Excellent Marie Lu world-building with major "Skyward" vibes

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Marie Lu is a master of complex, diverse, action-packed, character-driven dystopian/sci-fi YA lit, and it looks like Skyhunter is going to be a great addition to her other popular series. Lu introduces her world and protagonist with the right balance of clarity and intrigue, not overwhelming the reader with too many details. The main character, Talin, already an outsider, is immediately thrown into a dire situation when her fighting partner is killed while they are on duty together. And her partner's father blames her. There's empathy to spare when it comes to Talin, who the reader is already rooting for two chapters in. So far, Lu's world strikes me as a mix of Brandon Sanderson's YA novel Skyward and the anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Give to fans of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's sci-fi and to teens who need something newer than The Hunger Games and Divergent.