Broken Skies

Broken Skies

by Theresa Kay

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Overview

Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

After the Collapse wiped out more than 90 percent of humanity, the aliens arrived. Known as the E’rikon, they sit within a shielded city, content to ignore the dwindling human settlements. Seventeen-year-old tomboy Jax Mitchell and her twin brother, Jace, are among the survivors, living within the community of Bridgelake.

When a terrified yet defiant Jax watches the E’rikon kidnap Jace, she decides to rescue him on her own. Wracked by crippling nightmares and panic attacks, Jax finds an ally in Lir, a handsome teenage E’rikon who was left behind by his ship. The two of them form an unlikely partnership, with Jax guiding Lir through human territory while the alien promises to sneak her into the E’rikon city. But as Jax’s connection with Lir intensifies, she discovers a shocking secret—one that could have catastrophic effects on humans and aliens alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539516538
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Theresa Kay’s love for writing manifested in her youth, when she found joy in working on middle school research papers that her fellow students considered pure drudgery. In addition to the novel Broken Skies, she is the author of the Bright Beyond novella series, as well as its short story prequel, Dark Expanse. A paralegal by day and a devoted member of the Rebel Writers critique group, she currently lives in central Virginia with her husband and two children.

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Broken Skies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book by this author but I found the book on freebooksy and after reading the description I decided to give it a try..... I have been let down before by intriguing descriptions and pretty covers but this book was not one to disappoint. It kept me glued to the pages willing my self not to skip ahead so I knew if things would be okay... all in all we written. The main character can be a little up and down but as the book and series go on you learn more with each twist and turn, her issues make more sense. I enjoyed this book and I hope you do as well. But just a warning it's hard to put this book down :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But a semi-cliff-hanger ending, which i dont like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced & entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the sequel!
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Broken Skies  by Theresa Kay Broken Skies is a different twist on the Dystopia genre, it has the potential of books like the Hunger Games and Divergent.  Written about an apocalyptical world after the fall of society people are faced with a greater danger, aliens.  The story revolves around a set of twins, who are orphaned and how they survive in this chaotic and deadly world.  When one of them is captured by the aliens more of the struggle between the alien race and man comes to light. This is a great into a new dystopian world that I will look forward to reading. 
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
I received a digital arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review....and now I may never recover. Well....I am currently in epic book hangover mode. Not only did I stay up until the wee hours finishing this book, I have also just spent most of today sitting around, staring blankly at the walls, trying to recover. Have you ever watched the Sing-Off?? Shawn Stockman always talks about how when you hear a good song, sometimes you get the stank face (where it looks like you smelled something bad), b/c the song is just so good. This book gave me the stank face. And now I have the great burden of trying to figure out why I loved it so much so that you may also be convinced. I haven't read a lot of sci-fi's, but not for lack of interest. More b/c I've been caught up in this paranormal trend, and so I just haven't sought out any recommendations for good sci-fi. I'm not sure where I was going with that....let me start again. Characters. Characters are the meat of a book for me -- they will make or break a book on my personal taste scale. Well great big check mark there. I really fell in love with Jax....she was so damaged and broken, yet strong, sassy, willful.... And all the secondary characters were well developed....enough to make me intrigued by them -- Emily, Jace, Flint.... Even the bad guys effectively made me rage in hatred for them. And then there's Lir. OH Lir. What were you thinking??? OK, I don't think I can talk about him b/c he made me feel so much and I'm still recovering. But seriously, the chemistry between Lir and Jax was off the charts....such a subtle build up, packed with the occasional roadblocks. Enough to make me fall for them as a couple and thus feel all the heart ripping out agony as they went through their troubles. LOVED the world that Ms. Kay built. I could really visualize it, from the Bridgelake settlement, to the abandoned towns, to the alien city, and even the aliens themselves. Now my only problem is that I need the next book NOW NOW NOW, and this book hasn't even been released yet. The conundrum of reading an arc. I guess that's not my only problem....my more immediate problem is -- what in the world am I going to read now??? Epic book hangover.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Hmm, let’s see. Dystopian…check. Post-apocalyptic…check. Extraterrestrials…check. Romance…check. Action adventure…check. Intelligent, take-no-prisoner females…check. Insta-love…half-check. Oppressive leader…check. Does all this sound familiar? Well, yes, much of it, if not all, probably does but there’s still something a little different here, a feeling that there ARE still fresh ideas in this kind of story. There is one particular element that really appeals to me in Broken Skies and that is the alien invaders because, for once, they don’t attack in vicious hordes and try to either wipe out all of humanity or turn us into food. Instead, they take advantage of the destruction we had already wrought on our poor planet and move into a deserted city, away from the humans. They resemble us a good deal—and here’s where I found one minor weakness. I find it hard to fathom an alien from another planet being named Stella. But I digress. The question of the aliens’ true intentions is the elephant in the room and I’m not telling ;-). You’ll just have to read the book and find out for yourself but I