27 Hours

27 Hours

by Tristina Wright

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27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she's in love with her best friend, Dahlia. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn his colony’s darkest secret.

To save everyone they love, they'll both have to commit treason.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, these four runaways must stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, or the things they fear most will be all that's left.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633758209
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: The Nightside Saga , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 460,524
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She writes stories about people who are heroes and monsters and sometimes both. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build her new computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.

Still trying to figure out the mermaid thing.

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CHAPTER 1

Nightside 1000 Hours to Dayside: 27 RUMOR

Rumor Mora feared two things: hellhound gargoyles and failure.

The first stemmed from the gargoyle attack that killed his mother when he was ten and left him with a silvery scar down his spine. The second was why he methodically swung through his blade exercises again

and again

and again.

They never knew when another attack would hit. Always be ready. His father's words. Always be aware.

Sweat rolled down his temples and his back, sticking his shirt to him despite the cooler temperatures on Sahara's nightside. His muscles burned, and his scars twinged, but he kept going, pushing through each slash, each step, each memorized movement. The twin machetes felt like extensions of his arms, their inner cores glowing red-hot along the entire blade. His boots slid through the gravel of the empty training lot. He liked the top terrace for a few reasons: it was only a few kilometers from the north city wall, it afforded him privacy for training, and the view of the city was spectacular.

Not many people stayed in the upper terraces for training. The training building was right there so any instructor could see them at all times. Rumor didn't mind that, if it meant fewer people around to talk to him.

Most trainees picked the lower terraces: more practice weapons, dummies, obstacle courses. Plus the lower you were, the quicker you got out when each training session was over. The main avenue through HUB2 started at the lowest terrace and cut the city in half north to south, ending at the main residential district.

Far away, lights dotted the residential towers that were staggered along the wall in enormous stair-step patterns, but they were nothing compared to the illuminated sprawl of HUB2's central district at night. It curved down below him and up again on the western side — an enormous bowl of a city stretching toward the northeastern corner of Lake Llyn. The eastern side of the avenue housed HUB2's adamantine mining operations. Every dayside, the steady thud of drills pounding into the ground filled the air like the city's own heartbeat. Right now, the drills sat silent and dark, long shadows thrown across them from the glittering lights of the city. The mag-train hummed along its elevated magnetic track around the city, ferrying HUB2 colonists who didn't care to walk from one side to the other.

Sahara's host planet cast a dark shadow across the eastern side of the HUB, the gas giant eclipsing a third of the night sky. The stories from Earth said the night sky there had been the color of the void and pricked with millions of stars. Only one moon had stamped a hole in the darkness. The sky above the colonized moon of Sahara was a jumble of blue-green nebula, Sahara's host planet (which had some long number designation Rumor could never remember), and five other moons.

From up here, the sounds of the city — the mag-train, the marines, the shouts, the automata, the traffic — all blended into a steady, thrumming white noise that helped him focus as he trained.

"Did you sleep?"

Rumor glanced at his father, who must have come out of the training facility without him noticing. "A little bit. Like six hours."

"You need more sleep than six hours." Eric Mora folded his arms, his stance wide as he watched.

Rumor hitched a shoulder as he spun around, ending the exercise with a diagonal slash toward the ground. The blade blurred as he moved, thirty centimeters of heated adamantine that cut through the blue-green light from the nearby butterfly nebula smeared across the sky.

"Drop your shoulder more when you land that hit," his dad said. "You'll be able to move into defense better if you do."

Rumor nodded. "Got it."

"Rumor."

He switched the blades off as he straightened and faced his father. Rumor had inherited Eric's wild dark curls and dark eyes, but the brown skin and the wide smile came from his mother. He knew Eric saw his late wife in their only son. The tightening of Eric's eyes always betrayed him. After all, Rumor saw his mom every time he glanced in the mirror or the scar up his back hurt. It'd been seven years, and those memories still didn't hurt any less.

Eric looked like he wanted to say something. Finally, he ran a hand through his curls and blew out a breath. "We need to talk about something."

Rumor arched an eyebrow. "Okay."

"Not now. Later. I don't want to disturb your training."

The second eyebrow joined the first. "Ohhh-kay."

