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I will admit I had no idea what this book was going in except for 2 things. The first, Marie Lu wrote it. And the second, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. A good way to read a book right? Well, I was blown away by how much I liked this book. It starts off quickly and dives your right into the story. Four percent in, I knew what was going to happen and I thought that I wasn’t attached to the characters yet so it’ll be okay. I was wrong. Already, Lu had me attached to Talin and I felt her pain. I knew I was in for a ride after that. The story is your typical one evil nation trying to take over a nation that has yet to be conquered. But it was so much more than that. The Federation uses zombie like experimented people in order to attack others and the Strikers of Mara have had to adapt to this. I thought the use of the zombies was executed well and a good twist on the genre. Throughout the book I thought the pacing was excellent. I found it really hard to put the book down and wanted to know what was going to happen next. Then when I got to the end, it halted a little for me. I understand the ending but I just felt like it didn’t really fit the rest of the story so it dragged some for me. It’ll be interesting to see how it’ll affect the next book but overall, I just didn’t really like it.

I absolutely love Talin, for so many reasons. Talin being mute due to the gas the Federation used was definitely interesting and I really enjoyed seeing how it affected the book. Also, her being a refugee also made herself more badass, in my opinion. Mara is definitely stuck in its ways even though they continually are battling the Federation. The Strikers are obviously amazing for many different reasons and even though there is prejudices throughout the ranks, it is clear to see that they are true family. While the story was really strong, it was absolutely the characters that drew me in. Everything about them worked and it made this story amazing. The characters are going to be the reason I pick up the second book because I need to continue their journey.

Overall, Skyhunter by Marie Lu was a fantastic book. This being my first book by her is going to hold her other ones to a very high standard. The world building was done so well and I enjoyed the fast pace nature of the book. I am a huge zombie fan and I thought the twist that Lu took on the genre was fantastic. While the ending wasn’t my favorite, I am excited to continue onto the next book because of the characters. These characters were so well developed and I absolutely love them. The story is strong, but the connection between the characters are stronger. I absolutely love Talin and following her was a great way to tell this story. I’m really hoping we’ll get her point of view along with Red’s in the next book but regardless, I need to know what happens next. I highly recommend this story if you like small nations holding their own against an opposing tyrant nation, found families, slow burn, and zombies!