Author: Merrie Destefano
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Page Count: 400
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.
Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.
And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.
Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all…
Yes folks, I have returned to the science fiction once again. This time we are staying on Earth and battling the invading aliens, woohoo! Valiant by Merrie Destefano is a young adult romantic science fiction fantasy read that is extremely fast paced and action packed.
In the very near future in America (2037) we have a second great depression era going on along with a drought and energy crisis. However, Americans have obtained a bit of hope in the form of a space ship called Valiant which is set to launch on a space mining mission.
Just as Valiant takes flight though Earth is invaded by the Xua. With the ability to possess humans to turn them on each other there didn’t seem to be much hope in that initial invasion. Seventeen year old Sara however finds that her younger brother Gabe is a target and she must keep him alive at all costs and with the help of time travel Sara has more than one chance to save the world.
I’m one that absolutely loves an extremely fast paced read with new happenings practically on every page and Valiant was just that sort of book. From the opening prologue readers are shot out of a cannon and hit the ground running in the story with a lot of creative and unique twists to an alien attack.
However, my one complaint with this one is there were a few things I really wasn’t ever quite clear on with the world building being at the break neck speed that it was. The character building is also a bit thin but we are given a background briefly that these were all friends/family beforehand so the love connection isn’t exactly insta-love but the years of friendship are told and not shown. Even without those little details I still enjoyed this one and wonder after the end if this is the beginning to a series and if so I’ll definitely be there for book two.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Born in the Midwest, former magazine editor Merrie Destefano currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music―although rarely all at the same time. http://www.merriedestefano.com