Eric's lips twitched in a smile. "Stop looking at me like that."

Rumor fought to maintain the patronizing expression, but he couldn't stop the smile. "I'm probably going to head down to Padriack's after this. Maybe meet up with Jordan and Steve."

"I have to head into the office. General Stewart wants to discuss something. He said it was urgent. I'll try to meet you there later." He turned away as he spoke, his eyes narrowing at the shadowed side of the HUB, just beyond the military barracks.

"Is it about finishing that?" Rumor pointed up at the partially completed dome that would one day cap HUB2 from wall to wall. Supposedly. The project had been delayed many times for many reasons: supplies, manpower, attacks. HUB1 had completed a dome two years ago, protecting the citizens from air attacks. The HUBs were far too large for the adamantine webbing the smaller colonies used.

"I hope so," Eric said in a distracted tone. "Did you see that?"

"See what?" Rumor glanced in the direction his father faced, squinting into the darkness where the wall cut across a small set of foothills before heading south. Several guard towers dotted the edge, their guns trained out. Marine barracks lined up in organized rows, following the wall to the foothills. Most of them were dark, their occupants asleep. A handful glowed with life, shouts and muffled music seeping out of open windows.

"I don't ... maybe nothing." Eric waved a hand dismissively and walked away. He spun around after a few steps, walking backward as he pointed at Rumor. "Talking. You and me. Later. I promise not to embarrass you in front of your friends."

Rumor gave him a mock two-fingered salute. "Talking. Got it." He rotated his wrists, spinning his weapons over twice as his dad walked away, frowning at the shadowed part of HUB2. Rumor shook his head. Paranoid Dad.

The ground vibrated. It was low and brief, but it was enough for Rumor to pause.

Maybe not paranoid?

Metal groaned. The very distinct sound of stone on metal screeched across the night from somewhere behind the training building, sending goose bumps across his skin. Rumor pressed his tongue to the back of his teeth and strained his hearing over the white noise of the city. He scanned the immediate area, then looked upward toward the nebula. The sky remained clear. HUB2 bustled on as it had before. His dad had stopped walking on the other side of the terrace, and now stared at the shadowed portion of the city.

Rumor's skin tingled as he stood perfectly still and listened. His thumbs ghosted over the hidden switches on the inside of each handle, releasing the chemicals that heated the core and made the blades glow softly. They threw orange light across the ground as he tried to hear past the music and shouting from the barracks.

A roar echoed off the mountains to the north of the wall — a little to his left. The roars never ceased to put him on edge. Even if they never came near the HUBs, he'd never get used to gargoyle roaring during nightside.

Metal groaned again, this time behind him, bending into a squeal that seemed to echo across the entire training ground.

Eric turned around, his eyes fixed on something over Rumor's left shoulder. "Son, you need to move now," he said in an overly calm voice.

Rumor flexed his fingers around the leather-wrapped handles of his blades. He inhaled a shaky breath and took a step forward, his back muscles tightening and the base of his skull prickling. Gravel behind him crunched.

"Come on, Rumor," his dad said, his focus still over Rumor's shoulder.

Gunfire erupted in the distance, the cracks echoing through the city. Rumor flinched at the first shot, hating the instinctual movement despite all his training. His heart sped, and adrenaline flooded his system.

Not again. The words whispered through his mind as he stared at his father.

"Dad," Rumor managed.

"Drop," his father ordered.

Rumor dropped.

The gargoyle launched, clawing the air where he'd just stood. It landed on the other side of him, sliding in the loose gravel as Rumor rolled and came up to a crouch, his blades ready. The gargoyle was one of the more humanoid-looking ones — one head, two arms, two legs — except it had too-long arms and horns curling up from its hairless head. Its skin was an ashy gray color, dappled by the nebula light. He had no idea if it was male or female or if the gargoyles even had those genders. He didn't care. He just wanted it to die.

"Stupid to try to attack a HUB, asshole," Rumor growled as he rose.

"Rumor!" Eric shouted. His gun fired twice, but Rumor couldn't turn around to check on his dad.

The gargoyle clicked at him, guttural noises rolling out of its throat. It lunged, claws swiping for Rumor's face. He bowed backward and slashed at the creature's ribs. The thick hide almost resisted the heated blade.

