So, I found this book by asking out on Twitter if there were any indie reads for the year. Before anyone replied I remembered that I have connected with so many authors on Twitter that I should just go through them! Anna did reply and put her book forward but I had already purchased it by then, and so decided to make it my January read, and first read of 2018. What a great decision that was.
When a plague turns people into monsters, the only safe place left to live is the Ora, a spaceship beside Earth's moon. Aboard are the specimens of the next generation, genetically modified to develop powerful abilities, which they must use to fulfil their life's purpose: exterminating those infected by the plague and stopping the apocalypse.
From the day Eos Europa was created eighteen years ago, she's cared about little else. But when she fails to develop an ability, everything she's worked for is lost—that is, until soldiers start disappearing only seconds after reaching Earth's surface.
In an act of desperation, Eos is sent to Earth to find the missing soldiers. But what she discovers challenges everything she's ever been taught—about who she is, where she's come from, and how the apocalypse really began—leaving her to decide whether she'll continue to play the puppet she was created to be, or disappear like everyone else.
The cover of this book was very intriguing and honestly, beautiful. The blurb also did an excellent job of grabbing my face and slamming it into the book. In the best possible way of course. I’m super glad I grabbed this little gem.
Our main character is called Eos Europa and in the beginning of the story, we learn she’s failed her exam for not having an ability like everyone else and won’t be deployed to Earth’s surface to help stop the apocalypse, thus landing herself a crummy job as Grounds Keeper. You’d think that was enough to get her down right? No, she has a conversation with another specimen who also failed and another girl who has the ability to see people’s aura.
Eos overhears a conversation between two members of a team that will be deploying before her old unit about how they won’t disappear like all the others, they’ll willing choose to betray the mission. When they disappear, she is thrust into going down to earth with her team minutes after the one before to try and stop the disappearances and embarks on the mission of a lifetime. Fighting their way through Mutes, people infected with a plague, and meeting new people Eos has to decide what is right and what is wrong for herself.
This NA sci-fi adventure was just what I needed to get out of my reading rut and back into words of other people. The world building is fantastic and there was only one character I disliked - I’ll let you guys figure that out though!
Overall, a perfect start to the year and I would definitely recommend!