Book: Killshot (Icarus Series Book 1)
Author: Aria Michaels
Genre: Young Adult dystopian
After the death of their parents, seventeen year old Liv Larson and her younger brother are separated by the foster care system. Her grades slip, her friends drift away, and she gives up on her plans for college. The only thing that matters is keeping the promise to get back to her brother. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv’s best friend Riley drags her to their high school’s rooftop solar flare party. Despite the beautiful lights dancing in the sky, Liv finds herself captivated by Zander, a mysterious boy with a crooked smile. For a few hours, she allows herself to feel normal again.
That is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm. Cut off from the rest of the world with no sign of rescue, fear and paranoia begin to take their toll on the group. Battle lines are drawn and their ranks are divided. Soon, those left behind must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own…but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.
Can she keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are Liv and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue military unit, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?
Or was Icarus really the KILLSHOT?
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I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
Killshot starts like a typical young adult novel with Olivia (Liv) and her brother being separated and put into foster care after both of their parents die. Poor Liv not only loses her parents but then they take her brother from her. She’s understandably grief stricken and having difficulty dealing with day to day life. She has made a plan, though, to make enough money at her part time job so that she can take custody of her little brother when she turns 18.
Liv’s foster sister talks her into going to a solar flare party to watch what is supposed to be even more colorful than the Aurora Borealis. The decision to go to that party probably saves her life…and she also meets the love of her life. The solar flare ends up being much more than expected and is apocalyptic.
The second half of the book, which is action packed, is about Liv and her friends learning what has happened to their world as well as how it has affected the people. So many have died but then there are some who are infected and become like zombies. Others are infected and are changed, but they’re still themselves…mostly. I’m hoping to learn more about the solar flare and what is exactly happening to the people in the next book, Ballistic.
The characters in Killshot are complex. They often act like typical teens, arguing, acting before they think, and arguing some more. They do care about each other and become close quickly, having gone through so much in so little time and having to have each others’ backs. Liv is a born leader and the others look to her for guidance. Ann Michaels does a remarkable job of showing what the characters are thinking and why they do some of the crazy things they do.
I definitely recommend Killshot for anyone who enjoys young adult apocalyptic novels.
Aria Michaels is the author of The Icarus Series, a bestselling young adult dystopian saga as well as a contributor to ATZ Publications’ Chronology of the Apocalypse, and Tricks, Treats, and Zombies (releasing in October 2016). Aria is an avid reader, die-hard zombie fan, and enthusiastic lover of bonfires and red wine. When she is not glued to her computer pouring out the voices in her head, this busy single mom can be found playing in the dirt with her boys, painting, or binge-watching The Walking Dead. Aria is currently hard at work on the next instalment of the Icarus Series and revelling in her role as instigator of literary mayhem and stealth assassin of fictional characters.
“You are never more than one chapter away from a different future.” –Aria Michaels