Almost, but not quite.

Black blood oozed out of the slash, streaking down the creature's side. Rumor straightened and spun, bringing both blades down across its back as it stumbled to the side. Skin split along bone, and the creature howled.

Howls answered it. Howls reverberating all around the wall. A chorus of howls overlapping and echoing as they built in volume and ferocity.

Rumor lowered his chin and stared at the gargoyle. It spun at him again, its claws catching him across the side. Pain bloomed up his side. He brought his blade down across the gargoyle's throat. The skin split, sizzling where the heated blade touched. Hot blood spurted across his shirt and arms. It stank like something muddy and rotten.

The gargoyle sank to the ground, scrabbling at its throat as the blood pooled, a void across the light gravel. Rumor held his side, breathing hard.

"Dad!" Oh, gods, where was his dad? Was he even okay? He'd been so focused on the gargoyle, he hadn't kept an eye on his dad.

Eric stumbled to him. "Are you okay?" Sweat dampened his shirt and stuck a few curls to his forehead. Parallel scratches ran down his cheek, and his hands were spattered with stinking black blood.

Rumor nodded. An alarm wailed, and he winced away. The whine grew to a feverish pitch, echoing across HUB2 and mixing with the horrified screams of humans — of his neighbors, his friends — and the grating and clicking of gargoyles to create a cacophony of terror.

"Rumor!" His dad grabbed his shoulders and pulled him away from the corpse. Eric cursed, loudly and creatively. Rumor thought he caught the word "Hector" but wasn't sure.

"What's happening?" Rumor bent a little to protect his injury. Pain radiated through his ribs. "Where did they all come from?"

His father's answer was swallowed by deafening roars that shook Rumor to his bones.

Rumor looked at the twisted gray body of the gargoyle he'd killed. Its blood was so black, it reflected the nebula above. His grip on his blades tightened. How dare something so ugly live under such a sky? "How did they get past the wall cannons? What's happening?"

Eric shook his head. "That doesn't matter. You need to run."

"What? No." Rumor pulled himself free from his father's grasp.

"Rumor, you need to get out of here."

Screams rose in the air as shadowy figures erupted over the city wall in dark waves. The shadow of a dragon slid across the sky. Gargoyles were swarming his city. There were so many. More gargoyles than he'd ever seen in one attack. Hundreds. Maybe thousands.

The dragon landed roughly twenty kilometers away, on the eastern side of the HUB just past the darkened mining equipment. Its bulk scraped over buildings, peeling off layers of greenery from walls and destroying solar panels as it hit the ground with a roar.

Rumor had always thought the old Earth descriptions of dragons from the archives were ridiculous. Giant lizards that breathed fire and hoarded gold and stole princesses. Those were nothing compared to these. Monstrous creatures as large as those giant lizards, but with long bodies, six legs, and serpentine necks ending in a mouth that split four ways and opened like space's deadliest flower. These didn't care about gold or girls. They wanted to kill and eat and destroy anything that happened to wander across their path. They were untamable and near impossible to kill.

He'd never seen them in a city.

The dragon's head swung and smashed into a narrow red tower, knocking the upper three floors to the ground. It trampled over the rubble, heading directly for the mining equipment.

"That was Padriack's," Rumor said in a shaking voice. "Jordan and Steve were there."

"Rumor."

Rumor's stomach lurched as the dragon howled. "There's a gargoyle riding the dragon."

"What?" Eric breathed.

Rumor pointed at the cloaked figure standing between the dragon's spiked shoulder blades. "Why would a gargoyle be riding a dragon?" That would require an intelligence — a hierarchy — they didn't possess.

"Why aren't the wall guns firing?" Eric asked.

"Seriously, why is a gargoyle riding a dragon like a commander?" Rumor insisted.

An explosion flared along the western edge of the wall, followed by a domino of smaller ones that studded the entire length. Metal wall panels screamed as they tore like paper and fell.

"Dad, what's happening?" Rumor gripped his blades tighter, his wound forgotten as the gargoyles poured into HUB2. The beasts moved in unison, their clawed hands wrapped around shiny weapons Rumor recognized. They moved inward, circling the city like predators stalking their prey.

