- Series: Subterranean Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Carpe Noctem Publishing LLC (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996575685
- ISBN-13: 978-0996575683
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sunscorched: Subterranean Series, Book 1 Paperback – October 23, 2018
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"Good dystopian fiction makes us think about what people will do to survive, the good and the bad, and this book does not disappoint." ~5-star review by Kasey's Book Nook.
"I absolutely love Nori and I cannot wait for her story to unfold." ~5-star review by Lorie S.
"Kept me guessing. I really enjoyed reading this book!" ~5-star review by Lisa E.
"Interesting characters and an innovative story in a dynamic backdrop of environmental disasters. It's a compelling adventure. I read it in one sitting and will read it again. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series." ~5-star review by Kelly O.
"An amazing read that was very fast-paced and has definitely restored my faith in dystopian novels!" 4-star review by Charvi at Not Just Fiction.
About the Author
Though she grew up on a working cattle ranch, it's fantasy and sci-fi that shine Jen Crane's saddle. Her newest novel, Sunscorched, received the 2017 Rosemary Award for excellence in young adult fiction.
Jen has a master's degree and solid work histories in government and non-profit administration. But just in the nick of time she pronounced life too real for nonfiction. She now creates endearing characters and alternate realms filled with adventure, magic, and love. She lives in the southern US with her family and too many pets.
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Honestly though, it’s more than just Nori’s story. Crane knows how to build an interesting ensemble cast with diverse characters. Read this one for an escape that will keep you flipping the pages to see if we all make it out alive (or at least unsinged).
The book opens a twelve years after the Scorch, an event where the sun’s effects suddenly became intense. Billions of people died during the Scorch, and since then Nori has become very sensitive to sunlight, resulting in burns and pain at the slightest hint of the sun’s rays.
Nori’s only escape are her nightly runs. During the hour or two of darkness, she can get outside her house and escape the watchful eyes of her parents for a little while. But even this is becoming a problem. Another scorch is predicted and Nori won’t survive even in her special basement bunker. Her only possible escape is in one of the communities rumored to exist underground, if her parents can find a way to get her there.
I very much enjoyed this book, the world building is complex and has a lot of depth. Characters are relatable even though the situation is strange. As Nori strikes out on her own to find safety in a hostile situation, she grows and finds much about herself and the world. She makes allies who have their own mysterious past histories. Good dystopian fiction makes us think about what people will do to survive, the good and the bad, and this book does not disappoint.
Nori and her family get word of a sunscorch on its way that will be the end of Nori’s life. Nori is forced to take cover underground until the sunscorch is over. Nori finds a whole new world underground that she had no idea exists. Nori and her parents thinks she will be safe with the guy they hire to show her where to go and show her around but when they get underground he abandons her. The people who find her sells her to this guy who takes humans as slave and fights them.
Nori meets this big guy who takes a liking to her and helps to protect her from others who may harm her. I fell in love with Kade from the beginning and was hoping that Nori and Kade would be a couple but Kade already has someone special in his life. But never fear Kade is not the only dude that Nori meets. Nori has more people on her side than she ever knew. There are more people out there with good hearts than she ever thought possible.
While underground secrets start to unfold and Nori starts to see the truth behind what makes their world the way it is and that danger for everyone above is in imminent danger and that things are not as they seem. Nori and her new friends are racing against the clock to make it above ground to save the people.
I love stories like Sunscorched and the worlds they live in like the post-apocalyptic. The world that was created for Sunscorched was unlike any I have read before and I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for the next book.
I would highly recommend Sunscorched to all fans of the post-apocalyptic worlds and thrillers as well.