Project Firebird Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00N7AW4TU
- Publisher : Pashki; 1st edition (August 31, 2014)
- Publication date : August 31, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 863 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,840,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Keep up the good story telling ! ! !
Leo Lloyd-Jones isn’t exactly what you’d call a ‘good kid’. He steals cars (although he refuses to call it stealing) to get into illegal street races with his friends, playing tag with cars. But when he stumbles upon a boy and girl who look suspiciously like his brother Brandon and his girlfriend in the middle of the night, and they’re in trouble, Leo goes out of his way to help him – only to find out they’re not Brandon and his girlfriend at all. But while his parents hope that he’ll get some sort of punishment when they call the police to tell them he’s been stealing cars again, the couple actually steps in to help, and before he very well realizes it, Leo is branded as some kind of hero.
He gets a letter inviting him to a two-week trip, and offering him the chance to get a Firebird medal. But once he arrives there,he finds himself surrounded by kids who all did something important. Like Paige, who practically raised her little sister Skye when her Mom couldn’t take care of her. Or like Rhys, who went to the Northpole with his Dad, and was forced to come back alone, to survive all on his own. The list goes on and on, and Leo feels a little like an outsider, but thankfully Rhys helps him fit in.
But when the kids get their medals, a horrible secret is revealed. A deep space comet is on its way to earth, and when it collided, it could very well destroy everything. The kids have been brought there for a reason – they must hide in an underground shelter and wait out the impending apocalypse. They must survive, no matter what it takes. They can’t contact their families though, can’t even say goodbye, and only get the vague promise that their famlies will be taken to underground shelters all over the world.
Leo struggles to come to terms with what’s happening, but he’s not the only one struggling. As he becomes friends with the other kids in the Nest, he learns more about himself than he thought possible. He learns what he’s capable of, and that turns out to be more than he ever expected.
The book features tons of secondary characters, but manages to give each of them a distinct personality. There’s Paige, always worrying about her sister, but who also has a heart of gold. Then there’s Summer, who wanted to win the Olympics and who wants nothing more than to escape, and so on. Leo shines as a main character, flawed but with his heart in the right place, and brave in the face of danger.
The ending was..shocking. I hadn’t expected it at all. Not giving out any spoilers though, but well, you’ll probably be surprised too.
Solid writing, and although the book is quite long (over 400 pages on my eReader), it doesn’t feel long. The pacing is fast, and the reader gets thrown into the action right away. An exceptional read, very enjoyable.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The characters were also a highlight. I really liked our protagonist, Leo. He was funny, smart and very realistic. Paige and Skye's sisterly bond was so cute and Skye was hilarious. Summer and Rhys were also great characters - as was everyone really. Their were no faults character-wise.
As I have mentioned above, the plot is what made it though. It wasn't as action-packed as I would have thought it would be but there were some great moments. Action wasn't really necessary in the end anyway. What really worked for me is how realistic I found it. The character's reactions were spot on. The right amount of panicking, cool collectedness and confusion.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. It was definitely one of the best dystopians I have read this year and I am eager for the sequel now to see what is going to happen to Joe and his friends.
Note: a copy was provided courtesy of Nick Green through the YA Buddy Readers' Corner group in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given or taken during this process.