will say that there is rarely a dull moment and there’s a surprising twist near the end. Characters are strongly drawn and I found some of them very appealing while others are not so much so. Dane, especially, is a fine example of a man you love to hate and his uber-paternalistic treatment of women is enough to raise any rightminded person’s hackles. It’s scary how much sway he holds over his followers, even some of those very downtrodden women. Brr, he makes me shiver just thinking about him. On the other hand, there are many players I like very much: Jax and Lir, of course, but also Emily, Flint and Rym. I did want to occasionally throw things at Jace because he can be so maddening at times and so overbearing towards Jax, almost like a Dane in training, and I would get just as annoyed with Jax for letting him control her. Watching these two reach the point of possible no return is a large part of the emotional appeal of Broken Skies. Insta-love? Yeah, it’s here but the overall story is strong enough that this is not nearly as aggravating as it is in some young adult fiction. It’s also tempered by a good deal of friendship and heartache and, when all is said and done, it becomes a part of the story rather than the main focus. Finally, while there isn’t a cliffhanger as such, the tale is clearly not finished and I’m very glad of that. There’s much I still need to know and I want to spend more time with these humans and aliens.
CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
So, I was feverishly looking for a new book to buy last week. And by "feverishly" looking, I mean "oh-my-goodness-I-need-a-super-wonderful-read-right-now-or-I'll-go-crazy" looking. It was intense. I couldn't really concentrate. It was late, I should have been going to bed but I knew that if I didn't buy and start a good book I'd never get to sleep. It's like a ritual for me or something. I can't tell you how lucky I am that most of the Facebook blogging pages that I was browsing recommended Broken Skies. Because, seriously, I went into this book thinking I could read a chapter or two and be done but I didn't go to bed until about 3am. Yeah. I felt like this book was one of those that immediately held my interest. Oftentimes, I find myself trudging through the first few pages of a book trying to get hooked by a character's inner dialogue or a descriptive introduction and world building. But Ms. Kay started strong by jumping right into the story with our main character, Jax, and an obviously semi-stressful situation. And THEN, we're given some background. The segue was flawless. As for the main characters; Jax and Lir, I really can only complain that there wasn't more of these two! This is just the beginning of a series so I have a feeling we'll see a lot more depth to both of these characters as the story progresses but I am already very involved in their love story. It's the classic Romeo and Juliet type story that involves two people(uh, human and alien?) that connect and grow to care about each other but due to a world that just wants to divide them, they're never really able to just be together. I think that is the beauty of a story like this. You have two people who are obviously young and still maturing and so confused about everything else in life. Life or death things. But when it comes to each other, regardless of how things seem, I don't believe for a moment that they doubt their connection. This is what the reader has to hold on to. So, here I am... Holding on to this couple and their amazing story throughout the book. And then the end. Wow. I have to say that I don't think I expected the end. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Seriously. You absolutely won't regret it.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Broken Skies was a double bonus for me combining two of my favorite genres, dystopian and science fiction, into a story that was entertaining and fun to read. Not only has society collapsed with most of the planet's population of human beings wiped out, but now there are aliens inhabiting a city they've taken over. No one knows much about the aliens but rather accepts their presence as more of a nuisance rather than a threat.  Jax (Jasmine) felt that way too until her brother, Jace, was taken by a trio of aliens. Jax intrigued me before I even began reading Broken Skies - I wanted to know more about her after finding out she had to kill two men. I knew she didn't have any other choice when she says she "went a little crazy" afterward. After their mother died and something happened to their father (they aren't sure what), it was just her and her brother for a long time until they moved to Bridgelake (formerly Virginia) under the leader Dane's protection. Lir was entrancing from the beginning with something mysterious and attractive about him which always reels me in from the get go. I didn't quite trust him just as Jax didn't, but she didn't have any other choice than to journey with him to rescue her brother. Chances were good she wouldn't be able to get into the alien city without him, so making sure she went with him made sense to me. He made you want to believe in him and his intentions.  While I liked Jax for the most part, she sometimes annoyed me. I felt for her since she never got to know her mom, and she doesn't know what happened to her dad. I wished she had taken the opportunity to get to know more about Bridgelake because I wanted to know more about it. With Jax being the narrator, my knowledge was limited to what she knew, which wasn't much. I would've loved having Lir's point-of-view, too.  Broken Skies was intriguing and exciting, and I'm looking forward to the next installment. This ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, and I'm dying to know what happens next! If you'd like to see what happens when dystopian crosses with sci-fi, then pick up Broken Skies!   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Broken Skies left me both exhilarated from Theresa Kay's fast paced writing, and emotional following the rollercoaster ride which the plot takes the reader on. This story is a character-driven one, and Theresa Kay's two protagonists could not be more different. Jax is a broken young woman who has suffered trauma and therefore she does not like to be touched, but she shares an extremely close relationship with her twin, Jace. Lir, is an E'rikon who has been left behind on a mission. He and Jax immediately share a connection, past him promising to escort her to the City to save Jace. As the plot develops so does the bond between Lir and Jax, as they face danger on their journey to the E'rikon City. Theresa Kay is able to add to the suspense of the story through Jax's continuing nightmares, which is how the reader is informed of Jace's condition and torture. Broken Skies is a wonderful composition of dystopian romance and science fiction. I enjoyed the way in which Theresa Kay was able to incorporate Lir's complicated family relationship, and I thought the little surprises she inserted into the plot were brilliant! A definite recommendation!
