- File Size: 4311 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Amy Braun (October 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KPCI45A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Amber Sky: A Dark Sky Prequel Novella Kindle Edition
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I've read the first two novels in the Dark Sky series, and I was curious about how Nash and Sawyer came together. This book answers that question--in a very action packed way. But, the book is not without enough great characters, too. Braun's character-building--and world-building skills are remarkable.
I read this novella in one sitting, in the middle of the night. I started reading because I couldn't get back to sleep. This book in no way solved that insomnia problem. After I finished it, I was ready to look for the next book in the series instead of going back to bed.
I highly recommend this series to lovers of dystopia and scifi. Lovers of the Firefly series should especially enjoy it.
After a catastrophic storm, followed by attacks from frightful creatures called Hellions- huge bloodsuckers who swoop in to attack from an airship- humanity has been decimated and forced underground. Teenage Nash lives in a series of subterranean passages with the Dogs, a gang of marauders who like to fight each other in an arena for fun. Nash is a great fighter, which has its pros and cons. He's getting by until he's forced on an unpleasant mission, where he meets Sawyer, another important character of the main series.
Like all of Braun's books, Amber Sky is nonstop action adventure. The story opens with a bang, in the middle of one of Nash's arena fights, and the pace barely slows all the way to the end. As always, the fight scenes are incredibly detailed and exciting. While Nash is an engaging character, and clearly a good guy in spite of his difficulties, the real star of this book is the dystopian world he lives in. Braun's descriptions are so vivid, I sometimes felt like I was there, which didn't make me particularly happy, since it's truly awful. But it's a great backdrop for some heart-pounding adventure, delivered in spades, as always. I also enjoyed getting to know Sawyer, whose personality is an interesting counterpoint to Nash's.
All the quibbles are mostly my fault. I probably would have enjoyed this story even more if I had read Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky first. (Aren't the cover for this series amazing? I love 'em all!) I find prequels are usually more fun if you know the characters already. It was also a bit short for my taste, reminding me why I don't usually read novellas. I could feel the ending coming and was thinking, "No! Not yet, I'm not ready!" Obviously, the solution to my problem is to read the other books.
I've been waiting for novellas of this series for so long that it feels surreal that I just finished one of them. I loved so many things about this novella and it gave me the strongest urge to reread the series from the beginning so I can go in knowing what I do now.
I love how Amy has an effortless ability to make me forget my own reality to the chaos and devastation that is this world she created. The brutality in this world is so prominent and realistic that I always have a sick feeling in my stomach whenever I read about it. My mind is clouded with utter fear for these characters that I love so much that doesn't let up.
This novella follows Nash, an undefeated fighter in the fighter pits, 2 years before Crimson Sky. I loved him ever since we were first introduced to him in Crimson Sky and this novella made me love him even more.
I loved how we were brought in right into the middle of all the action. It captured my attention from the very first word and it didn't change for one second. I loved witnessing Nash's first encounter with Sawyer and how their relationship was initially formed. In a world where everyone is trying to survive another day, it hurt to see Sawyer trying to do it alone. This novella made me respect both of these guys even more than I already did and I can't wait to continue reading more of this series!
I began reading the first page and was instantly reminded of why I loved this series so much. The world Braun created is rough, scary, and dangerous, but in that terrifying world lies some humans who just won't let anything get them down. Nash and Sawyer are such strong moral compasses, never straying from what they know is right. I loved getting to know these two characters in the first two books, but the way they are portrayed in Amber Sky makes me love them even more.
Amber Sky is beautifully written with delicious detail and non-stop action from start to finish. Once again, Amy has created a chaotic world full of characters worth reading about. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Sawyer and Nash and look forward to more novellas as well as the third book in the series. I would highly recommend this novella as well as the entire series.