"Those are our guns. Dad, those are our guns." He couldn't breathe.

"It wasn't supposed to happen like this." Eric's voice shook. "Oh, gods. We need to warn the colonies."

Rumor shoved his dad out of the way as another gargoyle noticed them and charged. He ducked under the initial swipe and drove his blade upward into the gargoyle's jaw. The beast collapsed instantly. He yanked his weapon from the creature's skull and spun around to yell at his dad.

One of the giant wall cannons finally fired, drowning out Rumor's yell and sending large-bore ammunition into the dragon's middle legs. It howled in rage and swatted the gun off its mooring like a tiny bug. The gargoyle standing on the dragon's back wielded a giant curved blade that resembled a reaper's scythe. It pointed the weapon at the rest of the wall cannons. The dragon's long neck swiveled in the same direction, and it swatted at the next cannon in line. That cannon managed to get off a shot but missed as the dragon's jaws clamped around it. They were close enough to the training grounds that Rumor heard every crunch of the dying cannons, his bones vibrating with the aftershock of each one that managed to fire.

Organized.

This couldn't be right.

"Come on." Eric grabbed Rumor's arm and tugged him back to the training building. Inside, they ran through the open space for indoor sparring. "What's the closest colony?"

Rumor stared at the big room. With the door shut, the sounds from the city fell to a muted hum. Sparring gloves hung on the wall in neat pairs. Towels lay folded in stacks. Training dummies stood along the back wall, waiting for the next session. He shivered.

"Rumor," his dad said sharply. "What's the closest colony?"

"You already know that," Rumor said.

"I need to make sure you're with me here. What's the closest —"

"Epsilon." Of the four colonies that surrounded HUB2 like notches on a compass, Epsilon was the nearest. It was exactly twenty kilometers away, closer to Lake Llyn. He only knew that because that's where Dahlia had moved when her mom had taken the chief medical officer position there.

"Okay, we need to get to Epsilon."

"What?" No. No way was he going to run. "I can fight. We can fight. We've been training —"

"We can fight, but not here."

"Are you kidding me? We have marines!"

His dad pointed to the large front windows overlooking the bowl of HUB2. "Do we?"

Rumor stared as his dad headed for the far door to the vehicle lot. "Where are the squads?"

"We can worry about that later," his dad snapped. "Rumor, come on. We should get out of here. They're coming."

Rumor sheathed his blades and jogged after his dad, slowing as the pain burned up his side. Red seeped through his shirt. He peeled it up and grimaced at the blood running in long streaks down his side and into the waistband of his pants. "Hold up, I need a bandage or something."

"First aid kit under the counter. Should be a few tubes of knitting gel. We can find medical at Epsilon."

(Continues…)



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Copyright © 2017 Tristina Wrigh.
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Table of Contents

