ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: Atlas Fallen (Cyber Crown #1)
Author: Jessica Pierce
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publishing: April 24, 2018 (Lost City Publishers)
Source: e-ARC via author
“Sometimes the hardest thing is finding your place among the stars.”
One space station.
And the girl who holds the key.
Tesla Petrov, daughter of an infamous traitor, no longer lives a life of promise in the Atlas space station’s elite flight training program. Stripped of her military rank and banished to the slums, she now scrapes out a brutal existence competing in illegal robot fights for Minko, ruthless leader of the Red Ashes crime syndicate. But when a wrong move costs her a fight—and a fortune—for the crime lord, Tesla knows her days aboard the Atlas are numbered.
Daxton Larose isn’t just visiting the station to celebrate the Centennial of the Crown—he’s hunting a terrorist threatening to end a century of peace on Earth. To do so, he’ll need someone who knows the station. Someone willing to strike a deal at any cost.
Someone like Tesla.
But as the hunt for the terrorist uncovers dangerous secrets from both their pasts, Tesla and Daxton realize that nothing, and no one, is what it seems.
Sometimes you approach a book without expectations which makes it that much better when you discover how extraordinary it is! This was my experience with Atlas Fallen by Jessica Pierce.
Atlas Fallen is Pierce’s debut novel; the first book in the Young Adult Science Fiction Cyber Crown Series. Pierce is a self-published author with an adoration for Star Wars, Star Trek, and things of the like. Find out more about Pierce and the inspiration behind this book here.
Guys, this book genuinely did not give off rookie author vibes! Pierce has a very crisp writing style — concise and effective. The fluidity of her writing makes for a quick, easy read. There are dual POVs, and I always feel that adds to the depth of the narrative. I was captivated which is really all that readers want from authors.
The world-building and character development are phenomenal! I was truly able to get a feel for what the ship, the Atlas, was like. An important component is the political hierarchy, which is well executed. In that sense, you are able to clearly understand the divide among the levels. I was intrigued by so many of the characters and absolutely love the leads, Tesla and Daxton.
Tesla is my favorite kind of female MC — fierce and determined! She has the grit to do what she needs to survive, a compelling need to uncover the truth about her father, and a darkness lurking beneath the surface driving her forward. Daxton, on the other hand, has no control over his life, and he is fighting to get it back. I swooned, y’all! I love Dax!
Steering clear of calling this a retelling (because it’s not!), there are major Aladdin and Cinderella vibes going on with Atlas Fallen. I promise, despite the similar surface stories, Atlas Fallen goes much deeper! Both MCs are trying to uncover their own mysteries aboard the Atlas. There are botFights, some romance, and political unrest! This book is dynamic and fits in well with so many of the other YA Sci-Fi books that readers enjoy.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, especially to fans of The Lunar Chronicles. Little inconsistencies kept this from being a 5-star review, but it is pretty darn close, for me! I cannot wait to see what else Pierce does in the future, and I am certainly looking forward to book #2 in the Cyber Crown Series!
*Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
Until next time…xo