cooking healthy meals her kids refuse to eat, and watching old episodes of Mr. Bean with her three boys.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on July 27, 2013
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"A long time ago, in a land far away..." This is a fair but predictable effort by Daelynn Quinn. She delivers a fairy tale story where boy meets girl, boy rescues girl, boy and girl fight the bad guys, and everything turns out right in the end. Sprinkle in a few hipster 2010 causes (global warming, vegetarianism and domestic-violence awareness) et voile! The Fall of Venus.

To be fair, this is a YA novel, meant for readers much younger and more idealistic than Yours Truly. It is well-written and the characters are engaging, but, as I said, the story is completely predictable. The naivete of the author gives new meaning to the phrase "foreshadowing".

In my opinion, the author has a bright future in self-published novellas, but for a serious future, she would do well with familiarizing herself with darker, post-apocalyptic sci-fi writing, in the vein of Cormac McCarthy (The Road), for instance. Because if, as The Fall of Venus supposes, 93% of the population were wiped out, there would be some serious repercussions in the city's infrastructure, and no hastily-constructed, solar-powered, miraculous subway car is going to change that.

Still, it's written for the Young Adult reader, and who am I to mess with their fairy tale expectations?

The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patiscynical on August 19, 2014
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I wanted to like it. Really.
It starts out with a young woman named Pollen awaking in the woods. She has no idea how she got there or how long she's been there. She tries to go home, but she is being hunted by strangers with guns. She has a tattoo that she doesn't remember getting.
She ends up with Marcus, who has the same tattoo, and is also being hunted.
Turns out a virus has killed 93% of the population. The tattoos mark those few who are immune.
Sounds good so far, my kind of book.
But events become kind of tangled, with a 'mysterious' (not my word) group called Trinity apparently behind all this, obviously for nefarious reasons.
Yada, yada, yada.
I got halfway through and lost interest. I usually finish reading books if I make it halfway, but I reached my breaking point.
Too inconsistent, but since I didn't finish, I can't say for absolute fact that it's no good. I just got bored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil-thom on April 21, 2014
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Perhaps if I had read a lesser author than George RR Martin just before reading this book, then I may have appreciated Quinn more. Jumping from Martin to Quinn was too wide a gap in writing skills, and I seriously struggled to finish Fall of Venus.

The premise of the book is interesting, but the author's style seems as if she is aiming at a preteen audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fennerstuk on October 16, 2013
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I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In a situation very reminiscent of The Maze Runner the story starts off with our heroine, Pollen McRae, awakening in a forest with no short term memories and unsure of where she is and who she can trust. To say that this book starts with a bang would be an understatement! Daelynn wastes no time at all in getting right into the action and having Pollen pursued by bounty hunters straight off the bat and the pace doesn't really let up from that moment. There was a point midway through the book where I apprehensively thought that things may start to slow down and lose momentum, however I was very relived to find that this didn't happen. In fact this particular part in the book was used to go back over lost memories so that we could get a clearer picture as to what happened prior to Pollen waking up in the forest.

The pace of the story is what really drew me in, it was action-packed from the start and never let you feel at ease that Pollen and her newly found companion, Marcus Stygma, would have any respite from what was happening around them.

With the age of the main characters being slightly older than normal in a YA novel there were some adult themes that you wouldn't normally see in a book from this genre. But as these weren't very detailed it didn't spoil the story but rather made it more believable. You would expect this from people in their late teens/early twenties.

One thing that was lacking, in my own opinion, was the absence of any explanation as to who was behind the release of the virus and the main 'Big Bad' that would be the focus of Pollen and Marcuis' efforts. This will, I expect, be covered in the future books but a little more information would have been nice to see.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be adding Crimson Return to my list of books to read in the near future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Mead on August 18, 2013
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*I was given a free e copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Fall of Venus is a novel unlike any I've ever read before. This book is absolutely action packed. The characters are amazing, the storyline is so clever and so unique. I was fully invested in Pollen and Marcus and little Evie. I followed them throughout their journey. I felt every emotion. I cried and I cheered. I do however have one small complaint. The ending! Why?! I know that the author did this on purpose so that I would need to go out and buy the second book in order to learn what happens next and it worked! I will definitely be going out to get the next book because there's no way I will be able to rest until I figure out what happens to our little family of survivors! Great book :) Horrible ending!
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