[Review] Link

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Title: Link

Series: The Shadow of Light #1

Author: Summer Wier

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Published: September 29, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that's missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.
Link is a terrific story that blew me away with its uniqueness. Even though I read the summary, I have to be honest, I didn't know what I was getting myself into.

At first, I was a bit confused with everything, but as the story went on, things got clearer, making it a lot easier for me to understand the plot and what was going on in the scenes. I have to be a bit honest, I would have preferred a bit more information in the beginning because I didn't know that this didn't even take place on Earth. That completely threw me off and if I wasn't already intrigued by the story, I probably would have let that bother me even more than it does. Though I see why it was done the way it was.

I really do love the unique spin on the "light vs dark" and the "end of the world" in this book. I feel it was very well done. As for the characters, I feel like there could have been more and though there was a bit of character development, everything seemed so fast that it just seemed... raw. I believe the characters could have been a bit more well rounded, but this doesn't severely impact the story for me.

The mystery element to this book was grand and I love what was done with it. There's just something about space, stars, etc that piques my interest and the author does a great job to bring out that wonder I feel when I look through a telescope. I wish there was more detail when it comes to this sanctuary so I could fully grasp it and imagine it in detail.

As for the dialogue, from the very beginning, it felt believable and I'm glad for it because believable dialogue is a must!

All in all, this story was very good with an intriguing plot and a promise for a great continuation. I really hope I don't have to wait too long to see what comes next for Kira and everyone.

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