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The first thing that stood out to me were the names. The last and sometimes the first names of all the characters were odd, “Thumbsuckle” or “Gobbledee”, which I thought was rather interesting. However, they didn’t really match the science fictional environment.
Of course, Seckry leads an uprising of sorts, nothing as big as other dystopian novels, but it’s an uprising no less. What bugged me was that everyone seemed immediately willing to help him. There were adults that didn’t know him at all and yet bent themselves backwards trying to help him. I didn’t know why and I still don’t know why. Almost all of these people endangered their lives, jobs, or both for a teenager, why? What did they see in him? It didn’t make sense to me. Everything seemed to just plop in his lap right when he needed it to. If something wasn’t working or he was just about to get hurt, something or someone would arrive just in time to save the day. If I was Seckry, nothing would look bleak because I would know that it’s definitely going to work out for me.
The characters were all interesting, but some of them just didn’t have any point to be in the story. They came off as “plot-pushers” and I was disappointed that they were in there. I wish I could have learned more about Seckry’s sister, Leena, she talked here and there, but I didn’t know much about her.
There were inconsistencies like why, if the worms Seckry stole are so valuable, aren’t they guarded more heavily? If a teenager can just infiltrate the place where they’re kept and all that will stop him is a security camera, what’s stopping anyone else? Also, if everything is so heavily regulated by Endrin, including music, why weren’t the two emails that Seckry received that were against Endrin intercepted? Seckry also chats about taking down Endrin almost everywhere he goes without much thought to who might be listening, yet there are no repercussions. That isn’t very realistic.
There was also, possibly, an undertone message towards Christianity that I just wanted to point out. Seckry Sevenstars is apparently named after Seckraman Sevenstars, son of Gedin, who is the “savior” of the world, because he saved the world from a giant meteorite. Since then, people have worshiped him in a religion. At the end of the book, it turns out that Seckraman is not real (technically). I don’t know if Evans purposefully made this story very similar to Jesus Christ’s, (Who is the Son of God, and came to save the world), but it’s still obviously close. It can most definitely be taken as an attack on Christianity, and whether it is meant to be, I won’t claim to know. However, I think that it was a poor decision to include such a thing in the book because of how it could be interpreted.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was an entertaining read and the ending was a rather well done cliffhanger. I, as per usual, will not be continuing the series, but I would recommend this book for an easy and light read. It had an interesting plot, some farfetched situations, but interesting nonetheless.
It follows a young student in a fictional city of Skyfall after being kicked out of their homeland. The first chapter leaps right in and I was confused for a few pages until things were made clear. In this city this young man must make friends and learn the ways of these city folk. There is a game called friction which is the most popular thing in Skyfall. It is a virtual world that immerses the player in a suspended pod to link their body up to an avatar. They can then trek through different worlds and compete.
The book is full of plot twists some that are so page turning you may just lose track of time completely as you dont want to set the book down. You have your bad guys and good guys but its well put together with great story telling. I laughed, and I even teared up in parts, I consider this a great read and for FREE I think everyone should give it a try!
"City of the Falling Sky" is a amazingly written story filled with mystery, action, romance. There is so much going on in this story that it will constantly capture you attention; the romance between Eiya and Seckry, Kimmy and Loca, and Tenk and his mystery girl he's only spoken once to. Along with romance is the action in the game Friction, which is amazing and I wish I could play. Putting aside the romance and action this book is filled with mystery and always has you asking questions.
What were the worms being used for?
Who and where is Seckry's father? Why did his father leave?
Who and what is Eiya?
Who is the Rabbit Man?
What is going on with the headmaster, Mr. Gobbledee?
Where is Sanfarrow?
and of course, what is the Endrin Corporation doing?
It's amazing how all of these questions get answered and how all the information and facts fit together in the end. It takes a lot of skill and hard work to write a book such as this.
Even though all of the important questions are answered, there are still many questions that remain at the end of the book, leaving an opening for a sequel!
All in all it was a great book and I am so glad I decided to read it! I recommend "City of the Falling Sky" to anyone.