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars Dystopia...aliens...what about those two does this girl not love? Put them together and BAM, you have me trailing after you like a rabbit to a carrot! Set in our world, not that far in to our future, there is society completely upheaval by the Collapse, which brought on the near death of civilization through use of biological weapons. Than aliens came, but they weren't interested in humans and didn't find it necessary to help them in any way, so there was a distinct segregation of the two. Humans, in outposts trying to live life as normal as they could and the aliens, in their own city, domed off from the rest of the world. From the start, I liked Jax. Stubborn, strong and a little off center from everyone else. A natural curiosity for things that could get herself into trouble, and a brother, Jace, who would do whatever possible to keep her out, or get her out, of trouble. Funny thing is, it ends up being her that goes to get him out of trouble. I could so see Jax doing this too, even with the little you know about her to start with, she's a girl who has gumption and will anything for her brother. She wonders if it's a twin thing, I think it's just because he's all she has left and she knows he'd do the same thing for her. Lir, the alien boy, comes across a bit conceited when he and Jax first officially meet, but as their travels go on, you get to see the change in both of them. This alien boy is hot, I mean, the way the author described him, she has me smoldering for him. I picture him looking like a young surfer/model, but you have to add touches of gold and green to him, along with some curls. Not too buff, but not skinny or lanky either. Just right. Through the story, you sense there is more to him than he's letting on, and I was not disappointed. The story flowed pretty quickly. I started getting tired of the travels, attacks and such, but right about at that time, the author brought on the next phase of the story. The alien life style, government, and the prejudices of the aliens towards humans. The author also adds quite a few more layers to the story. The action starts really picking up at this point, but at times there was so much going on that I started having to reread to make sure I wasn't missing anything and to keep things straight. This is the first book in a series and I am happy to say that the author did not leave off with a huge cliffhanger but giving me the curiosity of wondering what happens next. I look forward to reading the next book, "Fractured Suns." This is a clean read that will have any dystopian/scifi reader intrigued and satisfied. Bravo Ms Kay, Bravo!
SabrinaNedeleaSN More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Itching for Books and Theresa Kay for giving me the opportunity to read Broken Skies. I have a great admiration for self-published authors. It's hard writing a book and hearing the critics afterwards, but it's even harder to try and publish it yourself. It's a great deal and for that you need courage. But, that's only my opinion. Mostly, every book, every story I've read by know by self-published authors was good. But, this one really deserves a five star rating. I was great, the story flew well and it kept me on the edge wanting to read more. I didn't stop until I finished the book and now I want to find out more! Try making a book with aliens to be a great success. Theresa did it, and she realized it with full glory! You have a lot of amazing characters, like Jax, and Lir, Emily, Jace, Flint. I couldn't find anything to annoy me, even with the bad guys. That's how great the story is. I don't want to give spoilers, I won't because you really have to read the book. It's an necessary read! I don't even have enough words to describe how amazing this book was. I highly recommend it to anyone you are going to love it! Thank you again for giving me the chance to read it!
OJMomma More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this book in return for an honest review. I was pretty leery of beginning this book. It's not my typical novel and I was pretty hesitant to start it. Sci-fi is not my genre of choice. Aliens, they just don't interest me and honestly kind of give me the heebie jeebies. But darn it, Theresa captured my interest right away and held my attention until I devoured the book in one sitting! The characters are well developed, the story line is original, and holy heck LIR, the alien...heaven help me, there are no words for him. Love him, hate him, have extreme reactions to him - yep. that was me! My emotions/reactions as the story grew and developed were up, down, and sideways...not to mention the cliffhanger. Sheesh, when it ended I needed the next installment right away!!! This book was amazing and you will not regret your purchase. Treat yourself, buy it now!
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Barclay Publicity in return for a fair and honest review Broken Skies is a young adult, dystopian sci-fi adventure, all rolled into one amazing and intricate story that comes complete with its own cliffhanger ending that will leave you wanting more. The story starts off simple enough - a girl and her twin brother are staying in a village where they are supposed to be safe. The girl feels stifled however and plans to speak with her brother about moving back to their cabin. Unfortunately, her brother is captured by 'aliens' before she has chance to and no one else seems bothered about rescuing him, so she will do it herself. As this story moves along, you are introduced to more characters and scenarios, that are all fantastically written. No character can be taken at face value and the story gets more layered as you progress which means that by the time you are even right near the end, you are loving every moment for the detail that you are being given. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read book 2! Definitely recommended to all YA, Dystopian and Sci-Fi fans out there. Just be prepared for this book to pack a punch, especially when decisions have to be made.