CENTRAL IS LOSING ITS GRIP ON THE CITIZENS OF GALE CITY.
Megan Skyla, who refused to play by Central’s rules and become a surrogate for her masters, has thrown the city into chaos. Corrupting those around her, she and her friends are forced into hiding – hunted by Central, the evil rulers of Gale City. Skyla’s desperate attempts to keep everyone alive ends when they’re kidnapped by feuding gangs.
Skyla cuts a deal and then betrays both gangs. Now there is nowhere left to run. It’s the desert or die. Her best friend, Crow, thinks she still wants to find a way to cure the Morbian masters of their obesity and finish what she started.
But Skyla has other plans. She’s sure there are settlements in the desert, there must be something out there … and there is. Something terrible.
Skyla is about to find out there’s more than one way to bring about change but one truth remains … Central must be destroyed in order to ensure her survival. There is no other way.
Avian is the follow up to Skeletal which was released towards the back end of last year. I would advise reading the books in order though the author does well in giving background information from the previous novel.
Gale City certainly hasn’t improved since I was last transported there by the author. It is a very dark and morbid world and one I was so glad I was only reading about and not being party to.
Avian is very much about revenge and fighting for what’s right. Skyla is one kick ass protagonist whose strength never ceased to amaze me. With all that she was going through, I am sure most of us would have easily crumbled at the first hurdle. There is plenty of action of which had me on the edge of my seat as to what was going to happen to the characters next.
The author takes the reader on a very dark journey in a world that is even darker and has an added eeriness to it. I have to say I’ve been looking forward to seeing what was next for Skyla after finishing Skeletal and the author certainly didn’t disappoint.
Avian is an enthralling and entertaining read that kept me turning those pages. It had me unexpectedly feeling quite touched in places when we get to see glimpses of Skyla’s more vulnerable side. I certainly wasn’t anticipating the build up of emotions that at times arose but for me it made Sklya more endearing. An action packed thriller that fans of this genre definitely won’t want to miss.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and Children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Emma has also written several winning short horror/Sci-fi stories which have been published in four different anthologies. Emma’s latest picture book, Kitty Stuck, has been hugely popular and her novel, Skeletal, and the sequel, Avian, have been described as disturbing and not for the faint-hearted. She also writes articles for an online advice site called Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting.