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.
-excerpt taken from http://www.jennymoyer.com/read-me/
I have been dying to bring this review to New Book Smell Reviews for quite some time. I started reading this book before its release when I was able to get my hands on an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). I was lucky enough to befriend the author and watched as the magic of publishing her first novel unfolded. The process intrigues me greatly, and so it was fun to watch her YouTube channel where she let us in and allowed us to observe as each stage came to pass. I watched as she edited, unveiled her book art, and held a copy of her book in her hands for the first time.
I only give honest reviews, so I am very happy to say that I loved this book. I have heard it compared to “The Hunger Games”, but I think the only reason for that is because it’s an action-packed book with a strong female main character. It really is unlike anything that is currently out there, so I have a hard time truly comparing it. Orion is not like Katniss to me at all.
The story is about Orion, the main character, and her friend/caving partner, Dram. They are trying to mine cirium, and if they mine enough (400 grams) they will earn passage into the protected city on the other side of the Flash Curtain. Cirium is supposedly the element that will keep them safe from radiation. Orion is the best ore scout. They don’t know that she can sense the cirium, and that is why she is able to mine so much of it. Orion later learns that they are being deceived.
Jenny is a brave author. She is not scared to write a passionate love-scene, create terrifying monsters, or kill off a character in a grisly death. Some of the pictures I had in my head were so vivid by Jenny’s descriptions, that I can’t wait to see if this story gets picked up to be made into a movie, so I can see if the images I created were close to correct.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I really couldn’t get enough of this story. When I wasn’t reading, I was imagining Outpost 5, or the way it must feel in your throat and on your skin as you would approach the Flash Curtain. I am so happy that we have a sequel to look forward to. An amazing debut by a talented new author. Cheers, Jenny!