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Skyhunter Duology Series, Book 1
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A broken world.An overwhelming evil.A team of warriors ready to strike back.#1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to...
A broken world.An overwhelming evil.A team of warriors ready to strike back.#1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to...
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  • A broken world.
    An overwhelming evil.
    A team of warriors ready to strike back.

    #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.
    Talin is a Striker, a member of an elite fighting force that stands as the last defense for the only free nation in the world: Mara.
    A refugee, Talin knows firsthand the horrors of the Federation, a world-dominating war machine responsible for destroying nation after nation with its terrifying army of mutant beasts known only as Ghosts.
    But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front to Mara's capital, Talin senses there's more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? What secrets is he hiding?
    Only one thing is clear: Talin is ready to fight to the death alongside her fellow Strikers for the only homeland she has left . . . with or without the boy who might just be the weapon to save—or destroy—them all.
    Loyalty is life.

About the Author-

  • Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Legend series, The Young Elites trilogy, Batman: Nightwalker, and the Warcross series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, where she worked as an artist. A full-time writer, she spends her spare hours reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in the traffic-jam capital, Los Angeles, with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, their Pembroke Welsh corgi, and their Chihuahua-monster mix.

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  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2020
    A group of young soldiers defend their home against the evil Karensa Federation. Talin is a Basean refugee in Mara, treated with xenophobic cruelty by many but recognized for her skill by her battle partner, Corian, and friends Rooke and Jeran. The capture of a former Federation fighter named Redlen with magnificent, strange abilities forces her into new territory and life-altering decisions. Redlen exposes details about the Federation's genetically engineered army of Ghosts, zombielike creatures, leading Talin and the rest to hatch a desperate scheme to infiltrate their stronghold and sabotage their production--against explicit orders. Their mission and its aftermath help Talin understand more about her role in Mara and her reasons for defending a nation where she is often persecuted. In this cinematically imagined dystopia, Talin uses sign language to communicate since early trauma in her homeland at the hands of the Federation resulted in the cessation of her speech. In a deftly plotted first-person narrative that is both expansive and detailed in its depiction of the setting and includes quick-moving battle sequences, Talin's trajectory is convincing. In a few instances, her earnest realizations about her own motivations can feel a bit pat, but this is a mostly nuanced and poignant story that is left wide open for a welcome sequel. Characters have a range of skin tones; one male character is in love with another man. An exciting, layered, action-filled tale with a cast of sympathetic characters. (map) (Fantasy. 13-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 7, 2020
    When the Karensa Federation invaded Basea a decade ago, Talin Kanami and her mother fled north to Mara. Now 18 and using sign language due to emotional and vocal cord scarring from that night, Talin is a Striker, the sole refugee on an elite squadron deemed “the last defense Mara has against the Federation.” Strikers battle Ghosts, formerly human “monstrous war beasts” whose bites inflict transformation. Despite rampant xenophobia, Talin is determined to protect “the last free nation on this side of the sea.” But when Talin protests an execution order for Federation defector Redlen Arabes, her commander, the Firstblade Aramin Wen Calla, imposes a punishment: Talin must take Red as her Shield, a fighting partner bonded for life. As Talin gets to know Red, she learns he is the Federation’s greatest experiment: the Skyhunter, a “half-man, half-machine weapon.” Soon, Talin, Red, and fellow Strikers Rooke Min Ghanna and Jeran Min Terra devise a plan to destabilize the empire. Lu (The Kingdom of Back) creates a devastating, war-torn world, built upon the wreckage of a technologically advanced society. Readers will eagerly await a follow-up to this engrossing dystopian novel, which searingly interrogates traumas of war, immigration, and imperialism. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House.

  • Booklist

    September 1, 2020
    Grades 7-12 Disgraced Maran elite warrior Talin is assigned to partner the Karensan prisoner of war, Skyhunter, after she saves him from being sacrificed. Despite their differences, their goal is the same: take down the Empire before they defeat Mara, the only remaining free country on the continent. As details about Skyhunter's military modifications emerge, the strikers learn of the super-human army being created to finish them. A desperate mission to Karensa to stop the experiments fails, but not before the forced bond between them becomes much more real. The whimsy of a pocket pet, the brutality of human experimentation, the headiness of impossible love stories?straight and gay?all are elements of Lu's latest outing. Talin narrates the tale, which is in itself smart writing, since she is also mute from poison gases. Her clear, if unheard, voice is the vehicle for pacing and for emotional impact. Talin's world is identified as postapocalyptic, with ancient records related to technology evidence of its downfall as well as the source of its new inhumanity. Paradoxes abound and readers will glory in them all.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lu's books are impossible to keep on the shelf, and a new series guarantees a fresh barrage of requests.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2020

    Gr 9 Up-The nation of Mara is fighting a losing war against the Karensa Federation and its superior technology harnessed from the Early Ones-a fallen civilization readers will recognize as our own. Mara was supposed to be a safe haven for Talin and her mother; instead, refugees are kept outside the city walls. Talin is proud of the features that signal her as Basean-light brown skin, "eyes green and slanted and long lashed," black hair that shines blue-though many Marans refer to refugees like her as rats. As a Striker on the warfront, Talin fights Ghosts-humans who have been horrifically re-engineered by the Federation to become monsters intent only on killing. When Talin saves a mysterious prisoner of war she may have also found the key to beating the Federation-but first she has to decide if the prisoner is a potential weapon or an ally. This post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure is a visceral exploration of the emotional and physical costs of war. Poison gas scarred Talin's vocal chords leaving her unable to speak; she instead communicates with the sign language used by Strikers. Talin's narration is caustic as questions of allegiance and loyalty move the plot forward, with Talin and her friends struggling to save a country that offered refuge while withholding common decency. At the cliffhanger end of this book Mara's fate is far from secure, leaving readers to wait for answers in the conclusion to this duology. VERDICT Suspense and high-action fights make this plot-driven story both fast-paced and brutal.-Emma Carbone, Brooklyn P.L.

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    A New York Times and Publishers Weekly besteller

    "Cinematically imagined... An exciting, layered, action-filled tale."

  • Booklist "Paradoxes abound and readers will glory in them all."
  • School Library Journal "Suspense and high-action fights make this plot-driven story both fast-paced and brutal."
  • Publishers Weekly "Lu (The Kingdom of Back and Legend) creates a devastating, war-torn world, built upon the wreckage of a technologically advanced society. Readers will eagerly await a follow-up to this engrossing dystopian novel, which searingly interrogates traumas of war, immigration, and imperialism."
  • The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books (BCCB)

    "Lu ably balances lightning-fast action and stirring battles with romance, weaving in enough bits of cultural history to give the story some grounding... This hearty but small group of Talin, Red, and a few more allies face formidable odds in the next outing, and readers will likely eagerly await news on how they fare."

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