The Continent

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of battle—a thing long vanished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

My Review

This book kind of had a bit of the 100 television show and books with a dash of the Hunger Games. Only, Vaela is the lone survivor. Vaela does have some of Katniss Everdeen in her. The battle between the Aven'ei and the Topi is a vicious one. The Topi are the Predator. Although, I have yet to see them camouflage themselves in their environment. However, anything is possible. The Aven'ei are not the Aliens. Which is a very good outcome; otherwise, Vaela could count her survivor rating to less then 10%.

The environment that the author built for this story is wonderful. A desolate icy continent filled with war and the unknown had me intrigued and along for the journey. What a journey it is. Filled with plenty of action, interesting characters, and a good storyline. I don't want to say too much more in fear of giving away something good. I am very looking forward to reading the next book in this series.


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