Book Blurb:Girl Vs (Sinister Skies#1) by X. Culletto
Publication Date: November 4, 2017
Before the Vela invasion, Rhyan's biggest concern was getting through a day of school. But when she is thrust into the madness of a kill-or-be-killed world, her true strength emerges and a deadly warrior is unleashed. Stumbling through the new morals of a post-apocalyptic world, she learns to depend only on herself. As she gets closer to discovering what the aliens actually want, her lethality becomes unmatched, and she soon learns the extents she'll have to go in order to survive.
3.5 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Aliens, Another-World, Space, Survival, Suspense, Teen--
Rhyan was lucky (maybe unlucky, in her opinion) to survive the alien invasion unlike her family and the most of the rest of the humans. Now, doing her best to survive out in the woods with a few fellow humans, she struggles to get through each day. But soon her group is under attack and she is left on her own. Can she survive this dangerous new world on her own?
"Two girls, a guy, and an alien walk into a bar. The bartender yells "Hey, you just can't Martian here without ID!"
Ok, the joke was lame. But I should get credit for even trying.
This was exactly how I anticipate my alien invasion/dystopians to be- gritty, dirty, dangerous, suspenseful, with lots of questions about who will actually survive as well as showing the darker underbelly of mankind. Yes, I have read a TON of dystopian books, it was my favorite genre for awhile, and if didn't matter to me how the world got destroyed- be it aliens, humanity, nature...zombies are my favorite kind, but really they are all good. I have taken a break for the last few months on my dystopianness, since I felt like they were all the same and I was just re-reading the same books but with different character names so it became boring. Girl Vs. was my first in a long time and I realize how much I missed these edge of your seat adventures, where people are broken down to basics and survival is questionable.
One thing I did struggle with a little bit was I could not connect to Rhyan as a person. Sure I watched her actions and was curious as to what she was capable of, but I did not bond to her really. She was just another player in a world gone crazy, but her survival was not super important to me. I did appreciate how resourceful she became (out of need), this untrained teen girl who picked up skills along the way just like shells on the beach, storing it for later when the times was needed.
"You sure seem to have a knack for this sort of stuff," she said. "It's like you were born for this world."
I will admit that this girl needed a hug desperately because nothing in her life was easy or painless.
This was only the beginning of Rhyan's fight to protect mankind, there is more building that the ending to Girl Vs. set up. If you are looking for a sci-fi alien dystopian full of destruction and pain, then this is right up your alley- don't go into this expecting rainbows and unicorns and a happily ever after (and if that is what you want, maybe avoid dystopians in general, yeah?)
I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.
Xela Culletto loves all genres, but especially loves to geek out to sci-fi and fantasy. She currently lives in Utah with her husband and three children.