Copyright,
Dedication,
Nightside 1000/Hours to Dayside: 27 (RUMOR),
Nightside 1000/Hours to Dayside: 27 (NYX),
Nightside 1100/Hours to Dayside: 26 (RUMOR),
Nightside 1100/Hours to Dayside: 26 (JUDE),
Nightside 1200/Hours to Dayside: 25 (NYX),
Nightside 1200/Hours to Dayside: 25 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 1300/Hours to Dayside: 24 (JUDE),
Nightside 1300/Hours to Dayside: 24 (RUMOR),
Nightside 1400/Hours to Dayside: 23 (NYX),
Nightside 1400/Hours to Dayside: 23 (JUDE),
Nightside 1500/Hours to Dayside: 22 (RUMOR),
Nightside 1500/Hours to Dayside: 22 (JUDE),
Nightside 1600/Hours to Dayside: 21 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 1600/Hours to Dayside: 21 (NYX),
Nightside 1700/Hours to Dayside: 20 (RUMOR),
Nightside 1700/Hours to Dayside: 20 (NYX),
Nightside 1800/Hours to Dayside: 19 (RUMOR),
Nightside 1900/Hours to Dayside: 18 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 2000/Hours to Dayside: 17 (NYX),
Nightside 2000/Hours to Dayside: 17 (RUMOR),
Nightside 2000/Hours to Dayside: 17 (JUDE),
Nightside 2100/Hours to Dayside: 16 (RUMOR),
Nightside 2100/Hours to Dayside: 16 (JUDE),
Nightside 2200/Hours to Dayside: 15 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 2300/Hours to Dayside: 14 (NYX),
Nightside 2300/Hours to Dayside: 14 (RUMOR),
Nightside 2400/Hours to Dayside: 13 (JUDE),
Nightside 2400/Hours to Dayside: 13 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 2500/Hours to Dayside: 12 (NYX),
Nightside 2600/Hours to Dayside: 11 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 2700/Hours to Dayside: 10 (RUMOR),
Nightside 2800/Hours to Dayside: 9 (JUDE),
Nightside 2900/Hours to Dayside: 8 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 2900/Hours to Dayside: 8 (NYX),
Nightside 2900/Hours to Dayside: 8 (RUMOR),
Nightside 3000/Hours to Dayside: 7 (NYX),
Nightside 3100/Hours to Dayside: 6 (RUMOR),
Nightside 3200/Hours to Dayside: 5 (BRAEDEN),
Nightside 3300/Hours to Dayside: 4 (NYX),
Nightside 3400/Hours to Dayside: 3 (RUMOR),
Nightside 3500/Hours to Dayside: 2 (JUDE),
Nightside 3600/Hours to Dayside: 1 (RUMOR),
Nightside 3700/Hours to Dayside: 0 (BRAEDEN,
Day 0100Hours to Nightside: 36 (NYX),
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR,
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27 Hours 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BlotsofInk More than 1 year ago
It's complicated. I... was so excited for this book! Seriously, so excited! However, it was wayyyy different than I actually expected. WAY DIFFERENT. I kind of expected something like Legend, where it seems like of like a dystopian futuristic world with tons of action. This... did not have action (until the last... 10%). Sadly, this was not what I expected. I expected so much action and a stunning science fiction dystopian. However, 27 Hours wasn't any of those things. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I expected something different? (But I still love the cover.) The romance was kind of confusing and it didn't seem that realistic. They hardly had any problems during their relationship. However, I enjoyed that there were friendships in this book! I LOVE FRIENDSHIPS YES. But, uh... I had no idea what was happening 70% of the time? I read really quickly, but this writing style didn't work that well for me, sadly. There were lots of one-liners, though! I enjoyed most of them~ LGBT+ DIVERSITY. YES. This seems so much like a science fiction- but it didn't really feel like one. It seemed more like a modern type book- I honestly can't think of any futuristic differences between this world and our world. (Except for the setting.) I LOVED SOME OF THE SNARK THOUGH. Trick (why isn't he even included in the blurb??) is so funny and I LOVED HIM. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. But I really did enjoy reading about how these characters realized that a lot of what they had been taught was WRONG and PROPAGANDA. And that everything is not what it seems like it is. I wish this book went more into the magical system, tbh! NYX AND JUDE'S POWERS ARE SO COOL OKAY. SO COOL.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I really, really liked this one. Tristina Wright has assembled a wonderful, diverse set of characters that I was fully invested in. 27 HOURS is a perfect example of character-driven fiction; it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series! Check out more great book reviews on my blog, A Reading Red Sox, here: http://areadingredsox.blogspot.com/
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I really, really liked this one. Tristina Wright has assembled a wonderful, diverse set of characters that I was fully invested in. 27 HOURS is a perfect example of character-driven fiction; it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series! Check out more great book reviews on my blog, A Reading Red Sox, here: http://areadingredsox.blogspot.com/
kel_babyy More than 1 year ago
I really loved all the characters in this. The diversity was great. I do wish that there was more world building because we never really know why the humans were moved to the moon. I do hope there is a sequel because things left off on a cliffhanger and I want to know what happens next.
