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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Breaker’s home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker’s valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker’s leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little ‘stroid of a brother alive. Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW and only wants to return to her adoptive home with her dangerous blue secrets. Luka, a red-blood stewing for trouble, wants to right wrongs done to his family and bathe his home in justice.
All three intersect when Breaker discovers a wrecked starship and is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand it over as a weapon. Breaker must decide if aiding his enemies is worth the home he knows and his family’s life. War is coming. And war respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.
When Planets Fall is built around a very intriguing premise: the color of your blood determines your caste in society. It starts with a bang, featuring Breaker and his leg and his younger brother. It felt like I was tossed right into the middle of the story, and it was fun trying to connect all the dots as I immersed myself into this world. There were a lot of unique and bold characters in the story, which always makes for an exciting read. I’ll be completely honest and say that this book has a lot of potential for readers who enjoy fantasy and the excitement that comes with these dystopian-like settings, but I struggled with it. I don’t have much to say about it, but not because it was bad. It simply just didn’t stick with me. I think I read it at the wrong time. I’m giving it three stars, a “good” rating, but I feel pretty confident that it’s going to rate higher for plenty of other readers. I would recommend picking it up if you’re intrigued by the synopsis.
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