The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?
About the Author
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shadow Fall is an intense, action-packed book! I am sure that comparisons will be made to other dystopian/young adult books, but trust me when I say that this one stands on its own legs. The characters are all exceedingly well thought out and written about. The places are instantly recognisable from their descriptions. As for the plot itself, well it twists and turns, throwing new action at the turn of every page. There is a hint of a love-triangle, which I'm really hoping doesn't actually come to fruition! Maia/Everly is a fascinating character, who makes choices that not everyone will agree with, but it is what she thinks she must do to protect her younger brother. Riser is someone that she knew when her world was dark, and although she has feelings for him, she isn't sure if she can trust him. Caspian is the Prince that she was 'matched' to before her life changed. Genetically, they fit, but will they in real life? My heart was in my mouth for the climax of this book. It was one where I wanted it to end so that I knew what happened, but also didn't want to end because I needed to stay with these characters a bit longer. It does end with a major cliffhanger, just to warn you! Exceptionally well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book that I would happily recommend, and I look forward to reading further in the series. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is the YA page turner you have been looking for! You will experience danger, betrayal, emotion, and murder! If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Host, and The 100 you will not want to miss this one! The Plot: Betrayed by her mother, and forced to witness her father's execution, Maia Graystone was left with the responsibility of caring for her brother Max. Caught stealing food to feed him, she is thrown in to "The Pit", forced to fight and survive with the other prisoners, not knowing that she was safer there than in the open where The Emperor desperately searched for her and Max. When she is finally found, she learns that the Emperor will stop at nothing to rip her apart for "the key" that her father hid inside her years ago. After an unexpected rescue, and reunion with a dangerous character from "The Pit" Maia discovers that the only way she will learn the true nature of "the key", her father's forbidden invention, and perhaps a way to save her world from destruction from the imminent asteroid collision, is to join forces with "Pit Boy" and join The Trials at the Emperor's Gold Court. Will she make it through the trials, save the world, and stop herself from falling in love with "Pit Boy" after she finds out the truth? Shadow Fall is a must read if you love Sci-Fi books. I found it to be fast paced and intriguing. There was such an extensive level of detail given to the world and social class building. I really enjoyed the fact that it felt like the author was heavily influenced by titles mentioned above. Audrey Grey included the best concepts from those popular books and used them to shape Maia's story. Maia was such a well developed character. She had depth and emotion, and showed an amazing transformation throughout the story. She was brave and delicate at once. She was determined to embrace the changes she went through to complete the trials, and yet, she tried so hard to hold on to her true self. She was fierce and strong like Clarke from the 100, and still soft and caring like Melanie in The Host. And, deep down, I felt that she paired well with Riser, "Pit Boy". Riser, or as Maia liked to call him "Pit Boy", was such an interesting character! He was quite dangerous and terrifying, but you knew that there was raw emotion hiding deep inside. His transformation in the story is most incredible, and the details we learn about him add such complexity to his person. You want to root for him and Maia to be together, and are still left somewhat uncertain if he is going to betray her. Don't miss out on this amazing Sci-Fi book! Book 2, Shadow Rise, is set to come out this November, and I am dying to get my hands on it! I rate Shadow Fall 5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this free review copy in exchange for my honest review.
I don't even know where to begin. I was basically rolling around on the floor in excited misery the moment I finished. I was instantly mad that I didn't have book 2 yet. I feel like I need to reread it again, just to make sure I got all the details. This book is like Hunger Games meets Red Queen, but set in space. AGHHH! I need the physical copy so I can hug it. The characters were very well thought out, but more than that, they felt tangibly real. I was kept on my toes wondering constantly if this person was "good or bad" because their decisions seemed to fall into a gray area. And that's how life is! You really have no idea how you will react to something, or which decision you would make until you are placed in the situation. I really enjoyed that these characters were dark and broken. I actually related to a few of them because of that very reason. The world you find yourself in is scary. It's not something that any of us would desire to live in. Grey paints us a portrait of dire fight or flight scenarios, while painting just the right amount of hope to keep you wanting to see redemption for these people. The storytelling is warm, and smooth like butter. I had zero hiccups learning the new world, keeping track of the characters, and of the hidden agenda you learn about. If I wasn't a mother of 4, I would have read this straight through and told everyone to shut up and leave me be until I was finished. Alas, I wasn't privy to that option. I'm literally counting down the days on my calendar for book 2. Not even joking. Don't hesitate for one second to read this book. You won't be sorry!