TreestandBookReviews More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Siobhan Davis's Sci-Fi series, True Calling, you will definitely love this LGBT Sci-Fi. The story as a whole was enjoyable to read! We get to venture into a planet where 27 hours separate the light and dark times, and the dark is when the monsters come out. The opening chapter really brought me into the story with enough mystery to make you want to keep reading. There really wasn't a moment where I felt bored or even finding myself skimming over the pages. You'll definitely be engaged with the multiple POVs. And having the countdown throughout the book was a unique feature which I felt brought that extra element of suspense. All of the characters were of an LGBT orientation. It was fun to read a book that wasn't the typical boy-girl personalities and didn't just include same sex relationships. This is definitely a diverse read. I will have to say that the romance between all of the relationships felt a little similar in the writing style. If I didn't know whose POV I was reading, I wouldn't have even noticed a difference between the style of dialogue. But this did not in any way deflect from my reading experience. The romance was also nothing overbearing to the story. I felt like there were only a few scenes where the romance started to heat up, but it wasn't anything too steamy. So if you are looking for a steamy LGBT book, this may not be the first choice, BUT there were moments of passion you could feel off of the writing. I also felt like there was an even balance of romance and action. Of course, the sci-fi elements really dominated the plot. Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The very last page will leave you with a cliffhanger. Even though it sucks not having the next installment at my fingertips, I always like to have something to look forward to for the next book. And the author, without a doubt, left that feeling for me.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
I've been trying to figure out for a while how to put my feelings about 27 Hours into words.  There were parts of this debut YA science fiction novel that I loved. However, there were also some flaws in this book that I couldn't ignore. I felt as if this book had extreme promise but ultimately fell short of delivering. That being said, the LGBTQ representation in this novel was incredible and it's worth reading the novel for that alone. 27 Hours begins as Rumor's hometown on the moon of Sahara is attacked by gargoyles, the moon's native species. After witnessing the total destruction wrought by the gargoyles, Rumor escapes to warn the neighboring colonies of the dangers that are coming. While there, he meets Dahlia, his ex-significant other, Nyx, Dahlia's best friend, and Braeden, the son of the base's leader. Additionally, they run into rebels from the forest, who are trying to stop the rebel factions of the chimera (known to the settlers as gargoyles). This unlikely group of teens must stop the war between the colonies and the natives before its too late. This book tackles a lot of themes - it explores family, friendship, heritage, and loss. The premise is pretty interesting and the world-building was decent. I loved that this book was set in a place where race, sexuality, and gender just don't matter any more. Additionally, I liked that Nyx was partially deaf and thought the author did an excellent job of showing how that affected her in both positive and negative ways. The representation in this novel is definitely it's strongest attribute. My main problem with this book was the time frame. I kept finding myself wondering "is this really possible in 27 hours?" I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief so I wasn't ever able to truly become engrossed in the story. The deadline also seemed very arbitrary to me, I never quite understood why that exact length of time had been given. I think that if the book was longer, giving the plot a chance to develop additional depth, I would have liked it much more. I also would really have liked a few chapters from the viewpoint of a chimera, I think that would have added another dimension. As it was, it felt as if we were missing half the story. Additionally, the book skips back and forth between a slightly staggering number of characters (think George R.R. Martin number of characters). I didn't feel connected to any of them and ended up getting most of the secondary characters confused frequently. As mentioned above, I had trouble losing myself in this world. That was also partially due to the romances. There was a big focus on romantic interests (or lack thereof) and sexual attraction. Given the high pressure and high stakes plot, the romance aspect felt a bit out of place to me. If the time frame had been longer and the characters not constantly in grave danger, this aspect would have felt more organic. 27 Hours is a fast-paced, action-oriented YA debut novel that is sure to appeal to fans of sassy characters, science fiction, and romance. Despite a few flaws, I found this one generally enjoyable and would consider continuing with the series. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
An important book for the LGBTQIA scene with kids having two same sex parents, girls crushing on girls, transgenders having problems adjusting and finding their way in live. Not only that, it also gives inside in the minds of humanity 200 years from now. There still exists greed and selfishness, so humanity haven't changed much. Love and kindness still fights to get things right and it's up to a bunch of teenagers to end a war they don't know is basing on lies their parents told them. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing!
Miriam Giorgi More than 1 year ago
