A unique landscape and storyline... Flashfall by Jenny Moyer (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

I've been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was happy to get a chance to review. Read what I thought and check out all the other fun stuff, including a giveaway, below...

Flashfall (Flashfall #1)
(Flashfall #1)
by Jenny Moyer
YA Dystopian, SciFi, Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
November 15th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

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My Review

FLASHFALL was a unique premise and setting in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems and humans are a resource for the government. Readers will find themselves cheering on Orion and Dram as they fight to survive and for love and family. A story that is sure to keep you turning pages.

I loved the characters! Orion is a mix of vulnerability and strength as she tries to protect those she loves. Dram is the perfect knight in shining armor. He begins a little like the boy-next-door who Orion has loved for forever. He watches her back and turns into the man who might return her love. There were a bunch of side characters and some serious villains.

The story is really unlike anything I've read. I felt like the first half was paced fairly well and then the second half was almost like plot points with not a whole lot of transitioning between or time for them to really dig in. It was like the characters had to check these things off their list and went around in a circle doing it. There was one terrible and desperate climatic moment after another. This is also where the characters are so tired they can hardly stand but somehow have time for some closed-door love scenes (felt a little forced into the story). I did get that they, and coincidentally the reader, needed to find out some information and go through some things, so it served its purpose in that way. The story also does end well with a lovely tie-in involving the stars that was very sweet.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed the story and appreciated how unique it was. I did want more from it, especially in that second half of the book. Regardless, I connected with these characters and I'm curious what is coming next for them.

Content: Mild swearing, violence (some descriptive), and suggested closed-door scenes.

Source: Received a complimentary eARC through The Fantastic Flying Book Club Tours, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Book Trailer & Pinterest Boards

Check out the Pinterest Flashfall inspiration board here and the creature inspiration board here.

About the Author

Jenny is the author of YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, coming from Macmillan/Holt 11-15-16. She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Des Moines.

Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

Win a signed hardcover of FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer, a Flashfall t-shirt, exclusive patches from the book trailer, a pair of “Follow your dreams” socks, a carabiner and glow wristbands (US Only)

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