I had very mixed feelings for the book in question. The cover had intrigued me a lot, and even the plot was no less, but not being a lazy reader of LGBTQIAPK books I was in doubt whether to read it or not. The contents were really so many, and I was not sure I would have liked it. I can tell you that in the end I am extremely happy to have read it. It was not like I expected. Characters are so natural, and even though they often claim their sexual preferences, it did not look like a genre that I would normally find a bit heavy for the abundance of content. The book itself is long enough, but those 400 pages, during the reading, ran off and I did not even notice it. It was a new and refreshing book I should say. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who has no problem reading this genre, because I assure you that you will notice it barely because of how the story is well structured, how well the characters are drawn and how well is the setting in which everything is place. I'm very grateful to Chapter by Chapter for giving me this opportunity, and I apologize to them if this post arrives a little late on their roadmap, I saw at the last moment that there was also a time for publication. But I can pardon me by promoting this book better. I recommend reading and buying it because it's amazing.
BlotsofInk More than 1 year ago
It's complicated. I... was so excited for this book! Seriously, so excited! However, it was wayyyy different than I actually expected. WAY DIFFERENT. I kind of expected something like Legend, where it seems like of like a dystopian futuristic world with tons of action. This... did not have action (until the last... 10%). Sadly, this was not what I expected. I expected so much action and a stunning science fiction dystopian. However, 27 Hours wasn't any of those things. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I expected something different? (But I still love the cover.) The romance was kind of confusing and it didn't seem that realistic. They hardly had any problems during their relationship. However, I enjoyed that there were friendships in this book! I LOVE FRIENDSHIPS YES. But, uh... I had no idea what was happening 70% of the time? I read really quickly, but this writing style didn't work that well for me, sadly. There were lots of one-liners, though! I enjoyed most of them~ LGBT+ DIVERSITY. YES. This seems so much like a science fiction- but it didn't really feel like one. It seemed more like a modern type book- I honestly can't think of any futuristic differences between this world and our world. (Except for the setting.) I LOVED SOME OF THE SNARK THOUGH. Trick (why isn't he even included in the blurb??) is so funny and I LOVED HIM. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. But I really did enjoy reading about how these characters realized that a lot of what they had been taught was WRONG and PROPAGANDA. And that everything is not what it seems like it is. I wish this book went more into the magical system, tbh! NYX AND JUDE'S POWERS ARE SO COOL OKAY. SO COOL.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
27 Hours is a gripping, action packed adventure! This story hits the ground running, and doesn't stop until it reaches a cliff hanger! For fans of YA Sci-Fi, LGBTQIAPK representation, and fast paced books, this one is for you! I really enjoyed this one! I felt like it had an action packed pace and an interesting plot. It had a uniqueness to it, mixing the human race in space with mythical creatures like hell-hounds, dragons, and gargoyles. The plot seemed to flow well with regards to world building and history telling. I didn't ever feel like things were jumbled or jumpy. I also really enjoyed the unique, diverse characters and their development. The characters were the best part of the story for me. I loved the racial, and sexually oriented, diversity of the group. I loved how they all came together for a common cause and I loved how the gargoyles (or chimera) mixed in and added to the plot conflict and story-line.  Rumor was a very strong character. He was brave, but vulnerable. He was determined to seek vengeance, but also intelligent enough to realize right from wrong.  Jude was one of my favorites. He had my sympathy throughout the book. I loved the ability he had and I loved that he was an ally too the chimera. Nyx was definitely my favorite character. She was strong and fierce, but also soft and vulnerable inside. She had an amazing ability that stood out through the story and also had a life obstacle that she did well with living with. Braeden and Dahlia were great characters as well. They were both unique and compassionate. They were each important to the story and developed well with interesting backgrounds and plot roles. 27 Hours is an amazing story of life, love, loss, family and friendship! It offers danger, romance, moral lessons, and entertainment! The characters are awesome and the plot is well developed and exciting! If you are looking for a diverse, YA, Sci-fi read, look no further! Thank you to Chapter by Chapter for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest opinion and for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. Rumor loses his father when they're attacked by Hellhounds and a dragon. A gargoyle, speaking their language, rode the dragon as its leader. When the gargoyle spoke he yelled to find Vala, so they seem to be searching for someone. Rumor's dad ordered him to run and to warn others of an imminent attack. Rumor ends up in Epsilon. He meets with Dahlia, an old acquaintance. The hormones all over the place became confusing. Then we meet Jude who sees emotions and intentions of others in different colors. He knows deception and truth because of his sense; I did enjoy this power. Dahlia's best friend Nyx wears hearing aids and they practice sign language together, which is awesome and interesting. Nyx has a crush on Dahlia and this became too sappy. The setting is eventually explained, a two hundred year-long journey from Earth to colonize in space. I kind of got tired of hearing about everyone being gay because if somewhere down the line there are no heterosexuals then we will become extinct and if colonization is a priority then reproducing should be a priority also. I guess maybe they can produce test tube babies or something similar. This book is more about categorizing sexual preferences and less about the plot, which was annoying to me. I enjoyed the descriptions of the chimera and found them interesting. I also enjoyed Braeden's and Rumor's sarcastic humor. The conflict and prejudice of the war on the Saharan moon took precedence for a while and that's interesting enough to pull me into the story but then, for some reason, even though everyone is worried about death and impending battle in less than 16 hours, they act like they have time for sex. Attraction and love were being confused with each other. Just because you're attracted to someone you just met, doesn't mean you love them and I feel that too many people use the word "love" too lightly. 3.5 stars for the storyline and world building. * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary consideration.
AlexandraOtt More than 1 year ago
27 HOURS is exactly the kind of YA sci-fi I adore: full of heartpounding action, seamlessly plotted with plenty of twists and turns, and featuring incredible worldbuilding and a lovable, inclusive cast of characters. Don't miss this one!
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Kudos to the author for creating such a diverse and inclusive cast of lovable characters. And boy, do these characters get put through the wringer - nearly nonstop action, incredible world-building, tense, heart-stopping moments. All of this, along with strong themes of family, friendship, and acceptance make for a thrilling, engaging read. Admittedly, I struggled with the pacing at times - it's a tad over 400 pages - and some of the action scenes were quite long. If you're a YA sci-fi fan or searching for #ownvoices books, you can't go wrong with 27 Hours. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"27 Hours" is an intriguing YA sci-fi/action/adventure about several teens living on a colony in space called Sahara. Sahara is actually a moon which was inhabited by different species before humans came to colonize it. Most humans live in cities around a central "Hub" (colonists) although some have left the cities to live in the wilderness at peace with the indigenous species. There is a long (27 hours) nightside which is followed by dayside. The intelligent life lives in tunnels underground during dayside and is only able to surface during nightside. The book follows several teens during a nightside cycle when war is heating up between the indigenous species and humans. Immediately, the book begins with an attack on Hub2, where Rumor lives with his father. The gargoyles (as colonists call them- they prefer to be called Chimera) are attacking and we are thrust into the action of a brutal battle. As the book continues, we slowly gather the pieces of this new world and what is going on. It is somewhat reminiscent of themes of human history with colonists and conquerors across Earth viewing indigenous people as lesser (and even giving them names that they do not like/would not choose for themselves). The Chimera are clearly intelligent, although viewed as savage animals that humans must wipe out. The teens slowly begin to learn more about them as the book continues. However, battle after battle/action scene after action scene leads us to slowly get world-building/information about the new world and species that inhabit it. The Chimera seemed like an afterthought, and while we learn a little about them, we don't learn much. I think it's pretty rare that a book seems way too fast-paced, but I felt this book was too much like an action movie and not enough like a sci-fi book. We run from battle to battle without much pause for breath or knowledge (and it's a really fascinating world that the author has created with new species and new context for humanity). There are a huge cast of characters, many of which I wish we got to know better, as we are bounced between many characters and don't quite settle on one or two as main. There are two major romances, one of which has (unobserved) context and the other which was insta-love. We observe both romances escalate at the same times/same places in the book during a brief pause in battles/action; to the point where it almost felt like it just seemed like time for all the romance to happen. I think I would have preferred one main couple to root for and follow on this journey with more background information. I also would have loved to learn more directly from the Chimera, perhaps with sections directly from their perspectives, as I felt they were a little glossed over for such a complex species and for being the "enemy" with a side that is perhaps even more valuable to hear in this war (it was their world first and humans began by killing a lot of them upon arrival). Overall, I personally wish there had been more world development and less action, but fans of action/adventure may love this focus! One of the great things about this book was the inclusion of so many diverse characters (it would also have been interesting to include more background on the evolution of the human race to arrive at this future). Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.